Have you been diagnosed with Gastritis? If you were you probably were told some very vague non-information by your doctor & it was essentially don’t worry about it. Typically the most technical advise is to take Pepto Bismol & to lay off of the cheesecake. If you’ve been to you PPC or gastroenterologist for gastritis you can probably confirm what I am saying.
Of course if you keep pushing for answers you are likely to hear the dreaded ‘we could do some tests—perhaps some blood work.’ I am here to tell you that there is no valid medical test for gastritis. Only only accurate one is the ‘my stomach is killing me everyday’ test.
So there is some confusion around just what gastritis is- what is a gastritis symptom-how we got it & what to do about it. I found this cool little article by the Mayo Clinic online that contributes a lot to our understanding —-and misunderstanding about gastritis. Not surprisingly I disagree with some of what this article says & will take this opportunity to express my opinions. which BTW–happen to be accurate.
Let me start by saying that some of this stuff being broadcast by revered organizations such as the Mayo Clinic is just so outdated it pains me to see that they have not evolved.
You will see with my commentary where I agree and sharply disagree with them. My opinion is the current & up to date one for doctors who are on the ball & cutting edge.
Check it out—-if you have Gastritis—-this will change your life.
Gastritis describes a group of conditions with one thing in common: inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The inflammation of gastritis is most often the result of infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers. Injury, regular use of certain pain relievers and drinking too much alcohol also can contribute to gastritis.
***Not actually true—-it can also be caused by the ingestion of antibiotics either prescribed or in our food & water supply. In fact–if not for the antibiotics you would never get infections in your stomach.
Gastritis may occur suddenly (acute gastritis), or it can occur slowly over time (chronic gastritis). In some cases, gastritis can lead to ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer. For most people, however, gastritis isn’t serious and improves quickly with treatment.
***I agree & will add that what can make it more serious is if it does become chronic it can represent as significant stomach erosion & eventually an ulcer.
The signs and symptoms of gastritis include:
- Gnawing or burning ache or pain (indigestion) in your upper abdomen that may become either worse or better with eating
- A feeling of fullness in your upper abdomen after eating
***Gastritis is sometimes confused with Dysbiosis which is a chronic imbalance of stomach ph levels. This can be caused by stress-poor foods choices or also by antibiotics. The main dysbiosis symptoms are gas & bloating.
Gastritis doesn’t always cause signs and symptoms.
When to see a doctor
Nearly everyone has had indigestion and stomach irritation. Most cases of indigestion are short-lived and don’t require medical care. See your doctor if you have signs and symptoms of gastritis for a week or longer. Tell your doctor if your stomach discomfort occurs after taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs, especially aspirin or other pain relievers.
If you are vomiting blood, have blood in your stools or have stools that appear black, see your doctor right away to determine the cause.
***This means you have an ulcer—–your stomach acid has eaten a hole in your stomach wall.
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Weaknesses in the mucus-lined barrier that protects your stomach wall allow your digestive juices to damage and inflame your stomach lining. A number of diseases and conditions can increase your risk of gastritis.
***They won’t say it for a variety of reasons–one of them is that they don’t know this & another is that they were told by the drug companies that what I am saying it not true—-it absolutely is true & is completely logical.—-The weakness in the mucus lining is due to antibiotics killing the good bacteria that the lining is made of. Aspirin etc can ONLY irritate the stomach wall IF there has been a prior exposure to antibiotics that killed off the lining.
Gastritis can develop suddenly (acute gastritis) or gradually and last for an extended period (chronic gastritis).
Factors that increase your risk of gastritis include:
***This is all bs—-they only apply if what I just said occurs 1st.
- Bacterial infection. Although infection with Helicobacter pylori is among the most common worldwide human infections, only some infected people develop gastritis or a similar stomach disorder. Doctors believe vulnerability to the bacterium could be inherited or could be caused by lifestyle choices, such as smoking and high stress levels.
- Regular use of pain relievers. Common pain relievers — such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox) — can cause both acute gastritis and chronic gastritis. Using these pain relievers regularly or taking too much of these drugs may reduce a key substance that helps preserve the protective lining of your stomach. Stomach problems are less likely to develop if you take pain relievers only occasionally. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) does not lead to gastritis.
- Older age. Older adults have an increased risk of gastritis because the stomach lining tends to thin with age and because older adults are more likely to have H. pylori infection or autoimmune disorders than younger people are.
- Excessive alcohol use. Alcohol can irritate your stomach lining, which makes your stomach more likely to be harmed by digestive juices. Excessive alcohol use is more likely to cause acute gastritis.
- Stress. Severe stress due to major surgery, injury, burns or severe infections can cause acute gastritis.
- Your own body attacking cells in your stomach.
- ***The biggest lie of them all. None of the inflammatory bowel conditions are caused by the immune system. Pressure any doctor to show you even one medical research that claims this. It is a myth. Called autoimmune gastritis, this type of gastritis occurs when your body attacks the cells that make up your stomach lining. This produces a reaction by your immune system that can wear away at your stomach’s protective barrier. Autoimmune gastritis is more common in people with other autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease and type 1 diabetes. Autoimmune gastritis can also be associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency.
- Other diseases and conditions. Gastritis may be associated with other medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease and parasitic infections.
Left untreated, gastritis may lead to stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding. Rarely, some forms of chronic gastritis may increase your risk of stomach cancer, especially if you have extensive thinning of the stomach lining and changes in the lining’s cells.
***Yup to all of it. “Left untreated’ should say untreated by an ‘effective method’ which more antibiotics or alka seltzer isn’t.
Tell your doctor if your signs and symptoms aren’t improving despite treatment for gastritis. If you go with their treatment then you surely will be call them up complaining.
***It cut the article off at this point as they are now talking about carting you off for more tests & even surgery.
***I thought it would be valuable to separate the wheat from the chaff–to give you something to think about & tho compare to your own experience.
***Please know the following is true as my long term & many other doctors have found.
- Gastritis is manmade
- There is not effective medical treatment for gastritis.
- Endoscopy for upper GI conditions can only detect inflammation /erosion & not tell you how you got it.
- Aspirin products / alcohol / food do not cause gastritis.
- Gastritis is not genetic or related to the immune system.
- If you don’t get it properly treat your stomach acid will eat a hole right through your stomach wall.
- There IS an effective treatment. It just happens to be a natural one. The strategic use of things such as probiotics & colostrum and a variety of healing herbs will rebuild the mucosal lining & stomach wall.
I hope this helps