Gastrointestinal disorders

Gastritis

(Stomach inflammation)

  • Also known as
  • Stomach irritation

About Gastritis

Gastritis is inflammation or irritation of the lining of your stomach. Its most common causes are medications (such as NSAIDs like ibuprofen or aspirin), alcohol, spicy food, and H. pylori stomach infections. Over time, gastritis can lead to ulcers.

The most common symptoms of gastritis are upset stomach and dyspepsia, which is a gnawing sensation in your stomach. If you have symptoms like vomiting, vomiting blood, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, or black stools, you should see your doctor right away.

Treatments for gastritis include antacids, H2 antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are available over the counter and by prescription. In some cases, your doctor may want to perform blood tests and an endoscopy to look inside your stomach for ulcers or other damage.

Symptoms of Gastritis
  • Upset stomach
  • Dyspepsia (a painful gnawing sensation in your stomach)

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  • When the pain is really acute and I can't sleep I use an ice pack on the area that is throbbing; it is uncomfortable at first, but it usually numbs the pain enough so that I can sleep.