• Curative affects! 4th of 6 chemos 2/8, stomach flu 2/11, + IBS means my stomach still aches.

    Asked by Grandy on Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Curative affects! 4th of 6 chemos 2/8, stomach flu 2/11, + IBS means my stomach still aches.

    Good news is I got my 5th treatment today. But no one seems to really know why or what to do about my stomach ache. With IBS, I always have had a tender feeling stomach, but since the flu, it's hurt a lot more than usual.

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    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Happy to hear you are almost finished with chemo. Whoo Hooo!
      Hoping you keep at your care staff to solve the challenge of the stomach ache.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      sorry to hear about your stomach issues. Have you tried Gavesicon? My oncology Nurse Practitioner recommended it to me during a very bad bout of gastroenteritis in October. it really worked, way better then the stuff they gave me in the ER.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had constipation, then abdominal cramps and diarrhea, then acid reflex every chemo cycle. My oncologist had me take Omeprazole and it helped some. I think these are fairly common symptoms with a lot of chemo drugs.

      over 4 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      SueRae1, nev heard of Gavesicon. And is that what this sounds like to you, gastroenteritis?

      Nancyjac, I believe that is what I take for acid reflux.

      Nice to hear this makes sense to some folk!!! THANKS bunches!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Curative is autocorrect gone wrong. It should say cumulative affect!

      AND SueRay1, I studied online.. Sounds like I have Gastritis.. Which could have started because of the gastroenteritis and chemo, and probably the IBS too! I feel so much smarter now!!!! THANKS again!

      over 4 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      (From what it's worth department:) You probably saw this website, but just in case you didn't, it has some good info .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastritis. Here's an excerpt for tx:

      ("Helicobacter pylori colonizes the stomach of more than half of the world's population.... When antacids do not provide enough relief, medications such as cimetidine, ranitidine, nizatidine or famotidine that help reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces are often prescribed.[14] An even more effective way to limit stomach acid production is to shut down the acid "pumps" within acid-secreting stomach cells. Proton pump inhibitors reduce acid by blocking the action of these small pumps.[14] This class of medications includes omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, and esomeprazole. Proton pump inhibitors also appear to inhibit H. pylori activity.[15] Cytoprotective agents are designed to help protect the tissues that line the stomach and small intestine. They include the medications sucralfate and misoprostol. If NSAIDs are being taken regularly, one of these medications to protect the stomach may also be taken. Another cytoprotective agent is bismuth subsalicylate. Many people also drink milk to relieve symptoms, however the high calcium levels actually stimulate release of gastric acid from parietal cells, ultimately worsening symptoms. In addition to protecting the lining of stomach and intestines, bismuth preparations appear to inhibit H. pylori activity as well. Several regimens are used to treat H. pylori infection. Most use a combination of two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor. Sometimes bismuth is also added to the regimen. The antibiotic aids in destroying the bacteria, and the acid blocker or proton pump inhibitor relieves pain and nausea, heals inflammation, and may increase the antibiotic's effectiveness.[16]")

      over 4 years ago

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