... experiencing became excruciating and I was admitted into the hospital. I was put on Carafate and Protonix. A couple of weeks ago, I vomited massive amounts of blood and was admitted. I was told that there are three ulcers now. I received blood transfusions and IV Protonix that time and instruction to continue the Carafate and Protonix rx's. I do not seem to be getting better. I am in pain a lot of the time. All of the foods that are supposed to be "good for ulcer patients" cause me pain (bananas, apples, milk, etc.). I am living on Gatoraide and Ensure. I eat about one-half of a regular meal daily. I'm run down, sickly and need advice. This is my very first post to a board, ever, as I'm usually just a reader. So, forgive me if I haven't followed proper posting etiquette. Any help will be greatly appreciated
Hi LoHa, are you home or still in the hospital? I had ulcers in the late 1980's that wouldn't heal but they didn't bleed. Apparently there are various ways to treat ulcers and basically you have to do what helps you. As far as I now know most ulcers are caused by bacteria so usually an antibiotic is also used. They didn't know this in the 80's which is why my ulcers never healed. Carafate didn't help me and Protonix didn't exist yet. I was given the older drugs, Zantac and Pepcid along with Mylanta. Then in 1990 a new class of drugs came out. The 1st was Prilosec. That helped me but I still have to take it or pain comes back.
Btw I hope you are seeing a specialist known as a Gastroenterologist. Use Mylanta or Maalox but not within 2 hours of any pills you take.
Now who said to eat bananas, apples, and milk? No. Our digestive systems produce powerful acids to digest foods. When you have serious ulcers you don't want to cause any more acid than necessary. All dairy products cause a lot of acid. They once felt milk coats the stomach to protect it, but taking Mylanta 1/2 hr after a light meal is better. No dairy products for now. Another no no are raw fruits and vegetables. They need to be steamed until they fall apart in your mouth. Or better yet puree them. On a different food such as meats, you want them very rare. So no poultry for now. The more meat is cooked the more acid is needed to digest it. I was in so much pain I ate bread and baby foods for a month.
Prilosec is now an OTC med, but I find the OTC one doesn't help me, so I make my Doc give me a script.
One last word. One Doc told me that when Protonix is given as IV it works well. But he said it doesn't help many people as a pill. I'm 1 of them.
Bleeding ulcers are very serious LaHa. Please do what is necessary to get better. Once you find the right meds and you're eating the right foods, you should feel better in 2 weeks but it will take longer to completely heal.
Also, no alcohol, caffeine at all. It's in most sodas teas and there's even a little in decaf coffee. Not for you, not now. That's all I can remember right now. Get well.
Hi loha, i am having similar problems for which i am now needing stomach revision surgery to remove the damaged portion of my stomach. I am on (right now) nexium 2ce a day, dexelant 30mg 2ce a day, bentyl 3xs a day, and carafate (liquid or pill) 4xs a day. A lot i know. And though i still sometimes vomit blood its not nearly as much nor as bad. But i do highly suggest that u ask ur dr for a script 4 a GI cocktail (i normally get 3 or 4 at a time.) Its what the er gives to you. But as to keep up your energy while you are unable to eat as ive been down this road many times, i suggest that you visit a website called bariatricchoice.com. they offer awesone protein supplements that only need to be added to water (unlike those you buy in the stores) and come in several different flavors that actually taste good. They also only conatin protein. No sugars or anything like that. The protein will help keep your body from crashing (like a diabetic with insulin kinda) and keep u with energy. I highly recommend this route as u will also be able to stay hydrated. Right now thats all u need 2 b concerned about. If you have anymore questions please dont hesitate to ask as ive been dealing with ulcers since 07. But have been vomiting blood almost dying several times since dec14 having been hospitalized several times, seen countless drs, and am unable 2 count er visits 2 so many ers that i need both fingers and toes to count them!
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