What is Gastritis?
Gastritis is a condition that involves the irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining, afflicting millions of people. Any number of things can cause gastritis, from injury to bacterial infection. Chronic gastritis may be associated with an autoimmune condition, such as anemia or hypothyroidism, kidney or liver disease - but is usually a common, acute condition associated with stress.
A person suffering from gastritis may experience:
- Burning pain similar to indigestion in the upper abdomen
- Nausea (that may or may not be accompanied by vomiting)
- Loss of appetite
- Belching or stomach bloating with or without gas
- Particular "fullness" in your upper abdominal area after a meal
- Unexplained weight loss
Gastritis shares many symptoms with other digestive disorders such as heartburn, stomach flu and stomach ulcers.
As some gastritis sufferers suffer additional symptoms brought about by stomach bleeding (that can cause you to vomit blood or to have black, tarry stools) if you have either of these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.