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Hack my daughters 'gastritis'

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

My daughter has had problems with too much acid production in her stomach since she was very little. When she was 4 and 5 she would complain about tummy aches. I thought that she was using it as an excuse to not eat food that she didn't like. Her father has ulcers and he uses it as an excuse often. Then one day she began vomiting and would miss several days of school. After a visit with a specialist and an endoscopy and a colonoscopy (at age 5 how sad it was to watch her go through all of this) they said she has 'gastritis' or in other words, too much acid production. They put her on daily Prevacid. This worked well and we kept her on it for a few years. Then I slowly weaned her off as it was getting expensive and I worry about her taking meds everyday for they rest of her life. Fortunately, it seemed that she had outgrown the problem. She has gone about 3 years now without any major problems and she only takes a Tums or two if it gets out of hand (this was only about once every other month). Suddenly the problem has reared it ugly head again and we are starting the Prevacid again.

Now, I know that the Prevacid will work. The doctor has informed us that she will be dealing with this the rest of her life as it is hereditary. I am wanting to find a more natural alternative to this. I don't want her to have to take meds everyday for the rest of her life. I worry about the long term side effects. I hate how doctors are ready to just jump on the "its genetic, here is a prescription" bandwagon. Her father has really bad ulcers. I wonder how much of this is caused by the SAD. I have recently switched to a Primal/Paleo diet and I am slowly easing the family into it (they are a little harder to sell on it).

If anyone has any experiences with this please let me know. My beautiful daughter is 11 and I don't want this to affect the rest of her life. She seems to be in constant pain now and I am willing to pay for the Prevacid but hate to keep feeding Big Pharma if there is a natural way to prevent or treat this.

Thank you in advance!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:50 PM

I agree with pointing out that the vomiting may be due to being upset- I have gastritis too, and we eventually eliminated vomiting as a symptom b/c we figure it was mostly b/c I got worked up and usually induced it myself to try and make myself feel better. I was pretty little, so it was hard for my mom to tell it was me causing the vomiting.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:49 PM

I also have gastritis and was diagnosed via endoscopy/biopsy, I find this "too little acid" thing very confusing b/c I feel much better when I take my acid controlling prescription (usually Tecta). If it was true that I had too little acid, wouldn't my prescription therefore have made the problem worse??

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on February 22, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Ask the doctor for an EGG, which is like an EEG except for the digestive system. It may be hard to find and might not be covered by insurance but it will tell you whether there's a mechanical problem (ie esophageal sphinctor not closing all the way) or a control one (ie food staying in the stomach too long).

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on February 22, 2012
at 02:43 AM

She didn't have an EGG or the other you named. She hasn't vomited since we first got her on the Prevacid. Looking back, the vomiting may have been a result of her getting extremely upset. I know that I have been so upset that I've almost made myself sick before (anxiety disorders run in my family). I'm just looking for ideas on what test I should ask the doctor for.

95b000345fd8880063ae6c39904e0732

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on February 22, 2012
at 02:37 AM

She saw a pediatric gastroterologist (sp?). They did a colonoscopy, endoscopy, some biopsies, and another test where they pushed some dye through her digestive tract (can't remember what this one was called). That was when they diagnosed her with the gastritis.

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on February 21, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Hyperacidity is a real disorder however you really shouldn't self diagnose absent objective data, if not for screwing up your body at least so that more serious conditions aren't missed. Tests exist to check for this condition and it's relatively rare, though not so much in vegetarians.

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on February 21, 2012
at 11:44 PM

I would highly recommend reading the folLowing series by Chris Kressor. He show that what has been treated as "too much acid" is actually caused by too little. Read the series and it will make a ton of sense. There are several parts to it but here is the first part: http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd

95b000345fd8880063ae6c39904e0732

(99)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:37 AM

She saw a pediatric gastroterologist (sp?). They did a colonoscopy, endoscopy, some biopsies, and another test where they pushed some dye through her digestive tract (can't remember what this one was called). That was when they diagnosed her with the gastritis.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Hyperacidity is a real disorder however you really shouldn't self diagnose absent objective data, if not for screwing up your body at least so that more serious conditions aren't missed. Tests exist to check for this condition and it's relatively rare, though not so much in vegetarians.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 26, 2012
at 11:49 PM

I also have gastritis and was diagnosed via endoscopy/biopsy, I find this "too little acid" thing very confusing b/c I feel much better when I take my acid controlling prescription (usually Tecta). If it was true that I had too little acid, wouldn't my prescription therefore have made the problem worse??

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on February 21, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I have acid problems myself. Some tricks: cabbage juice/celery juice are good natural healers. I like bone broth a lot. Avoid carbonated drinks. Avoid sugar.

Also, I found out that I have FODMAP sensitivity, and eating high FODMAP foods seems to increase my acid. So experiment with avoiding apples, onions, coconut milk, cabbage and dried fruits, and if that helps, google more FODMAPS and explore the rest.

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on February 26, 2012
at 10:17 PM

Has she started taking any NSAIDs recently? These act by stopping production of a couple of enzymes, one of which protects the stomach from itself. If her gastritis was idiopathic in the first place, and pretty well gone for three years- you may want to start more or less back at square 1, as far as diagnosis &c. (Although I certainly understand that you might be tired of it, and wary of going through those truly rough tests again- so start out simple, with nsaids, carbs, &c)

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De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on February 21, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Too much acid won't cause vomiting. Did your daughter have a gastric emptying test (scintography) or EGG? It could be a motility problem. It's common in children and absent other known conditions would probably be considered idiopathic. Typically it resolves within a year or two but given that the cause is unknown it is recurrence is possible. One known etiology is celiac disease and probably gluten sensitivity. Unfortunately, a recent study showed that while gluten can cause this condition it is typically not reversible after removing gluten from the diet, though presumably it will prevent the condition from progressing.

95b000345fd8880063ae6c39904e0732

(99)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:43 AM

She didn't have an EGG or the other you named. She hasn't vomited since we first got her on the Prevacid. Looking back, the vomiting may have been a result of her getting extremely upset. I know that I have been so upset that I've almost made myself sick before (anxiety disorders run in my family). I'm just looking for ideas on what test I should ask the doctor for.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on February 22, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Ask the doctor for an EGG, which is like an EEG except for the digestive system. It may be hard to find and might not be covered by insurance but it will tell you whether there's a mechanical problem (ie esophageal sphinctor not closing all the way) or a control one (ie food staying in the stomach too long).

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 26, 2012
at 11:50 PM

I agree with pointing out that the vomiting may be due to being upset- I have gastritis too, and we eventually eliminated vomiting as a symptom b/c we figure it was mostly b/c I got worked up and usually induced it myself to try and make myself feel better. I was pretty little, so it was hard for my mom to tell it was me causing the vomiting.

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