Gastritis is a term used to describe conditions whereby the lining of the stomach is inflamed. The causes of gastritis are numerous and varied with injuries, excessive use of certain painkillers and high alcohol consumption, being the most widely recorded. In most cases, gastritis can be treated easily with patients making a full recovery. Sometimes however, gastritis may cause ulcers and increase one’s risk of developing cancer. It is thus of utmost importance to treat gastritis with urgency, so as to decrease the possibility of further complications. Early diagnosis is crucial and hence, here is a list of signs and symptoms typically associated with gastritis.
The most common and widely reported of all gastric discomforts, abdominal pain associated with this condition can vary from moderate to severe. The pain is usually localized to the upper central portion of the abdomen – the “pit” of the stomach. Usually, the pain is described as a dull, aching discomfort though in severe cases, people may complain of sharp, shooting pains that seem to gnaw at their insides.