Symptoms of Gastritis cover a large range. Know them to be able to identify Gastritis. Gastritis is not a disease, it is a condition that can be caused due to many reasons.
What is gastritis? Gastritis refers to the irritation or inflammation suffered in the stomach lining. It can be an acute or a chronic condition. Sometimes it is a part of other diseases or conditions.
The symptoms of gastritis can be very misleading. Sometimes a very minor inflammation can cause severe symptoms and at the same time severe inflammation may cause minor symptoms. The severity of the condition can only be judged after an endoscopic examination of the stomach has been performed by the doctor. An endoscope is a like an optical fiber with a minuscule camera at its end, which is introduced into the patient’s stomach to view the conditions inside.
This is especially so in the case of elderly patients. They may come into hospital with internal bleeding of the stomach without ever having suffered from any symptoms of gastritis before this particular incident.
Gastritis is a very common condition and it has been observed that almost 10% of the patients brought into emergency for abdominal pain are suffering from it.
One of the first symptoms that alert a person is discomfort or pain in the upper abdominal region.
The pain that one suffers due to gastritis is very typical. It may be felt in the pit of the stomach. People have described the feeling as cutting pain from front to back. The pain has been described as soreness, gnawing, aching or even burning sensation. It may feel as if it is cutting, stabbing or gnawing at you.
The other symptoms of gastritis include belching, nausea accompanied with vomiting, blood in the vomit, bloating, and an uncomfortable feeling of fullness and burning in the stomach.
The vomit could be clear, yellow or green. If the case is severe we may expect a bloody vomit and in moderate cases streaks of blood.
If the gastritis is particularly bad, there may be bleeding in the stomach too. This is marked by symptoms like sudden sweating, pallor or racing heart beat. Other symptoms could be feeling of faintness, short breath, and severe pain in chest or stomach. The characteristic symptom is vomiting blood. The patient may also suffer from bloody stools or sticky foul smelling stools.
The other symptoms that the patient might suffer from are black stools, a significant loss of appetite, stomach cramps, persistent fever, and lethargy, fetid taste in mouth, indigestion, diarrhea, and belching.
These symptoms of gastritis may or may not be present in a person suffering from gastritis. Sometimes the patient will realize this condition only when it has reached a severe state, where bleeding has begun. This is a marked aspect of patients on the wrong side of sixty. This condition may sometimes be caused due to excessive drinking or even because of aspirin consumption. It can be a part of other medical conditions too.