Main Article on Gastritis Question: Please describe your experience with gastritis. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Isabel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I have chronic gastritis for many years now. I tried all medicines with minor relief and was even worse when I weaned. I didn’t want to be on medicines forever which do more harm than good in the long run. Anyway, what greatly helps with the symptoms is taking a full spectrum digestive enzyme before meals. I take the Now brand, and taking out gluten and dairy from my diet. Lately I’ve been taking electrolyzed alkaline water and it’s really a game changer. I hope everyone finds relief soon! Comment from: Amyturtle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 20 I have been suffering for 7 months with extreme pain/flare ups and was only just diagnosed with gastritis. I'm admitted to hospital every couple of weeks and omeprazole isn't helping. I've now also got an ulcer so my medication has changed, with led to another flare up. The burning pain is so intense and I haven't found anything that helps with it. Comment from: Secre114, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18 Today is October 11th and my symptoms began September 4th. October 8th, I was diagnosed with mild, superficial, chronic gastritis. And my colon polyp I had biopsied was benign. It took a month to get in for my endoscopy and colonoscopy on October 5th but only took three days to get my results. I was so scared that I would be diagnosed with cancer but everything came back fine. I read the stories on here prior to my diagnosis and wanted to let everyone know it will be okay. Comment from: Buggy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 11 I had nausea that didn’t go away, in my senior year of high school. The doctor told me it was anxiety. It didn’t get better. I had endoscopy, both upper and lower. Gastritis they said. They put me on Prilosec. It is now 7 years later, and it is always GERD, gastritis, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Nothing they give me gets rid of it. It comes back time and time again. I can't eat what I like and it makes it difficult to go to work. I’ve received no extra help for the recurring issues. Comment from: Mary B, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05 I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis and duodenitis a few years ago, by endoscopy. I had stomach pain, diarrhea and bloating for years. I got quite ill, so I went to the doctor and found out l was anemic, plus villi blunting so I went gluten free. That helped, but it’s been getting worse again despite being under the care of a dietician. I have taken lactase out of my diet and limited my caffeine. I am much worse after taking probiotics, now I am having heartburn and previous problems. I am on list for seeing a gastroenterologist. Comment from: Raphael, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 30 Gastritis is awful! I have had dry heaving, nausea and retching, but never vomiting. It also tends to burn in the navel/pit area of the stomach, after eating. I have lots of belching. I do have chronic gastritis. Plain diet isnt helping; nothing is. Comment from: Psi’on, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 28 After eating I have an instant reaction. My main symptoms of gastritis are pain in my stomach, burning sensation just below my chest bone, and feel incredibly full, even after only a tiny bit of food. The temperature of my stomach gets extremely hot. Because of the heat from my stomach, my entire body temperature skyrockets. I would then start shaking all over. Vomiting would shortly follow unless I lay down on my left side with 3 fans pointed at me and turned on full, until I started shivering. Comment from: Jade, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 I suffered with chronic gastritis for four years. I was put on lansoprazole 4 years ago and I still have one every day. Once you have it, I believe you have it for life, however, there is a cure that literally reduces your flare-ups for a year. I saw an amazing gastrointestinal surgeon 3 years ago who told me that when I have a flare-up, I must double the lansoprazole, one in the morning, one at night, and take 3 metoclopramide tablets a day for a week! My goodness, does it end the pain! Ask for it. Comment from: Mellybobs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 I had long-term chronic gastritis for 10 years. I tried omeprazole, pantoprazole, and now on lansoprazole, which I take when it flares up every few weeks. I tried taking daily, but it doesn`t stop flare-ups, or severity. I am on a very restricted diet. I had to go gluten free, already been vegetarian long time. I only drink decaf tea, still water and milk. My stomach burns, and I feel sick, hot, weak and sweaty. I can`t sit upright. Can`t walk some days. Can`t work. I’ve had 4 endoscopies. It runs and ruins my life. SLIDESHOW Super Tips to Boost Digestive Health: Bloating, Constipation, and More See Slideshow Comment from: T-Bug, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24 My experience with gastritis started about 8 years ago with pain and nausea, and pain in my chest and back. After my endoscopy it was found I have an ulcer and a submucosal mass in my stomach. It is now 8 years later and I have been able to somewhat manage it with bouts of pain, nausea, burping, hiccupping, back pain, chest pain and I still don't know what brings on an attack. All I know is that this is honestly the worst condition. I eat, I feel sick, I walk, I feel sick, I am sick most of the time. Comment from: #1Grammy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 17 I’ve had burning stomach pain from gastritis for months. I have hiatal hernia, gas and upper stomach pain even with omeprazole. Comment from: Maggie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09 I feel bloated from gastritis and have bloody stool, sometimes dark and sometimes bright red. I feel huge pressure, that never ends into enough stool. I have huge pain and pressure, slightly burning pain due to gas. Also have loss of appetite, and feel full too soon. Sometimes, the worst constipation. Trying to find out how it must be examined. Comment from: KHenr4200, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 09 I am a 33 year old living with gastritis pain I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I have to lie down on the floor in the back of my store while I am trying to work, because my stomach becomes too hot to stand. Nausea takes over and curling in a ball is the only thing that helps. I feel so helpless trying to work, that I try harder and it makes me feel worse physically. I have lived with this pain since I was in my late 20s and without insurance and proper treatment. I was never diagnosed until today. Comment from: Crown Vixon, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 After reading tons of these comments about gastritis, I figured I'd leave my story too. About 2 months ago, my husband and I thought we had a tapeworm, because of frequent bathroom use. A week ago, my stomach was hurting and I felt like throwing up constantly. Finally, I went to the emergency room (ER) and they said I have acute gastritis. The night time medicine helped amazingly for the second day, but eating anything makes my stomach hurt again. After reading these posts I fear it is something long term. Comment from: Kt, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 I’m 22, got told I had gastritis two weeks ago and have been on medication since. It started with loss of appetite, I never got hungry, so was never eating. Every time I was able to eat, I’d throw it straight back up within five minutes. I get a burning sensation in my belly, horrible indigestion to the point where I struggle to chew my food. Medication has helped the sickness, however I’m still not eating. Comment from: DeelitefulDi61, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 I have had 3 major gastritis attacks, every time I had eaten red meat, and the last time I was hospitalized. I have never experienced such pain, like hot coals burning my stomach, along with nausea and vomiting. The last one I couldn't eat solid food for over a week. Comment from: Unfortunatesoul, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 09 After drinking a monster energy drink, I had violent stomach pain. I pulled over to dry heave, then was able to make it home (3-hour drive). We waited 6 days with my pain getting more and more unbearable. Acute gastritis is what the doctor said. I’ve been on an acid reducer pill for a few days and they seem to be helping some, but I still get the pain sometimes lying down before bed. Comment from: Chris m, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 09 I have had this gastritis issue for years now, since I was a boy. It happens maybe every 3 months. I get this excruciating pain in my stomach, it's burning in my upper abdomen and sometimes in the belly button area. It's so intense and can last 48 hours, and the first night I can't even sleep as it is sorer when I lie down. But it comes and goes in waves. I'm supposed to be going to the hospital for closer looks. I'm scared to eat certain things. I wonder if this has happened to anyone else. Comment from: lcstylist, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30 I have been diagnosed with gastritis. I am very familiar with the bloating, belching, pain under rib cage, pain on my clavicles, and pain that radiates to my back. They put me on Prilosec, and I watch my diet, still no relief. One day I found myself on this website reading what other people like me are going through, and someone mentioned green tea. I am not fond of teas, but I figured if it didn't help it wouldn't hurt. I started taking it three times a day and it started soothing my stomach. QUESTION Pancreatitis is inflammation of an organ in the abdomen called the pancreas. See Answer Comment from: A.swa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 30 I used to get gastritis frequently after drinking, but now I have cut out mostly all refined/ultra-processed foods and eat a whole food diet, I haven’t had it in years. It mostly comes down to the food we eat and how that impacts acidity levels in stomach. Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24 I was diagnosed with gastritis in 2017 and given omeprazole. I took Zantac at night, now Pepcid and Gaviscon. In 2019, I had a repeat endoscopy as symptoms were worse, and also found 15 polyps. I believe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) make symptoms worse, but can't stop them because of unbearable acid rebound. No one realizes how debilitating gastritis is. It ruins family/social life, I dread social gatherings. People don't understand why you can't eat, drink, or join in. I feel 80 although only 60. I have a burning chest and throat from reflux. Comment from: Gracielle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24 I was diagnosed with gastritis 11 years ago when they removed my gallbladder. I actually forgot about my gastritis since I haven't had any attack for years now. But couple of days ago, I was reminded with severe pain under my ribs and tenderness all over my abdomen. I am still in pain now. I am taking omeprazole again at night and Pepcid in the morning. I have an appointment with the doctor in a few days, in the meantime hot bottled water seems to relieve my pain a little bit. Comment from: Seraphim, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 10 I went to the emergency room (ER) last November because I could hardly eat anything anymore. I’m a total foodie and even though I have mild chronic gastritis, I am on 40 mg of omeprazole for the past 20 years, I still managed to maintain a pretty heavy weight. Not anymore. I have recurring burning pain and sometimes it feels like someone punched me in the gut. Then my back begins to hurt. Lots of burping and gas passing. Endoscopy and colonoscopy in 3 weeks. I am slightly anemic now. Comment from: Abcd, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 04 I was just 15 when I got severe gastritis and I couldn’t eat properly. I lost a lot of weight, had hyperacidity all the time followed by heartburn, nausea and headache. I went through endoscopy and was diagnosed with antral gastritis. The doctor advised me to stop having junk food. I took antibiotics and antacids for more than two years. Thankfully, I am better now, after 4 or 5 years. I am cured, I can say, but not completely. I have these symptoms, maybe thrice a year or when I take spicy food because it irritates my stomach. Trust me, I have seen horrible times. Comment from: Mags, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 26 Because of COVID I was unable to see a doctor face to face, so was told it was reflux, and as I was already on acid blockers, I was told to just carry on taking them. Fast forward, endoscopy showed gastritis, stomach ulcers and Helicobacter pylori bacteria. It is bad because it had been left untreated for so long, so now I'm on soft diet, mashed vegetable smoothies. I'm in a great deal of pain constantly, I'm so miserable. Comment from: blondie999, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21 I had severe stomach pain, cramps, bloating, gas and nausea. I had upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, and the doctor said I don't have gastritis and can eat whatever I want. But everything I eat gives me severe stomach cramps, and pain. I have lost 8 pounds in about 2 months. I don't know if it is anxiety, stress or another medical condition. I am tired of being in pain no matter what I eat. Sometimes I eat because I am so hungry even though I will regret it later. Comment from: Sarah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 19 I have had gastritis for over 10 years and in the beginning it was torture. I tried all of the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) until one worked for me. Doctors will tell you that in a few weeks you should notice a difference. It takes longer, so be patient. I have had burning so bad that I had to sleep with a wet wash cloth on my stomach. I got help with Dexilant and then switched to OTC Nexium. Stay away from trigger foods. Eat bland foods like apples and sweet potatoes to calm the storm. Also for belching use Gas-X. Comment from: Joy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 19 I get burning in my stomach too with gastritis. My nausea is the worst. Last night I was awake all night. Nausea medicines didn't even touch it. It's awful. Comment from: i_mag, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 12 I am a sophomore in college and was just diagnosed with gastritis. I went to the emergency room (ER) for uncontrollable vomiting of blood and acid. The ER doctors put me on an antacid and then sent me home. I had to return 2 days later when I began vomiting. It’s been 4 weeks and nothing relieves the way I am feeling. The nausea and bloating are so uncomfortable. My friends don’t understand how bad this is for me and it’s frustrating because I don’t know how to fix this. Comment from: Margaret , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05 I have had chronic gastritis for 16 months now. Every day, all day and night. Burning, aching and discomfort, especially in my back. Not getting much support, consultants can't be bothered. My quality of life is unbearable. I have tried everything, even lost 5 stone. Antacids don't do much, and I tried all prescription drugs. It's not Helicobacter pylori although I've had that several years ago. I feel as if nobody cares. I've had no respite from this condition at all! It is there constantly. Comment from: Rohit, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 05 My endoscopy report shows mild gastritis but all the time I feel nausea and stomach pain. I am taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) but it is not helping with the gastritis. Comment from: Lela, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 28 I have been diagnosed with gastritis for a few years now. I have had flare ups of dull constant pain in the upper left part of my abdomen which I could manage with food, clothes, rest and proton pump inhibitors. But now there is a new kind of pain, super sharp and debilitating pain that ties me to the bed and I can’t move or talk. That happened twice so far and it's so awful. First time it went away in 30 minutes, but the other time it lasted for 7 hours. Doctors aren’t really helpful. Comment from: Dolly skip, 25-34 (Patient) Published: April 28 I have been having a very difficult time with gastritis. I was diagnosed in 2017 but I suspect it was there before then, since the symptoms and signs were there before 2017. My stomach bloats and feels so heavy, I have taken a couple of medicines and it seems not to go away. Aside from the bloating, another symptom I have is acid reflux and slight pain in the middle of my chest (upper abdomen). I have been on medicines for more than 6 weeks and yet… I wonder if anyone has had this and recovered. Comment from: Hca, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 21 I have been suffering with gastritis on and off for 3 years. The pain is at the very top of my stomach. I get waves of heat every few hours causing severe anxiety which I can't control. I have complete loss of appetite for weeks at a time. I have had every scan and test done with no conclusion or reason why it keeps reoccurring. Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09 I am updating my previous post. I am still having daily pain after eating due to chronic nonspecific gastritis and duodenitis. I am getting more frequent chest pain as well. Strict gluten free diet hasn't healed me although I am also gluten intolerant (had villi blunting but negative blood for celiac). Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) made me even worse. Everyone, please check out if you have low stomach acid as well, my doctor mentioned it. It can cause more problems. The PPI probably lowered my acid levels making my gastritis worse. Comment from: Linda, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 09 I have been diagnosed with mild gastritis. I say mild, but I'm in lots of pain. I've read some of the comments on this site, however, I seem to be the only person that has burning sensation in my stomach, like someone has put a red hot poker in my stomach, especially after eating. I also feel full after a few mouthfuls of food. The burning is also worse when sitting or lying down. I am not wanting to eat because of this burning. I am on 80 mg of omeprazole. Comment from: Al, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 03 My gastritis started with a violent and incredibly painful reaction to papaya, which went on for several hours. That was 4 months ago. I've twice had to go to the emergency room since then due to incredible pain, and was put on morphine. I have been on PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) for four years due to GERD (had Barrett's esophagus), which has been stopped). The following seem to help me more than anything else: apples before and/or after almost every meal, and low-fat diet. If I feel it coming on badly, oddly, 5 mg Valium works wonders. Comment from: kath, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 14 I was diagnosed 3 and a half years ago with chronic gastritis. I am now to the point of eating small meals once to twice a week, my stomach is always huge, now I cannot walk without being out of breath, I cannot get dressed, and I cannot shave my legs. My doctor said it has gone from chronic to severe gastritis. I always throw up acid. I am sick of suffering with this. Comment from: 2D, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 08 I’ve had chronic gastritis for years. After living on ibuprofen for nerve damage, I realized this has been the cause of my suffering. Gastritis is a debilitating horrid condition. I now live on fresh cabbage (sometimes juicing it) and found it helps greatly. Change of diet is crucial. Good luck everyone. My journey is ongoing. If only the medical field today knew… drugs are not the answer for everything. Comment from: Honey Gee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30 I have had acute discomfort in my left upper abdomen radiating to my back, for 11 days. I've been to Urgent Care, medical doctor, emergency room, and the gastroenterologist. I've had 2 abdominal and pelvic CAT scans with contrast (showed nothing), abdominal sonogram and chest x-ray (showed nothing). The endoscopy diagnosed the gastritis and hiatal hernia on day 10. Treatment is omeprazole twice a day. And Pepcid at night. Pain is improving but not gone. Small meals only. I am unable to work. Comment from: Gal123, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 My gastritis started in January 2020. Something was not right. I went to the doctor and found my blood pressure (BP) was very high and they put me on BP medicines. One month later BP was very low so I was asked to stop the medicines. I kept having panic attacks and rapid heart rate and was asked to go to the hospital but couldn't due to coronavirus. I switched doctors and found it was gastritis. I changed my diet. No sugar, oil, salt, spice or caffeine for 6 months. Diet is perfect and I drink water 2L a day. I went on Nexium for 5 weeks but taken off due to ear infection. It is September 2020, I still have gas during periods. Comment from: Shaf, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 24 For 15 year I was struggling with gastritis. Whenever I had heartburn and chest pain, I used to consult a doctor. He used to give pantoprazole or omeprazole, but it gave temporarily relief. They don't to try to find the root cause. In 2017 November my condition became worse, then I went to a hospital. There I saw an internal medicine doctor. She didn't ask me to do endoscopy, I myself told her that I wanted to do endoscopy. I did it and it showed that I had a hiatal hernia and stomach ulcers. Then the doctor gave antibiotics. Comment from: Shells, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21 Three years ago I had my gallbladder removed and that set me on a journey of pain and nausea. Several medicines and doctors later, I had an endoscopy that showed 5 polyps and an inflamed stomach lining. Because acid reducers weren't working, my 'detective' gastroenterologist suggested sucralfate to coat my stomach. Side effects, yes, but so far the pain is tolerable. What I have is bile reflux gastritis, not acid reflux. The only cure is to move the common bile duct from the liver to farther down. Comment from: Ana, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 17 Reading the comments helped me a lot, so I decided to leave my experience with gastritis as well. It started with nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. I went to the emergency room and was referred to a gastroenterologist. She told me to relax and breathe. Four days later, I was still feeling miserable and unable to eat, so I went to another doctor, who conducted a thorough investigation. I had an endoscopy and was diagnosed with gastritis. I've been taking pantoprazole for 20 days now. Never had pain, was only bloated. Comment from: Jax, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14 I was first diagnosed with gastritis during a stressful period 10 years ago. It healed but recently during the COVID stress triggered an awful attack. I was down with pain, bloating, struggle to breathe, and gas. In the past I took Nexium for it, 40 mg two times a day. But the only way I am able to get it to heal is raw cabbage and carrot juice twice a day, which heals it in 5-10 days. This time I found mastic gum and DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) really helped. First day of juice is awful as it hits a sore tummy but day 3 on I am ok. Comment from: niecie2k, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14 So happy to see that I'm not alone. Doctors shrug their shoulders and say, 'I wish I could help you but it's functional'. I feel so helpless. Meanwhile, the pain in my back, chest and upper abdomen is almost unbearable; feels exactly like a heart attack. I've done everything to try and fix my gastritis; diet changes, medication, meditation - It never ends. If it's not attacks of diarrhea and passing out, it is gastric pain all over; feel like I'm burning up inside. Not a good way to live life. Helpless. Comment from: Maria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14 I was diagnosed with gastritis and duodenal polyp after endoscopy. The surgeon revealed there is no cancer or Helicobacter pylori after biopsies. I don't believe that because I have been treated for H. pylori 2 times before. I was on pantoprazole 2 times a day and sucralfate 4 times a day, but the sucralfate caused sore throat and severe back pain, so after a month I stopped both. I'm on Pepcid now, but still having severe abdominal pain. My doctor is frustrated but I am too, and I can't see a gastroenterologist till 3 or more months due to COVID. I need answers. Comment from: Belowzero, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I have been having sharp shooting pain for seconds that happens at different moments of the day. This is on my upper right abdomen. I was given pantoprazole for 2 weeks, for my gastritis, but nothing happened. I also noticed the pain is triggered by some movements. Comment from: StefStuff, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09 After having my gallbladder removed over 10 years ago, I suffer from chronic bile reflux, bile esophagitis and gastritis. For those with unrelenting bloating after eating, I encourage you to be checked for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). My gastritis symptoms are burning stomach, bloating after meals, belching, pain under the ribs - feels like there is an inner tube under my ribs and it has been inflated, and pushed out all the way around. It is hard to breathe at times. Comment from: Grant, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09 I have been suffering with upper abdominal stomach pains since May. I have severe hunger pains, heartburn and indigestion. I have no official diagnosis as yet. I have had blood tests that showed mildly elevated amylase but nothing else, and stool test to rule out Helicobacter pylori. I am awaiting ultrasound on the 15th September and have been booked for a gastroscopy. I worry that it may be something more serious than gastritis such as pancreatic cancer. Comment from: Tired of being sick, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 02 I was diagnosed with gastritis. I have been constipated, have chest pain, and experience the feeling of having a 'knot' in my throat. My prescription (Pepcid) didn't help relieve the symptoms. It was suggested that I try FDgard, with has helped, but I still have the chest pain and throat symptoms. Very discouraged. I will return to my doctor. Until then I am researching remedies. Comment from: Randa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 31 I was also diagnosed with gastritis and lived with a burning stomach, nausea, and feeling unwell. Get curcumin double strength 1200 mg from the chemist. It's a natural high strength anti-inflammatory tablet. In a flare up take 3 tablets in the morning and 2 tablets at night for 2 days, then reduce to 2 tablets morning and 2 tablets night for a week. When the flare is over take this every night 1 tablet to maintain. It's just a natural herb. This really works. Comment from: ASM, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 26 I got diagnosed with gastritis in August 2019. My stomach causes me pain daily (nausea, inflammation), and I barely eat as much as I used to; I’ve started losing weight. I’m currently on pantoprazole (high dose) though I don’t think it does much. I get painful colon spasms when I go to the bathroom to the point I cry. I go into attacks where I vomit anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, which makes me super dehydrated because I can’t keep water down, and my ribs get bruised from puking. Comment from: EB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 25 Honestly, gastritis is just horrible. Around 10 years ago I was put on a medication for about 3 months which at that time helped. Now in the last month I'm reliving again a nightmare. Ten days ago I had to spend 2 nights in the hospital as I couldn't stop vomiting. Now it’s the third day, once again I feel so unwell, my blood pressure is also getting high, and I don't know how to get better. It’s hard, really hard> Comment from: craig09, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 24 Gastritis is a nightmare. Ok, I have read some of your stories and I would like to say that I'm dumbfounded in the exact same ring around with incompetent doctors. Well, mine has been going on for 9 years and may have just put the last nail in the coffin. My main complaint has always been sharp dull throbbing pain just below the last rib, however not a one mentioned low levels for over 9 years. Check CBC with differential. Gastritis can cause iron/B12 pernicious anemia or hiatal hernia. Comment from: Daniel777, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 24 One thing I would hope everyone who reads about gastritis and has to go to the emergency room for symptoms is to be your own best advocate and let the physicians know it could be gastritis. I had constant pain in the upper abdominal wall, chest pain, a little difficulty breathing, nausea, lightheadedness, dry throat and mouth that gave me geographic tongue for months. The attending physician believed I had COVID-19 instead of gastritis. I fought for a referral to a gastroenterologist and got an endoscope and gastritis diagnosis. Comment from: M.I., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 20 I’ve been having gastritis for almost 2 months now. I constantly feel bloated and sometimes my stomach feels like it is burning, especially at night. It started on 3rd July and my doctor has prescribed me with omeprazole, but I still feel the same. Then, I was given esomeprazole for 1 week and got better, but only for a few days before the symptoms came back about a week ago. I haven’t been taking any medications since, because I read that these medications are harmful for the kidney if taken too much. Comment from: Babag, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 14 I have severe stomach aches and gas pains that started from about 5/1/2020. I am under a lot of stress. My doctor and gastroenterologist took all the tests that our hospital had to offer. They sent me to a university hospital for 3 days to take many more tests. Almost everything showed as normal. It has been 4 months now I have had gastritis. I never used to have any of this. I am going for one more test. It is a hydrogen breath test. I don't want to become a narcotic pill junky but that is the relief. Comment from: Marta , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 04 I took Advil and naproxen combination as advised by the doctor, for neck pain. I only took it for four days. Couple days after stopping it, I developed stomach pain. I was put on pantoprazole a few days ago. Not much relief. They are saying I would need to go for gastroscope, but I want to avoid that. We already know it’s a gastritis, and what caused it! Comment from: [email protected], 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 04 I have had gastritis since when I was 17 and I am now 20. I don’t take my medication too often anymore because it comes and goes. I don’t know if anyone else has this symptom too, but I feel like there is something in my mouth or throat very often. Comment from: Babag, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 04 I've had stomach pain for 3 months since 5/1/2020. I have been through a battery of tests at our local hospital and they came up as normal. I was sent to the university hospital and they did more tests. The only thing that they came up with is perhaps some stomach bacteria was causing my gastritis. They gave me an antibiotic called metronidazole 500 mg (1/2 pill 3 times a day) to take for 14 days. My stomach still aches all day long and gets worse as the day goes by. Norco works for a while. I lost 34 lb. Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14 I was originally anemic and had diarrhea. Finally found out about villi blunting and went gluten free. However stomach pain, lower pelvic and back pain became chronic. I went for a gastroscopy, and biopsy showed chronic gastritis and duodenitis. I had episodes of difficulty breathing, and heavy feeling in chest. My abdomen blows up and I also have terrible bouts of gas, which unless released causes more pain. I went on omeprazole, had more pain, and tried lansoprazole, same bad reaction. I finished the course, but still not feeling right. Comment from: CB, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 07 After suffering with gastritis for many years, I accidentally discovered that a big bowl of organic oat milk (oats, water, and a pinch of salt) with muesli every morning fixed it pretty quickly. Comment from: Nicole, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07 I had an endoscopy done and was told I had nonerosive gastritis. I was told by my gastrointestinal doctor to take omeprazole for 3 months. I'm still having severe abdominal bloating. No pain or indigestion, just bloat. Sometimes it's hard to breathe because of the bloating. Comment from: Ms NJ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 01 After about 6 weeks of pain in my upper abdomen on the left side, I had an endoscopy which diagnosed gastritis. The worst symptoms for me are dry retching and generally feeling nauseous. I hate it. I was already taking omeprazole, so the dose has been doubled. Some days are better than others. Comment from: Gunn, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 30 I’ve have not been able to get to the gastroenterologist for my gastritis due to the coronavirus, but I have no appetite at all. Morning times are extremely unpleasant, with pain in my stomach, nausea, and vomiting every morning. Even when I drink water I get super sick feeling. Then at night time I feel pretty decent but then the morning is so bad. I have been losing so much weight. I constantly have diarrhea too, it’s so horrible, I feel bad. I hope you all get good treatment, and I hope everyone here starts getting better. Comment from: Anna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 12 I’ve had acute gastritis attack about half a year ago, but didn’t know what it was (extreme disabling pain in upper abdomen). Maybe, it was due to ibuprofen 800 mg that I used to take for menstrual cramps 2 to 3 days a month. I developed heart burn, was diagnosed with gastritis with bile reflux. I was put on pantoprazole; it made my stomach better but caused dry cough. I weaned it off and suffered through with diet changes. Everything improved but I still have triggers and stomach pain during periods. Comment from: Venus44, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 I was also just diagnosed with gastritis on Tuesday last week. I'm taking lansoprazole. It was helping at first, but for the last 2 days it hasn't done anything. Now I'm finding it hard to catch my breath every now and again. I've lost 8 lb. in one 1/2 weeks. I need to know if there is a cure for this. I can’t deal with it, it’s horrible. Comment from: Susie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05 My endoscopy showed gastritis and they did a biopsy. I have constant pain in the middle upper abdomen. I have had the pain for a month. I have referred pain in both shoulders under the clavicle. I have a 10 cm biliary cystadenoma on the left lobe of my liver. I will be having HIDA scan soon. So, I am not sure if all my pain is from gastritis, biliary cystadenoma or gallbladder. The only time I don’t have pain is when I sit completely still or lie on my back in bed. If I lie on either side, the pain is worse and pulling. Comment from: Deni, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I have chronic gastritis. I usually feel nausea, and pain on the upper side of the abdomen. I have loss of appetite, and I lost weight. I was drinking acid regulators for two months, but it didn't help at all. I vomit every few days, even though I watch my diet plan. It’s caused mostly because of stress. Comment from: Nessa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 I was diagnosed with mild gastritis a few months ago. I think the cause was the NSAIDs I took for pain relief for cramps. The odd thing about my situation is that I only get these attacks on my period, and the pain lasts for days. I tried to explain this to all the doctors I've seen but none of them believe me, or they think I'm overreacting, but this has gone on for 9 consecutive months. One doctor just chalked it up to my just having a bad day. I'm I the only one who experiences this! 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: 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. 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. 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.