a common digestive problem in which the lining of your stomach becomes swollen
(inflamed), can cause a number of discomforts – though sometimes it can also be
asymptomatic. The most common symptom is stomach pain. What does it feel like
and where is it usually felt?
the stomach, swallowed food is processed with gastric juices that contain
hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. But sometimes this acid could be
counterproductive, especially when you have gastritis.
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Uncontrolled, high levels of acid in the stomach can worsen gastritis pain and make the condition take longer to heal. Therefore, one of the treatment goals for gastritis is to improve and heal the inflammation by controlling or reducing that acid.
Treatment options may include [reference]
- Acid-suppressing medications – the
main ones are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and ranitidine (H2 blocker).
- Since those acid-suppressing
medications don’t start to work right away, you may need antacids. Antacids can
provide quick gastritis-pain relief.
- Antibiotics (if the cause of the
disease is bacterial infection, such as H-pylori infection).
approaches such as a few changes in diet may also help. For examples, there are
some irritating foods that might worsen the symptoms and inhibit your healing.
These foods vary, but the most common ones are foods high in acidic, fatty,
spicy, and processed foods.
pain can flare up during or /and after eating. Sometimes certain foods make it
worse. It may improve with antacids, but it usually will come and go until the
inflammation of your stomach lining heals completely.
good news, the pain is mild in most cases – though sometimes it may wake you
from sleep at night. It may also be followed with some of the following other gastritis
- Feeling of fullness. It’s usually
easy to get ‘full’, even after a smaller meal.
- Nausea (feeling sick), which may
be followed with vomiting.
- Excess wind or abdominal bloating.
- Decreased appetite.
may also have anemia symptoms, such as; fatigue (tiredness) and pale skin.
Anemia is a condition when the amounts of your red blood cells drop (lower than
normal). It can occur if your gastritis causes bleeding.
with gastritis might also experience back pain. Though back pain is not
specific symptom of the condition, sometimes gastritis pain could be painful
enough to radiate elsewhere in the body, such as the back.
But don’t assume that stomach pain is always caused by gastritis, because it can be caused by a wide range of factors and medical conditions.
examples, the following conditions can also cause stomach pain similar to gastritis:
- Inflammation of the gallbladder (Cholecystitis). The gallbladder is responsible to hold
bile (a digestive fluid to help small intestine). If it gets swollen, you can
have severe pain in your upper abdomen. The pain usually flares up after eating
a large, fatty meal.
- Gallstones are abnormal, hardened
deposits of bile. Besides abdominal pain, they can also cause shoulder pain (in
the right shoulder), back pain (especially between the shoulder blades),
nausea, and vomiting.
- A stomach ulcer, an open sore
that forms in the lining of your stomach. This ulcer pain can also be felt in
the upper stomach. Typically, it’s more likely to get worse with empty stomach
(between meals, when your stomach acid levels increase higher). And chronic
gastritis can increase the risk of stomach ulcer.
- Crohn’s disease. It is a disorder
that causes chronic inflammation of digestive tract. The last parts of the
colon and small intestine are the most common areas affected by this
inflammatory bowel disease. The symptoms vary, which can range from mild to
severe. The common ones are decreased appetite, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, mouth
sores, stomach pain and cramping.
- Another common culprit for upper
abdominal pain is inflammation in your pancreas, a flat-long gland located
behind your stomach. This condition is called pancreatitis. It can occur
suddenly (acute) or develop over many years (chronic). The pain is usually
accompanied by other common symptoms of the disease, such as; abdominal
tenderness (more sensitive to touch), rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting,
unintentional weight loss, and steatorrhea (smelly, oily stools).