So a couple of months ago I wrote about being sick on and off for the past few months.
I have a combination of 2 things the first being Gastritis which is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. The second being Esophagitis which is an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.
It’s something I have still be dealing with and it’s actually gotten worse recently. It was coming and going to the point I would be fine for weeks then boom sick again. Since basically Christmas I have been sick every day. Seriously I could eat crackers or I could get nothing, and still have heartburn and be in pain. The medicine the ER doctor gave me stopped fully working so I have been trying different over the counter things recently to try and help keep it under control.
I thought why not review the random shit that’s holding me together. Hell, someone reading this could be experiencing the same stuff I am and will have some options to try. Plus going to the doctor and even worst the ER is just costly. I have a $1000 ER bill as proof of that.
Everything I have purchased is from Walmart so I did jack these picture from their website.
Equate Omeprazole Acid Reducer this is just the off brand of a version of the name brand. Honestly, I can’t tell a different and you get more pills at half the price. My doctor actually prescribed me the name brand that cost me close to $50 at my pharmacy. After I mention that he told me to take these and if one doesn’t work to take 2. These 3 pack works so I can get a bottle next to the bed for when I wake up, one in my purse to have just in case, and on my desk also just in case. These have been a lifesaver to help keep heartburn under control for an extended time. These come in 3 different types. I like these cause they are this mint flavor which is just lovely going down.
These are $14.97 for a 3 bottle pack, a total of 42 tablets. The name brand is double for like $15 pills.
TUMS Antacid, Chewy Delights I got these cause they were chewy and I had tried them before years ago. These are individually wrapped up to look like bubble gum. If you want something super soft or that melts away fast without the chalk taste these are perfect. My favorite thing about these is that they come wrapped so you can bite off half of it and save the rest. This is perfect since they advise to only take 6 in a 24 hr period it can help extend it. I like these but I feel they didn’t really help fully like I wanted them too.
These are $3.97 for a bag of 32.
Equate Antacid + Anti- Gas Chews. I’m really into these Chews right now. I don’t know if it’s because I used the normal chalk ones for so long that they turn my stomach or what. These are great they aren’t too much flavor that it makes things worst. My biggest problem is that gas builds up and causes pressure in my chest. This help lessens it and makes it possible to carry on. These are probably my favorite since they work better than the other chewy ones on this list.
These are $4.78 for a 54 count.
TUMS Chewy Bites these are the same as the ones above they have a little more flavor to them but not too much. They help a decent amount but I feel like I have to eat like 3 of them to feel them working. You are only supposed to take 6 of them in a 24 hour period so I probably won’t buy them again cause of that.
These are listed at $7.54 for a bottle of 60. I have a bottle of 32 which I paid after of that for.
Equate Maximum Strength Menstrual Complete. I know what you’re thinking what in the hell does this have to do with your Gastric problems. Well, when I first started having the pains I thought it was just that time of the month. Which mine is terrible, I get sick and have terrible back pain. Therefore I always have this stuff on hand since it’s literally the only thing that knocks out my pain from cramps. Trust me I was surprised too. I went years taking a muscle relaxer until I just ran out one day and happen upon these. When it started flaring up bad this was all I really had so I took them and it helped. These aren’t just for period pains and have been a life saver for me.
These are $2.82. for a 40 count which is a perfect price. I usually buy 2 at a time just to have on hand.
Also, I lied earlier I didn’t get everything from Walmart. I got this last one from CVS cause it was next to the grocery. However, I am sure they have these there or a brand of them.
Sundown Naturals Odorless Garlic Softgels. I know these sound just awful but my god they are amazing. So this past weekend I had basically had enough and started googling home remedies online. I had been using crystals to numb it but it just got to be too much for me. I found out that lemongrass essential oils helped which I had and instantly put in my diffuser. However, the healing crystal and oils are another post for another time. Every post I looked at said Odorless Garlic Extract helps to counteract a bacteria called H. pylori which can cause stomach issue such as gastritis. So I went a bought it just to give it a try cause damn I’m sick of being sick. This was on Sunday and I started taking them as soon as I got home. You take it 4 times a day with food. I started feeling a little better by the end of the night. I continued and by yesterday I was at the point that I could eat food without getting sick with heartburn. I also had enough energy to vacuum my living room. I have not wanted to move for weeks so that was a huge plus. So I’m gonna continue with these and hope for the best. Plus these things also have a ton of other benefits that I listed below.
- help reduce heart disease risk factors, including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, thrombosis, and high blood pressure
- reduce upper-respiratory infections such as coughs
- helps to prevent several common forms of cancer such as breast, throat, and prostate
- treating fungal skin infections such as ringworm.
It has a lot these are just a couple that I found while researching it. So it wasn’t too big of a loss if they didn’t work it could have been worst. I’m thankful they did.
These were $17.49 for 250ct of 1000mg. I lucked out that CVS had BOGO deal all the time so I was able to get 2 bottles for that price.
I am going to see my doctor today and I have high hopes that maybe there is something else that we can do to ensure that this gets taken care of. If anyone has any other tips or trick please share them.