Gastritis is a term used to describe conditions whereby the lining of the stomach is inflamed. Gastritis is caused by numerous factors, including injuries, excessive use of certain painkillers, and high alcohol consumption, being the most widely recorded. In most cases, it is easy to treat gastritis, and patients make 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 to decrease the possibility of further complications. Early diagnosis is crucial.
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 located in the upper central portion of the abdomen. Usually, the pain is described as a dull, aching discomfort. In severe cases, people may complain of sharp, shooting pains that seem to gnaw at their insides.