Patient Comments: Gastritis - Symptoms and Signs

What symptoms and signs did you experience with your gastritis?

Comment from: srt123, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have been diagnosed with chronic gastritis after an endoscopy. My pain began as a sharp stabbing feeling in the upper left abdomen (a pain even after all I have done still exists), this pain slowly progressed to a swelling in the pancreatic area. After so many tests and theories the diagnosis came as a shock. I was given Prilosec to help the healing process, but I was instructed to change my diet; no gluten or dairy. It had helped but I still experience stabbing pain, burning when I'm hungry, and vomiting when I wait too long to eat once symptoms start. I am told changing the diet gives the stomach a chance to start it's healing, after the pain subsides I am free to reintroduce foods. I will not lie, the pain is still there, and next to the gastritis I feel I am still lacking a proper diagnosis for the swelling, and stabbing pain in my upper abdomen even if the tests revealed that everything there is normal.

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Comment from: Sam, Female (Patient) Published: July 08

It all started with a dull/cramping pain in upper right abdomen. This lasted 3 days and on the 4th day I got this agonizing tearing pain that came on suddenly and kept getting worse. I was taken to the emergency room (ER) by my parents as the pain was so bad I couldn't bear it. They gave me a few shots of different things (pain killer, Buscopan, and IV fluids). That helped ease the pain. About 6 hours after being released and having a small dinner, (1 hour later) the pain came back even stronger. I was on my knees pulling my hair. My parents rushed me to the ER again. It is by far the worst pain I have felt in my life (and I have been in the ER and had surgeries for different things before). They tried to give me a mild pain killer and Buscopan but I couldn't take the pain still and was given morphine. The ER doctor ordered a few tests. The ultrasound was clear, blood tests clear, but abdominal x-ray showed severe constipation. I was given an enema and laxatives. He dismissed it as gastritis and an ulcer and I was put on Nexium 40 mg for 30 days. Though Nexium has helped, I got another attack after eating a bigger meal with what I now know are irritating foods (like salads). I am going back to a gastroenterologist to get an endoscopy and hope I will get a proper diagnosis and start healing properly. I wish everyone good health.

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Comment from: spacee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have Barrett's esophagus, and went to the emergency room with severe upper abdominal pain. The doctor couldn"t find anything wrong, blood tests, etc. I went to the gastroenterologist yesterday, for having endoscopy, which I have due to the Barrett's, every year. When you have a flare up of gastritis, spinach, pineapple, salmon, and almonds take the pain away. It is imperative to eat small meals, avoid spicy food, alcohol, and caffeine. I take 4 Prilosec a day and Carafate. I had a bleeding ulcer last year. Doctor wants to check me out to control it better. I know terrible pain, eating those 4 foods will take the pain away immediately. Good Luck everyone. I will repost after my test.

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Comment from: PHILI, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have suffered from a burning stomach, throat, burping and passing of gas since 2011 and have been to more than 6 doctors. Two of them said I suffer from acid reflux. Then I was prescribed Nexium 40mg which did not help much, until last year when I was referred to gastroenterologists where I did my endoscopy and nodular gastritis was found. I am currently taking omeprazole which seem to be working for me, but lately I have noticed that whenever I take something with cow milk I get that burning sensation, I could be lactose intolerant as well.

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Comment from: chrissyx, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

My gastritis started with weeks and weeks of a burning sensation in my chest and stomach, feeling sick but I just put it down to heartburn an indigestion. Weeks later I was at work and the pain was worse than usual, by the time I got home I was in serious pain retching and cramping up. I went to bed hoping I could sleep it off but yelled my mum awake at about 6am, the pain was now worse than giving birth to my son and I thought I was dying. I got an appointment with an emergency doctor as it was a Saturday. I couldn't walk, speak or function at this point and my mum said I looked yellow. When we got into the doctor's she felt my tummy, looked at my eyes, took my temperature (which was sky high) and rang me an ambulance. Anyway long story short, when I got to the hospital they soon figured out that it was gastritis and hooked me up to a drip of omeprazole in 1 arm and antibiotics in the other. They took blood and said my blood count was only at 52% so they kept me in for 3 days and gave me a blood transfusion of 2 pints. They said it was a miracle I was walking around and going to work! So please don't ignore symptoms, as I have never felt pain like that in my life! Mine was caused by overuse of ibuprofen.

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