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Comment from: aw, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

My gastritis symptoms are frequent stomachaches, pain between shoulders, middle of abdomen pain, pain during bowel movements, and unexplained rectal bleeding. Endoscopy revealed gastritis, and polyps which were removed. Liquid sucralfate helps. My colonoscopy is delayed due to coronavirus.

Comment from: Jennifer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I don't know what is causing my stomach muscles to spasm. I was in a car accident back in 2011, a drunk driver hit me and the seatbelt wrapped tightly around my stomach. The doctor said it was just gastritis; as well as others when I got a 2nd and 3rd opinion and so on. But till this day I still get stomach pain and spams. I wonder what I can do to overcome this, because I can't deal with the pain anymore! Thank you.

Comment from: LRR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I have been struggling with gastritis symptoms; pain in upper stomach, tenderness, nausea, low appetite. It has been worse the last couple weeks since returning from a wine tasting trip. Been dry for 2 weeks and watching what I eat and drink. I am taking Pepcid 20 mg 2 times a day. Hopefully the symptoms will improve soon. Will schedule a scope.

Comment from: mona0529, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I have gastritis and when I eat fried foods. I have extreme stomach discomfort, bloating and gas with pain. Also cheap store brand acidic juices will bother me on an empty stomach, and spicy foods like red cayenne pepper will give severe heartburn and pain.

Comment from: Jess30, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I am 30 and have two beautiful children. Just before Christmas I started getting pains in my upper stomach and a few days later chronic reflux and indigestion. After a month or so I had an endoscopy done and I was diagnosed with mild gastritis and mild esophagitis. Pantoprazole is what I was taking to keep the acid and pain at bay and soon after I felt great. I went back to my old habits without thinking. A week ago the pain came back worse and the reflux is worse.

Comment from: Paul w , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

I have been in massive abdominal pain for over a week now. I have been to Accident and Emergency and the doctor told me just to fast for 5 days. This is not easy. The pain from gastritis is still not subsiding. I need some help to get rid of this pain.

Comment from: Annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I have been experiencing diarrhea on and off for about 4 months. I have acid reflux and a hiatal hernia. I also have a dull pain like gastritis just below my left rib cage. I feel nauseous and fatigued. The doctor told me is due to acid reflux. I am concerned it could be cancer.

Comment from: Gunga, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I've had 24/7 pain for a couple months now; gnawing and burning, and back pain. I was already on omeprazole for gastritis and now they have told me to add OTC acid reducer. It does not help. I'm miserable.

Comment from: Jessica, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

Not happy to hear everyone's pain from gastritis, but gives me a reason why I feel so sick all the time. I have been getting bad pain in my upper abdomen and throwing up bile. Lost 60 lb. in 6 months. They took my gallbladder out and told me I have gastritis. Still getting bad days, usually once a week. Lasts about a day or 2 of misery. Doctor didn't tell me that the gastritis could cause all these symptoms. I started thinking something is really wrong with me. Reading this seems to match the misery I've been dealing with.

Comment from: AlyssaK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

My pain management doctor prescribed 800 mg ibuprofen 3 times a day for chronic neck and head pain after cervical fusion. The gastrointestinal (GI) doctor added pantoprazole to help ease nausea and reflux. Eight weeks ago, I had sharp pains under my ribcage, thought it was muscle strain. I woke at 2 am with unbearable pain from above my navel to below my breasts, like a metal band squeezing me in waves. I had chills, nausea, and was crying from the pain. The emergency room diagnosed gastritis, and gave a GI cocktail. I am waiting to see the GI doctor, have to find non-NSAID long-term pain medicine.


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Comment from: Bassy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I was diagnosed with gastritis and esophagitis in 2015 and still have it. I try cutting out fatty food, spices, caffeine, cheese, pizza, grapes, peanut butter and nuts. I have been on esomeprazole and ranitidine for years. Suddenly my pain went away on eating and I returned to eating chocolate, cake, biscuits, pizza, plus I buy frozen meals. It was wonderful for 5 months. Now the burning all in between my shoulder blades that spreads all through me down my back, is back again, so I've got to start looking at my food.

Comment from: Pippa154, 45-54 (Patient) Published: February 05

I've just been to Accident and Emergency (A and E) for severe upper abdomen pain which the doctors think is gastritis. I would never ordinarily go to A and E for indigestion but the pain was almost unbearable and it lasted from 4 am to 10:30 pm despite being given two doses of intravenous morphine, a dose of Buscopan and Gaviscon and finally fluids, paracetamol and codeine. I am due to have an endoscopy which will hopefully reveal why I get this awful condition.

Comment from: Linda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

My gastritis symptoms came on suddenly but have worsened over the 4 weeks. My original symptoms were acid burning in esophagus and stomach pain. After a week on ranitidine and esomeprazole the burning has eased but the pain in stomach has increased. I've been on a low acid diet for 10 days too but the pain is worse and more constant. I am still belching but hardly any acid. Getting fed up and worried now. Just been referred for endoscopy but could be 6 weeks.

Comment from: Ssiz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

My gastritis symptoms started as a dull ache below my right rib. Eventually I had a constant gnawing pain all along my rib cage and into my upper back, along with nausea. Over 7 months I had hepatic and pancreatic panels done, two ultrasounds and a HIDA scan to check gallbladder function. One night I became so nauseous that I passed out in the bathroom, hitting my head. I had to go to the emergency room where I got 8 staples in my head but they finally ran a test for H. pylori that came back positive.

Comment from: stressstomach, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I developed gastritis about a year and a half ago when I was going through a stressful and, what ended up as a traumatic experience. I would wake up sick to my stomach every day and throw up bile and water. I could hardly eat anything for months. I got some prescription that I don't remember the name and that helped a lot. What helped the most was getting out of the situation I had been in. Fast forward to now and it is happening again. Life situation is hard to change.

Comment from: Lela, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I was at the emergency room complaining that my heart was hurting, and my chest. I came to find out it was gastritis, but also I was stressed out, so my anxiety wasn't helping, so the doctor told me to relax because the more anxiety the more my stomach was going to bother me. The first 4 days were bad, but after that I'm following my diet and exercise, nothing fried, staying away from salt, spicy, fried food, coffee and heavy snacks. Hopefully it doesn't come back because it was the worst pain.

Comment from: Amae, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

My gastritis attacks start out with mild burning pain that increases until it's so severe I can no longer talk. My heart will be racing and I will sweat profusely. Drinking Pepto-Bismol is the only way to get relief from my symptoms.

Comment from: Pukie, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I just had an endoscopy and got diagnosed with hiatal hernia, gastritis, and had a polyp removed from my stomach, which is rare I was told. This started 11 years ago. I would vomit uncontrollably every 20 minutes for days until I go to the emergency room. I can't even swallow my own spit without puking. The only relief I can get at home is taking scalding hot showers. Wonder if anyone else finds that as a relief.

Comment from: Siya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I am a 43 year old female. I recovered from stage 2 colorectal cancer and a year later I am battling gastritis. I had 2 attacks so far, both times pain was bad enough to stay in hospital. My abdomen feels bloated and pain comes in waves. The first time around I had to go through CT scans, MRI and blood work, all of which turned out normal. Both times trigger seems to be banana and high stress level. I do not eat spicy food and eat very limited meals. Gastritis also got me constipation and I had to take enemas to relieve the same.


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Comment from: Sick gurl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I've had severe gastritis for 7 years now. I've been in and out of the emergency room (ER) because of it. Every time they give me new medication because eventually they stop working for me. I get so sick to the point of it hurting even when I talk. On my last trip to the ER I told the doctor how I went to work with the pain and it only made it worse (because my job is very demanding) so she dismissed everything and blamed it on work anxiety when I absolutely love my job. My pain is indescribable, not work anxiety.

Comment from: Virgo69, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I have severe gastritis. I had every test going and all were normal. Feels like it is burning a hole under my rib cage n my stomach. Wonder if anybody else has similar issues and what helped.

Comment from: Sheba di, 45-54 (Patient) Published: November 19

I have also been suffering with gastritis for about a month now. I am in the hospital for six days and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Finally by process of elimination we figured out it was gastritis. I've tried every over-the-counter drug, I've tried a prescription drug, I watch what I eat, I walk, I do light exercising, and nothing helps. I have to sleep sitting up, I cannot lie down. I lie down and when I wake up it is ten times worse. Loathing it, ugh. Disgusting herbal teas.

Comment from: meredith, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I've had problems with gastritis my entire life, which scares me because I'm only 21 and it's bound to get worse in the future. Normally, I'm fine, but stress and certain foods (fried ones especially) will trigger debilitating stomach pain, bloating, left shoulder pain, nausea, and vomiting. I can manage it through diet and medicine, but it's not foolproof. When I do have an attack (especially a really bad one), it takes me up to two weeks to get my appetite back and live pain-free.

Comment from: Amyrhodes12, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I have a lot of flare ups. I've had gastritis for 7 years since I had an allergic reaction to some NSAIDs. It's such a horrible pain that makes me double over in agony. Hot water bottles help and the PPI (proton pump inhibitor) medicines work sometimes too. I still get horrific flare ups that sometimes lead to hospital admissions.

Comment from: Achytummy, 35-44 (Patient) Published: November 12

With gastritis I had severe pain in my upper abdomen, loss of appetite, and difficulty eating. When my stomach signaled to me that it was hungry, I would eat and hours later I would have a stomach ache. I get deep loud burps which relieve some of the pain, stomach feels more comfortable when empty. In the first few days I would feel sick along with the stomach pain, and lots of dry heaving, mostly in the morning. I was prescribed pantoprazole 40 mg, which is slowly helping. Going on 1 week now. I only hope that this goes away soon!

Comment from: Crowley12, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

For three years I have hadn't gastritis. I am now 20 years of age and was diagnosed when I was 17. I was kept in the hospital for 3 days and told to take omeprazole for 2 months. After that it got worse, I am now on omeprazole 3 years and only getting worse. I can't eat many foods, drink alcohol or smoke due to this. I wake every night crying and puking with the pain and there is nothing a doctor will do for me. By far the most pain I've ever had.

Comment from: MAR, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I have extreme burning around the upper left part of my abdomen because of gastritis. Most of the time I'm able to go about my routine just fine but when I have a flare up my world stops. The burning is worse at night therefore I don't sleep and I am forced to stick to a bland diet of steamed carrots, potatoes, and unseasoned chicken. I can't even eat grapes without it sending me into a burning frenzy.

Comment from: Titso, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

It all started with heartburn and stomach discomfort. Test revealed Helicobacter pylori and I was treated with antibiotics. It came back again after months. This happened about 6 times in a span of about 2 years until I took Manuka honey with UMF 10 on an empty tummy, 1 teaspoon. Before then tests revealed I had gastritis because of constant hiccup and burping after every meal and drink. No more H. pylori but I still have hiccup and burp till now. Quiet frustrating even though I've observed 90 percent of healthy living.

Comment from: Mona, 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 15

My gastritis has flared up. I have severe diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea; wondering when I should go to the hospital.

Comment from: Jmy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am having sharp pains in my upper left chest area that woke me up after about 3 or 4 hours sleep, for a couple of weeks now. I have severe anxiety. I contributed it to a panic attack. I was also diagnosed with gastritis a couple of years ago and the pain is the same. I'm not sure what I have going on now. So I had to change what I was eating. Bland diet for a while. I hope this will do it.

Comment from: Tim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I was recently diagnosed with gastritis. I am getting used to a constant lump in the throat that moves. Medicine currently is helping. I chewed snuff and drank for years. I have a feeling it is going to be chronic for me at this point.

Comment from: J m in hawaii, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had my gallbladder taken out 3 years ago. It's taken many different drugs and lots of testing to finally get a diagnosis of bile reflux gastritis. My gastroenterologist is a medical detective when it comes to an actual label of why I feel awful all of the time. My current medicine is sucralfate and I feel so much better. I will always have this condition but this can be managed with the right medicine. Hope this helps someone else reading this.

Comment from: Charlie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I have been reading the comments and have been a bit worried I haven't taken the precautions needed for gastritis. I was recently diagnosed this year after the pain started getting worse. I have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression, so stress is obviously one of the factors in why my abdomen feels painful, queasy, and can't stop gassing things up. I'm on antidepressants, Zantac, and birth control. I'm hoping I can find more people who can give me advice on what to do. I'm tired of the pain.

Comment from: Mary Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am a lover of spicy food! I'm also known as someone who puts ketchup (Heinz) on everything. In the past year, I've had two miserable bouts of gastritis. The pain was excruciating. I'm a very active 65 years young female so I hated every second of it. In the future, I plan to enjoy spicy foods, but responsibly, instead of falling back into my capsaicin addiction. It really is an addiction!

Comment from: Tiredgal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I got gastritis two months ago, I was put on 40 mg of omeprazole, and I was starting to get better. I could eat chocolate, some salty snacks, and sometimes my stomach would hurt but I wouldn't vomit. I wake up this morning, eat my mini wheats and a bit of M and M to get rid of the aftertaste (something I've been able to do with no issue before), and suddenly I'm throwing it all up again. It's like it flares up as it goes, I'm tired of being scared to eat.

Comment from: cherS, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

Reading a story posted here by Silver Fox, you are not the only person with this perplexing condition! I have the same medical problems, and the medicines do not work for my gastritis. A suggestion I have is, have your dairy and soy tolerance tested, and B12. Also, be careful with NSAIDs, they will tear the stomach lining up and aggravate IBS (irritable bowel syndrome. I had endoscopy done and it set me back a few weeks with the biopsies done. Bland diet, chicken and fish! Got to be women thing. Sounds like we are the same age also.

Comment from: Kendall, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

Wonder if anyone has found a cure or have anything that helps gastritis. I just randomly got it 4 weeks ago. I threw up for 6 days straight and couldn't eat, along with diarrhea. Ranitidine and sucralfate have helped me the most but I have constant pain every day. I got an endoscopy done and I've been waiting three weeks for their call, but they haven't called me back yet. I'm miserable and hope this is treatable. I'm 23 and it's hard to do activities and play with my kids.

Comment from: BP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I was very recently diagnosed with gastritis. I was originally told it was kidney stones but the abdominal pain radiating all the way around my mid-abdominal and back areas sent me back to the emergency room 4 days later. They thought blood clot and did a CT scan and found gastritis. They put me on Protonix and it's been a godsend. It's not even been a month and I already feel 100 percent! I rarely drink, there is a lot of stress and I am taking Motrin for a shoulder injury which I'm sure is what caused it.

Comment from: Discourage, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have had gastritis for over a year. I am bloated and eating only makes it worse. I'm taking probiotics and digestive enzymes. Wonder if anyone else feels like this.

Comment from: JM , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

My gastritis is directly connected to xiphoid process pain or xiphoidalgia. I have breathing issues, tightness in chest, pain, and bloating.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 03

I've had stomach pain from gastritis and problems with nausea for a couple of months and I vomit frequently. I've been vomiting all morning. Food feels like it gets stuck in my stomach and the pain and nausea aren't relieved until I've brought up whatever I ate. I usually vomit meat and bread.

Comment from: gastritis, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I pass gas between 200 to 300 times every day. It's been happening for 3 years now. I've seen 2 doctors. I've tried activated charcoal, Gas-X, probiotics, glutamine, lansoprazole, Pepogest and IBgard, and nothing has helped. My endoscopy showed gastritis and an ulcer. I was negative for celiac and H. pylori. I had my diet restricted to cooked meats, cooked vegetables, fruit, Jell-O and water, still nothing. I'm 22 now by the way.

Comment from: Maggiemay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I was diagnosed with gastritis about 4 years ago after I insisted on getting an endoscopy. I normally get flare ups once a year. My pain includes sharp pain under my ribs, chest, and sometimes my back. I've controlled it by taking omeprazole and a strong probiotic every day for 10 days to allow my stomach to heal. After 10 days if I'm feeling relief. I will decrease omeprazole to every other day for another few days then slowly get off of it completely. I have to take probiotics every day.

Comment from: Matti, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I have been diagnosed with gastritis after endoscopy but also have reflux symptoms. If I eat too much I feel unwell, and bloat madly after food. I constantly burp. Although taking PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) symptoms endure. I either feel unwell as if overeaten or have a hungry gnawing feeling, no middle ground. The reflux makes my throat sore and voice husky with a persistent cough despite lifting the head end of the bed. I have under rib pain and under shoulder blades a lot of the time. Will this be forever!

Comment from: R 1 , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I am new to gastritis. I am 38 years old and have been feeling so bad the last 8 months, back and forth to the doctors. I have acid reflux, sore throat, burning mouth, diarrhea on and off. Spending 5 hours in Accident and Emergency last night they said my blood tests and heart tracing are all good and my stomach feels fine. I can't keep going on like this all the time, it's sending me off my head. Wonder if anyone else has these problems related to GERD. That's what I've been diagnosed with and I don't know how to make myself better.

Comment from: Kev, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I am looking for advice for symptoms of gastritis I've been having for almost 5 months now. In February this year I had a bad case of gastroenteritis. Since then I've had what started with pain and feeling uncomfortable in my upper right abdomen. I went to my general physician with this, who suspected possible gallstones. After having an ultrasound to check for gallstones everything was clear. Since then I've vomited pretty much every day. Sometimes I vomit once or twice a day, the most times in one day being 17.

Comment from: Townie57 , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

My gastritis started with bile reflux about 13 years ago which made me quite poorly at the time and I went from 12 1/2 stone down to 10 1/2 in 3 months. I had a gastroscopy that confirmed bile reflux was the issue but gradually over several months it improved and I put back on the weight. Then over the last 3 years I had issues again, I should add I had a heart attack 4 years ago and the medicines I'm on are blamed for the issue but anyway, 5 months ago I was on antibiotics and prednisone and have had gastritis.

Comment from: Kat, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I am so miserable with gastritis every single day; and I still haven't figured out how to manage this. For the past 10 plus years, I get so nauseous and vomit. Vomiting actually tends to relieve the situation for me. But I can't wake up and puke, then eat and puke, then go to work and puke, and drive and puke... this isn't a good way of life. I've tried different medications and diets and lifestyles, but it always seems to come back with a vengeance. Recent endoscopy showed gastritis and GERD.

Comment from: Lily, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I have had gastritis for 20 plus years. I have a bad attack at the moment. I feel nauseous and empty, but I have literally no appetite and I even have to make myself drink. I tried omeprazole, but it doesn't make any difference. I can't find anything to help. I am taking apple cider vinegar at the moment to see if that will, but it didn't before. I feel tired and lethargic.

Comment from: D'Sharriah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I have been dealing with severe stomach pain and nausea since December 2018. Initially I deprived myself of food and water because I couldn't bear it. Over the course of three months I'd gone from 160 lb. to 116 and was scared. I got many different diagnoses and medications which made it worse. My appointment with the gastroenterologist couldn't be made until May 2019 where they found it was bile gastritis. Till this day it will feel like I'm getting better until I get an attack out of the blue.

Comment from: Kayjay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

I started having right side abdominal pains and nausea about 5 weeks ago and went to see the gastroenterologist, who ordered an endoscopy that revealed stomach inflammation and after histology tests on biopsy samples taken, I was diagnosed with severe chronic gastritis. I did two weeks of Elicorid a brand of clarithromycin/rabeprazole/amoxicillin used to fight H. pylori. I started esomeprazole but pain and nausea still come on and off. I can't get good sleep too but the doctor says it'll take a while before pain disappears.

Comment from: Nalubowa H, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

I was told by the doctor that I got H. pylori. I have a lot of pain in my stomach and later on I got chest pain and also lower back pain with heaviness and tightness. I have been on treatment for gastritis almost for 3 years but no change apart from worsening of my life.

Comment from: Kev, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

I have acid reflux and have had it pretty much since I was a kid. I developed really bad acid during a bout of flu like symptoms. They cleared up within a week but the acid and burning sensation in my chest and throat was horrendous. During this time I was awakened by terrible stomach pains which made me take a trip to the doctors. I was told that I had gastritis and she added the stronger form of ranitidine to be taken twice daily along with doubling up on lansoprazole tablets. This cleared it up.

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

My gastritis started off really mild and mostly affected me usually at night, keeping me up with back pain and indigestion, Then over time it got worse until it lasted weeks to a month each time. Pain and nausea were so bad I sometimes collapsed. Didn't eat much. The doctor did tests, but all normal. No H. pylori. Endoscopy is fine. Just have swelling. Now we are seeing if it's caused by food intolerance, but hard to pick which foods are making me sick. I wish there was more help for this. It is scary when the pain is bad.

Comment from: Barfer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I am suffering through my first gastritis attack, day 17. Every time I think I've turned a corner (stop vomiting), I will eat a little and then it is nightmarish all over again. I lost 12 pounds because the pain and vomiting are so painful. It's like the pain of childbirth contractions but without any of the breaks or a cute baby at the end; nightmarish. I have a gastroenterologist consult in 5 more days.

Comment from: Kim, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 02

I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis as a child, and had lots of aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines! Years later I was diagnosed with severe gastritis and now for the past 5 years I'd be feeling fine and out of the blue I pass out and when I come to I'm puking up and having a bowel movement or just puking. I am also slurring because my blood pressure just drops and no doctor has an answer yet. I'm miserable!

Comment from: Karen , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

After being a healthy 51 year old lady, ok a bit overweight, my world changed when I started with severe pain under my right breast bone. After several blood tests and CT scans ultrasounds followed by endoscopy and colonoscopy, I have been diagnosed with duodenitis and gastritis. I am taking omeprazole, Gaviscon and Buscopan. I haven't been pain free in 6 months. The burn, soreness and tenderness are horrendous. Fingers crossed the gastroenterologist will help; my appointment is next week.

Comment from: . TTYL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have severe and chronic gastritis, and lot of stomach problems. I am dropping weight without even trying, I've dropped 40 pounds at least and I know in the last 3 months I've dropped more.

Comment from: Brooke W, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I currently have acute gastritis. This is the second time I have this. The first time was four years ago. My symptoms now are belching and upper stomach pain, and I threw up once. I get hungry, but I can't eat anything because my stomach hurts so badly. I'm hoping this will be over soon.

Comment from: Nunez, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I started feeling nauseas with stomach pain all the time, a week after I had my baby. It's been four miserable months with gastritis, I am so depressed, I have loss of appetite, I have nausea 24/7, and if I do exercise nausea gets worse. I don't drink soda or coffee, no sugar, no salt, nothing microwaved, no flour, no red meats, and nothing acidic or spicy. I am on omeprazole 40 mg and Active Restore but I see no progress, this is terrible.

Comment from: Charlie, 65-74 (Patient) Published: April 11

Over the years I have had on and off stomach issues with a lot of discomfort in my upper abdomen. I take Prilosec and ginger every day. I started using only Tylenol for my rheumatoid arthritis a couple years ago. I do love a couple of cups of coffee a day and an occasional beer. Now I am in a flare that's lasting close to a month. I have been careful about what I eat, in fact strict now, but it isn't getting better. Blood tests and ultrasound are good. I assume it's gastritis but don't understand why it won't ease up.

Comment from: Juney, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 02

I've been diagnosed with gastritis in October. I have been getting flare ups where I've been vomiting dark blood. I have been to Accident and Emergency twice and I feel I am not getting any support from my general physician. I have been prescribed lansoprazole 30 mg. Help with suggestions much appreciated. Thank you.

Comment from: Tony, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 28

I was diagnosed with gastritis last September. I have been having severe pain for the last 10 months. The pain lasts for about 10 to 12 hours, and I am in agony. Pain starts in the middle of the abdomen, and then goes to the upper left abdomen. I had an abdomen scan done, all clear, CT scan all clear, and 4 blood tests all clear. I have been on multiple antacids, but no effect or pain relief. I wonder if anybody else experienced this kind of pain that lasts for hours.

Comment from: Silver Fox, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I have gastritis, Barrett's reflux and a hiatal hernia. I have taken medication for 17 years from Nexium, ranitidine to Zoton and others, and none has worked. I never have drunk alcohol, do not eat spicy food, and weigh only 8 stone at 5 ft. 7 inches. I lost weight last year and did not feel at all hungry. I have osteoarthritis in many parts of my body. To be honest I feel quite ill and after working for 45 years I feel very annoyed. I do get stressed.

Comment from: EatBetter, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I battled nausea and vomiting for over a year until I started seeking medical help. The doctor suspected a bad gallbladder. I started following a strict gallbladder diet and my symptoms were alleviated. After gallbladder was checked and the test concluded it was working just fine, I continued to eat healthy for several months. Then I begin to eat anything I wanted and the symptoms returned. I was then sent to a gastroenterologist and returned to the healthier eating choices. Symptoms again disappeared. Endoscopy revealed gastritis, but, no real reason for my sickness other than my poor eating habits, such as, fried, fatty, spicy and processed foods.

Comment from: Julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I've had gastritis for seven years. I've given up smoking and don't drink alcohol. The doctor gave me an antidepressant for my migraines and osteoarthritis in March this year. Since then I've had severe gastritis 7 times.

Comment from: May, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I have had severe stomach and chest pain that wakes me up at night, even when I sleep propped up and have eaten very little during the day. These episodes last for hours, with nausea and sometimes vomiting, and though I down antacid pills with a liquid antacid, it takes a while for them to help so the pain goes from intolerable to being able to doze. The next day, it continues with pain when I walk, bend down, or eat. Triggers for me are coffee, wine, and Motrin, and wearing a bra that is too tight! I have avoided spicy and fatty foods for years. My stomach sounds like a chemistry set, with gurgles and dripping sounds, and I lam bloated and look about 4 months pregnant. I am hopeful that a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) prescribed by my physician will help. I avoid triggers, and keep walking or moving; it helps psychologically!

Comment from: Leslee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I get regular flare ups of gastritis, usually caused by alcohol, coffee or sometimes medications. I start to vomit uncontrollably for 24/48 hours. I get burning, gnawing pain in upper stomach and into back. I take Nexium (esomeprazole) every day, twice a day with flare up and anti-nausea meds. I seem to get a really bad flare up at least every month, but mild flares week to week. This makes me so miserable, as after a bad attack it can take me a week to recover.

Comment from: Gabby, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

Recently I had an EGD and was told I had gastritis (which I had already figured out for myself). Doctor did not seem worried, but he is not the one who feels like constantly needing to belch, vomit, or just give up on food, period. My appetite is near nonexistent (which is a blessing in disguise) and when I do eat it doesn't take much to make me feel full and bloated. A lot of times I will even feel dizzy and light headed after eating, I thought that was weird until I read more about gastritis and found that sometimes that can happen. I am tired of pain in my stomach and being told it is nothing to worry about. I have high markers for several autoimmune disorders, stay stressed, and take medications that irritate my stomach. I used to take aspirin like candy, and I am around someone who has signs of H. pylori, all the time. I have got to get this fixed!

Comment from: Buffy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I was diagnosed with H pylori 5 years ago and it was treated successfully with antibiotics, but it has come back again and I am taking anti B's again. The first time it gave me a duodenal ulcer, this time I have gastritis because I am told it has developed lower down in the stomach. My symptoms are abdominal pain which moves around, but the predominant symptoms are a burning and acute gnawing feeling in the stomach, nausea and loss of appetite. I have an idea that stress could be a trigger for H Pylori because it has emerged both times after I have been under considerable stress. I am told that an Alkaline diet is the best way to combat the bacteria - in other words don't give it the food it likes and thrives on. I am seriously reviewing my diet at the moment. A list of Alkaline and Acid foods can be found on the net. It has been a very useful guide for me and I am hoping it will help in the battle to eradicate this horrible disease and will hopefully prevent it developing into cancer.

Comment from: Lizzie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have pain in my upper left stomach and between the shoulder blades. I also have heaviness in my chest after eating and have recently felt as if my food was stuck in my throat. I had an upper endoscopy performed and was told I had a mild gastritis and that that could be what was causing these symptoms.

Comment from: Kool, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

All the time my stomach is full with gas and now three days past my left back side pain has started. I really want to get rid of my gastritis. I am 44 years old.

Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I'm having a severe flare up of gastritis, and nothing that is prescribed for me seems to work. I'm at my wits' end and ready to drive myself to the emergency room. Wonder if anyone else out there ever felt like that.

Comment from: Friend, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 03

I have been told it's nothing more than indigestion, however there are days the pain from gastritis puts me on the floor. Then shortness of breath and the sounds; it just makes me uneasy every evening for the most part. I have woken up a time or two because of the pain. We'll be going to a different hospital next week as I have been to the one closest to me 3 to 4 times this year and it's the same thing. Even had a doctor send me home with orders to eat fatty food, greasy burger or fries!

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I'm not sure if I have gastritis. It's a really bad pain just below my ribs right in the middle of my stomach that flares up about every few months, and liquid antacid is the only thing that helps.

Comment from: Stephanie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Wonder if anyone experiences very bad pain in the body dealing with gastritis. I am looking for the best medicines to take for gastritis. I have breathing issues, and spitting up a lot of mucus.

Comment from: Kay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I found that L-glutamine 3 times a day on an empty stomach and 10 mg Trepiline at night really helps with gastritis.

Comment from: Lorraine, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had sudden pain under breast area, bloating, and sudden rise in temperature with gastritis and I was feeling sick with a horrible metallic taste.

Comment from: Fred, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I'm a 69 year old male. I have never had serious problems concerning acid reflux. Recently I began spitting up bright red blood. The incidents were sporadic and cleared up after a short time. I spit up blood for nine consecutive days and on two occasions there was a fair amount of bleeding. There was no visible blood in my urine or stools and no vomiting or other discomfort. After nine days I had no further problems. Four days after experiencing no problems I had an endoscopy and was diagnosed as having Gastritis and a Hiatial Hernia. I was prescribed Prevacid. The source of my bleeding was never really defined. Previously I drank one cup of coffee daily. I don't smoke and drink only on occasion, never to excess.

Comment from: Swelp, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I found, all of a sudden that I was having pain after a snack, which showed signs of a Heart Attack. I was able sometimes to bring up a very thick substance, never food, which after a while would ease the situation. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which means that I have to take repeated painkillers, etc. I am 67 years of age.

Comment from: Deepak Sharma, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 06

Gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Common causes include infection with Helicobacter pylori and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Less common causes include alcohol, smoking, cocaine, severe illness, autoimmune problems, radiation therapy and Crohn's disease.

Comment from: David, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

I wonder if anyone else has experienced chest and throat tightness with gastritis.

Comment from: [email protected], 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have severe pain around my stomach from gastritis.

Comment from: krystal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I was told to stop taking Nexium 9 days before getting the camera put down my throat as my last one came back with nothing because the Nexium hides the problem. It would have been helpful to know this.

Comment from: Rlc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I was very ill for over a year, w/ diarrhea, vomiting, upper and lower stomach pain and dizziness at times. Blood work was taken so many times, which revealed nothing. I was sent to a university teaching hospital where they finally found out what was wrong (after two colon tests, two endoscopes, and one sigmoid).

Comment from: Vienna21oo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

Last August I awoke in the night with terrible upper abdominal pains, acute burning, which lasted for hours. I had an attack again later that week. The doctor examined me and said that my stomach had a lot of "activity" hence the constant gurgling noises in my stomach. He gave me an acid reducing seven-day course of tablets.

Comment from: 13-18 Female Published: April 26

When I had gastritis, I had a lot of very loud, deep belching, a loss of appetite and sometimes nausea.

Comment from: LongJourney, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have suffered from severe gastritis caused by heliobacter pylori. After two courses of treatment I was told I was cured but then presented with Lymphoma of the mesenteric nodes. I am currently undergoing chemo and treatments for this. I am now experiencing gastritis symptoms again and I suspect a re-infection of heliobacter pylori.

Comment from: Reiki girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

i One night I was watching TV & all of a sudden my stomach just started churning. Then the bloating started. I looked like I was 6 months pregnant. Then the vomiting started & wouldn't stop. I started passing out. I also had diarrhea. After passing out 4 or 5 times, my husband call 911. At the hospital they just gave me something to settle my stomach & sent me home. One month later, same exact symptoms. This time, when I'd pass out, my husband had a hard time getting me to come around. The vomiting just wouldn't stop. So off to the hospital we went. This time, I had to have my appendix out. When I went back to see my DR. he sent me to a surgeon. He put the scope down my throat & found out I had a hiatal hernia, severe gastritis, & a bleeding ulcer.

Comment from: wwwmuscle, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I have been over eating for years, but until recently at 41 I didn't get chronic gastritis. I used to exercise regularly and gave that up for work and injury reasons. I had an endoscopy and everything was ok as far as having no ulcers. As luck would have it, shortly after I got food poisoning and ended up in the hospital. My eating options are limited. So far the only good things I seem to have no problems with are whole wheat pasta, potatoes, carrots, goat milk; small portions only. I have been able to get off the antacids but still need medication at night otherwise the reflux really gives me a problem and at times can trigger asthma and stress attacks when I wake up all of a sudden in the middle of the night. I'm trying rice gruel / rice water now, licorice seems to strong for me at this moment. I am determined to heal this problem because I hate asthma medicine and acid reflux of course. In 2 weeks at my next doctor's appointment I will as for the colonoscopy.

Comment from: Luz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I'm a 53 years old female and I have been suffering with digestive problems, like severe constipation all my life. I have tried diets, herbal medicines and many prescribed medicines, but never finding real answers. In the past 10 years and after a car accident that left me with several herniated disc, (neck and lower back) I have been given prescription drugs to help with pain and inflammation. I have been unable to tolerate these medications because I get strange reactions, like severe head ache, stomach pain, and bleeding. Foods also began to be a problem, like nuts, salads, chocolate, raw vegetables. Foods seem to stay in my stomach for ever. I have seen many specialists and they all treated me like I was crazy. Last year I had stomach surgery to remove diverticulitis in the colon. I have finally been diagnosed with chemical gastritis and intolerance to gluten. This means that all these years I have been suffering because the gluten in foods constipates me, and the chemicals in most medicines even causes gastritis in my esophagus and stomach.

Comment from: macnlu, 45-54 Female Published: December 18

I was driving home from work one day and suddenly out of nowhere had to vomit. I managed to make it home and when I did vomit it was bloody. I called my Dr. who had me come in and we discussed my sudden symptoms of nausea, vomiting, pain in my chest and back starting on my right side and going around my back to the left, total loss of appetite. At first it was thought to be Gall bladder disease. I had an ultrasound which did suggest Gall bladder disease. But my doctor suggested I have and endoscopy before he proceeded with treatment.

Comment from: Vicki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

For me, gastritis has given me pain in the mid-abdomen (under my rib cage) on and off for a week. The pain exists more than it doesn't exist. I also have diarrhea, which is not unusual in color. Sometimes, eating seems to make it feel better for a short period of time, then the pain returns. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat. I had a gall bladder ultrasound, which turned out to be negative.

Comment from: rsp, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I had chest pressure in the middle and right side of my chest that got worse as the day went on. In the morning my pressure was mild but got more intense as the day went on. After two weeks I began to get pain in my upper right back under my shoulder blade. I thought my pressure was caused by gall stones but found out after testing that I had gastritis. Now I am taking Nexium. It seems to help.

Comment from: Nelagtap, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

A year ago last August I developed chronic nausea and although a "big eater" at 59 yrs old and weighing in at 190 lbs. I eventually only drank ginger ale and ate very little. I lost weight without trying, which was a good thing. I had an endoscopy in Dec 2008 and was told I had gastritis and that there was "no treatment"... I also had a colonoscopy in March 2009 and had two pre-malignant polyps removed. After that "cleansing" experience I felt great. My nausea returned about 3 months later and I am living with it. Also I get a lot of anxiety and my right side is sore and painful and I hurt "into my back" as described. I am just living with it and take Phenergan in case it gets so bad I can't eat. I am at 170 lbs now and would rather not lose any more. My abdomen stays bloated-looking a lot too. Thanks

Comment from: angelkat, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I drank heavily last year and then I decided to stop. I couldn't get out of my bed because I was in so much pain. I didn't know what to do at the time and but luckily, my roommate gave me an antacid that brought me a lot of relief. I started drinking again and I felt the same thing like before, and now I'm developing gastritis from too much drinking.

Comment from: Princess, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was diagnosed with erosive gastritis May 2008. The doctor prescribed Protonix, then Prevacid, then Aciphex, and these meds made my symptoms worse such as diarrhea, chest pain, acid reflux and gagging. The burning in my stomach comes and goes. I need to go back and see the GI doc to see if my gastritis has worsened. I am sure it has.

Comment from: sampagui, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was diagnosed with severe gastritis before - I was in the hospital and stayed for 1 week before they were able to diagnose it. Severe stress brought back my gastritis. The pain's intense and in a second it rises up to my head, throbbing like it was going to explode. Used to be just nighttime attacks. Now, the moment I wake up the pain and headache comes. I'm now on Nexium, Buscofan, Maalox and Tylenol for my headache(if it comes). I seem to be feeling better but the abdominal pain still does come every now and then.I had to be on Nexium and Maalox for 1 month.

Comment from: bloated, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I think I had this bloating for several weeks before I even realized what it was...not until acid reflux got bad did I try to do anything about it. When I experienced chest and back pain and pain in my left shoulder, I went to ER, which ruled out heart problems and sent me home (also had a normal stress test). I ended up in ER three days later with bloating to the point of real pressure, plus burning. They did an abdominal CAT scan with contrast which found only a small hiatal hernia. They diagnosed gastritis (though not clear that there's no ulcer) and prescribed protonix to reduce acid and carafate to coat the lining and promote healing. 24 hours later I felt much better, but this morning after eating, I felt symptoms all over again, perhaps not as severe as before. I have to give the medications a few days and am hoping hard. Meanwhile, the doctor referred me for an endoscopy and a blood test for h. pylori. Gastroenterologist's first opening is in nearly 3 weeks; I'll get the blood test in two days, on Monday.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I have an inflammed and hardened stomach; shortness of breath and mild chest pains


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