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Chronic Gastritis but only in Thailand?

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Thanks for all the posts, guys. I think it has to be the water. Specifically the water here.

 

I do cook with non-bottled water, and even when I boil things for her, I am worried the H. Pylori bacterium persists. Maybe she is swallowing tap water when she brushes her teeth? To me, the water is the only reasonable explanation, considering she is fine everywhere else in the world eating everything under the sun. Plus a strong made-in-Korea gut.

 

The air pollution is a new one for me, but makes some sense as well. 

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I always use bottled water for cooking, making tea and coffee, etc.  I even give our cats bottled water.  Admittedly the dishes are washed in tap water, but very hot tap water.  

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6 hours ago, intheheartoftheheart said:

Thanks for all the posts, guys. I think it has to be the water. Specifically the water here.

 

I do cook with non-bottled water, and even when I boil things for her, I am worried the H. Pylori bacterium persists. Maybe she is swallowing tap water when she brushes her teeth? To me, the water is the only reasonable explanation, considering she is fine everywhere else in the world eating everything under the sun. Plus a strong made-in-Korea gut.

 

The air pollution is a new one for me, but makes some sense as well. 

What are her symptoms? gnawing?

 

I remember when i thought it was water....one of many things crossed off the list

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Alcohol and chili would be my two main suspects. Thais put chili in just about every dish. Even when you think it's not there, it is. They mask it with sugar.

I buy water from an RO station, then boil it. Unlikely anything can survive that.

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6 hours ago, intheheartoftheheart said:

Thanks for all the posts, guys. I think it has to be the water. Specifically the water here.

Ever thought that it could be the oil that the food is cooked in – – palm oil springs to mind as do many of the other cheap and nasty oils which are available on the shelves and which are bought in bulk for use in restaurants.

 

I stay away from cheap and refined oils when I am cooking and when I am out at a restaurant, I rarely eat Thai food, mostly because I do seem to be affected by large doses of MSG (yes large doses do affect me, before any discussions start) as well.

 

And as for pesticides/herbicides etc, who knows what and how much is sprayed on crops here?
 

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Thailand is awash with Helicobactor Pylori bacteria. Get your wife to do a stool check for it and if present a course of 4 antibiotics are prescribed.

 

 
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How does H pylori cause gastritis?
H. pylori bacteria burrow into the cells of the stomach lining and cause gastritis. H. pylori is the most common cause of gastric ulcers and gastritis. Ten percent of those infected with H. pylori may develop an ulcer. Also, those infected have an increased risk of stomach cancer and lymphoma.

 

 
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I had the same problem and it was the huge amounts of MSG some of the cooks put into the food, soon as I stopped eating anything with MSG it cleared up

 

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9 hours ago, intheheartoftheheart said:

@Orton Rd no alcohol or coffee. 

We both eat loads of kimchi/fermented stuff during normal times, so we get a lot of probiotics that way. But can certainly try apple cider vinegar, as there's likely a healthy culture in that as well.

look on the internet about  BAKING SODA .     mix a teaspoon of it in about 6 ounces of water and drink.     Try it ( as soon as stomach starts to feel uneasy)    

like anything....... too much or often is not good

 

also the obvious :  clean food,  bottled water,  no ice 

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32 minutes ago, IvorBiggun2 said:

Thailand is awash with Helicobactor Pylori bacteria. Get your wife to do a stool check for it and if present a course of 4 antibiotics are prescribed.

 

 
 

They don't seem to do stool tests in Thailand. It's a Breath test or blood test, i did both, i did the blood test because I wasn't confident in the breath test. I don't think the blood test is 100% accurate either

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Like others have suggested - I think the most likely culprit is the tap water.  It seems you travel while in Thailand.  Do you tend to repeat places you stay at? Same cities, hotels, etc? The water treatment and filtration systems vary by location and, if she can make it 'go away' after a LONG 30 days - and stay in Thailand after that .....it might be the water in a specific location that causes the inflammation.

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18 hours ago, intheheartoftheheart said:

Thanks for all the posts, guys. I think it has to be the water. Specifically the water here.

 

I do cook with non-bottled water, and even when I boil things for her, I am worried the H. Pylori bacterium persists. Maybe she is swallowing tap water when she brushes her teeth? To me, the water is the only reasonable explanation, considering she is fine everywhere else in the world eating everything under the sun. Plus a strong made-in-Korea gut.

 

The air pollution is a new one for me, but makes some sense as well. 

If you get to the bottom of it let us know on this thread

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14 hours ago, Lacessit said:

Alcohol and chili would be my two main suspects. Thais put chili in just about every dish. Even when you think it's not there, it is. They mask it with sugar.

I buy water from an RO station, then boil it. Unlikely anything can survive that.

I drink the tap water.

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5 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I drink the tap water.

Me too. And Im fat, eat everything I can get my hands on, smear my entire body with dirty palm oil as I wallow in Chili Peppers and cheap synthetic cream injected into 7-11 donuts while walking through sois resplendent with the aroma of freshly laid faeces,  have a Rx of h.pylori, ulcers and hiatel hernia and I get by fine 95% of the time, except right now as I am about to take a train and am debating whether to break out the plug.

 

But Sheryl, the only dude here qualified to render an opinion, has spoken. Theres possibly something lurking in your partners gut, waiting and watching to strike. I would also add you need a doc familiar with the exotics. I came into the US from Alaska once years ago with a screaming case of giardia, went to the NYC doc to get a protozoa killer and he looked at me like I was nuts. Lost 10 pounds. Im going up there this summer for Giardia Fat Camp.

 

Good luck

 

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