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Suffering from gastritis and GERD. Taking nexium, simethicone and rolaids. Do I have H pylori or pernicious anemia?

Hi, I m suffering with Bad Gastritis for the past couple weeks. I have GERD but usually just stay away from the Bad stuff (spicy/ citrus ), eat organic and my GERD is ok. With this gastritis i can hardly eat anything. Fruit, smoothies, are ok but anything at night seems to be fraught with problems. I end up burping all night, having hiccups and awake of course. I am on carafate which helps, nexium , and usually have to take simethicone , rolaids or maalox too at night. I ve looked up the various reasons for Gastritis and think that H Pylori , Parasites, or Pernicious Anemia could all apply to me...i m having an Endoscopy done next Tues and wondering what the Doctor will be able to tell from that.
Asked On : Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome.

Thanks for your query.

A diagnosis of Gastritis and GERD has been made for you? Well starting with GERD, I am sure you are aware about the details. Changes in eating habits, not just the type of food, but also timings, like having early dinner, all contribute to avoid symptoms. Antacids best suiting the condition also help.

Coming to Gastritis, as you might already know, there are two different typers of Gastritis: A and B.

Gastritis B is the one cause by Helicobacter pylori infection. This can be diagnosed, and if your tests return positive for Helicobacter Pylori, you can be treated with a course of antibiotics and antacids, that will kill the infection causing bacteria, giving you relief.

I am sure the endoscopy will yield good results, and will help in establishing a diagnosis and in turn help permanently cure you.

I wish you good health and lots of luck for the future. You can always write back to us for any furhter queries.

Best wishes.
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