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It all started last night I had stomach pain, then I ate and it seemed to have gone away. I went to bed and in the middle of the night I woke up with the stomach pain again. I forced myself to go back to sleep and woke up this morning and I was fine. Then at about 7am the stomach pain started again. The pain is in the center of my gut just below the ribs. The pain was so bad I ended up going to the Dr even without an appointment and he did his exam and asked me a few questions, like... Have I been burping a lot? Yes. Have I had any acid (like heartburn I guess)? Yes. But anyway he thinks I have an ulcer, he said he would normally do an upper GI to be for sure, but he can't do that cause I'm PG. Therefore, he gave me Reglan. Does this really sound like I have an ulcer? What is the Reglan going to do? My son was on Reglan for reflux when he was born for about 6 or 7 months.JoeJoe - I'm glad to see you're back. Maybe you could help me out a little. I welcome anybody's responses and opinions.Thank You.Julia
 
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Hi Julia,First of all let me tell you what I know about ulcers. Ulcers are caused by, guess what, yeap, bacteria. The name is H. Pylori. I don't remember what the H. stands for, but no matter, it is a bacteria. The cure, yes, I said CURE is peptobismol and tetracycline combination. Okay, how do I know this? Well, there is an educational nutritional supplement tape circulating called "Dead Dr's don't lie", by Dr. Joe Wallach. Dr. Wallach is an MD and VMD. Yes, a vet and a doc. He was a vet first and then returned to medical school to get his human doctorate.
Anyway, vets treat pigs ulcers with this combination and have for many years. He applied the same technique to humans and guess what... yeah, it works.Okay, not enough. Well, I used to work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. A physician researcher ingested the H. pylori bacteria to test the cure. Now, he didn't get a lot of praise in doing so, but he did prove that this combination CURES ulcers. There was a write up in one of the in-house publications about the results that just floored all the medical professionals.I don't remember if you responded where you are from, but you may want to share this research info with your doctor. He may or may not appreciate it.Also, I just looked up Reglan in an old drug book I kept from school. It states that reglan "stimulates motility of the upper GI tract by increasing lower esophageal sphincter tone..." In other words, I am not sure you have an ulcer. What your doc may suspect is esophageal reflux. That is where the gastric juices are splashing (for lack of a better word) back up into the esophagus (sp?) which causes a burning painful sensation. They only way the doc can confirm or rule out the ulcer is to scope you and look.Hope this info helps.Umleila.
 
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Hi,I was just treated for the Helicobacter pylori infection with an antibiotic, "Flagyl", and "prilosec." I have an appointment to see if it has been cleared up soon. According to Dr. Marshall, the doctor who discovered the bacteria, 90+% of all ulcers are caused by this nasty little bug. I hope they find out one way or another for you!!!!
 
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I orginally was on Reglan for the ulcer and one of the side effects of Reglan was diarrhea so I called Dr. (actually a PA) and he switched me to Zantac. I seem to be doing a little better with the Zantac (Ranitidine). Umleila - Is the tetracycline a antibiotic? My doctor only diagnosed my by the symptoms.Janel - What test did the doctor do to discover the Helicobacter pylori infection? Was it just a blood test? My Dr said he would have to do an upper GI to find out for sure. I'm pregnant so he cannot do that. Does the prilosec just help to cut down on some of the stomach acid? Did your Dr put you on a special diet? Tell you what kind of foods to avoid? If he did can you tell me what they told you to avoid? I have to call Monday to a different office to find this stuff out.I know questions, questions, questions. Sorry there's so many.Thank you for your inputs.Julia
 
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Small warning: My doctor gave me Reglan for reflux many years ago. Took one pill and my husband came home to find me lying on the couch holding on to my sanity with a single thread. Felt like all the nerves that were suppose to be on the inside were on the outside crawling around like worms! (Nasty!) So, some of us are very alergic to that stuff!
 
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Hi, thereYes, the test for helicobacter pylori is a simple blood test that doesn't always show up as positive when in fact there may be a bacterial infection that is causing the symptoms. Science has detected and named 5 or more bacterias like H. Pylori that cause stomach ulcers/symptoms. Apparently, almost 60% of us have one or more of these bacterias in our guts and don't ever get ulcers. They are blamed for gas, belching and bloating after meals. These bacterias are passed on by sharing drinking glasses, kissing, etc. Therefore, your lover can reinfect you even if you are treated and cured, so they have to be treated, too.------------------Budder
 
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Hi Julia-Yes, the tetracycline is an antibiotic. Looking back to the drug book, it is a class D drug when used in pregnancy, which means there is little risk to the fetus, if I recall correctly the classification system.Some things you can do to decrease the symptoms, if it is just gastric reflux, is eat small, frequent meals with ample bread foods, which seems to absorp more gastric juices. So you might consider increasing your bread intake. A small sandwich in the late evening may help you get through the night.Other than this, elevating yourself about 30 degrees at night will help keep the juices down where they are suppose to stay while you rest. I know it is hard to sleep sitting slightly up, but you will have to choose the worse of the two evils.Good luck and let us know how things turn out.Umleila
 
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JoeJoe:Is tetracycline the drug that will damage the teeth of unborn babies? Seem to remember this from a long time ago?
 
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hey Julia,I have had stomach problems for years. Had many tests. Nothing ever showed up,so the doctors told me I had IBS. I didn't believe that there was nothing I could do. So I suffered for many more years. Finally I found a doctor who took me seriously. He repeated the edg. Guess what? He found bleeding ulcers. But my ulcers are not from bacteria. They are caused by to much acid. So he prescribed PREVACID. He also had me do a test called a GASTRIC EMPTYING. This showed that my stomach doesn't empty. I go back on Wednesday to find out what to do about this. This could also be part of your problem too. Hope this helps.
 
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Julia: It sounds as though you have possibly two problems, ulcers and oesaphageal reflux. Try to eat small portions of rice either with your meals and or in between. I cant really help you about the h. pylori but the reflux requires you to eat your dinner at least four hours before bedtime. Also, the suggestion to sleep with several pillows is very useful. When I get a tightening in the chest like that(from working at the computer) I eat half a fresh plain or sesame seed bakery bagel with butter and that seems to make it go away. I think it is my IBS acting up only higher up. But, that is usually during the day. Feel better and I hope you get some answers soon. Keep a diary it will keep trasck of your trigger foods. belle
 
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