I have had recurring symptoms of heartburn, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, upset stomach through the years since I was about eight years old. I am now nineteen & I was diagnosed with Gastritis at seventeen after years of visiting doctor after doctor with the results from incompetent doctors saying "Nothing seems to be wrong & everything appears to be normal." Good grief! Anyway, the doctor who diagnosed me has to perform an endoscopy this week to determine if anything else is wrong with my digestive system. I was just wondering what causes Gastritis & if it is curable.
Gastritis is a really general diagnosis. It just means stomach inflammation ("gastro"-pertains to the stomach and/or digestive tract but usually just the stomach and "itis" means an inflammation) Hopefully by performing the endoscopy he can determine a more precise diagnosis. Sometimes it is very difficult to determine the cause of the inflammation. It can be a reaction to stress, foods, medicines, etc. If it is caused by stress for instance, they might not be able to find anything abnormal about your stomach other than the fact it is inflammed. Unfortunately, even with todays technology, much of medicine is an "educated guess". It may be helpful to keep a diary daily documenting things like everything that has passed your lips like foods, drinks and meds and also how you feel i.e. emotions like happy, sad, depressed, stressed etc.and how your bowels and stomach feel. It is a lot of work on your part, I know, but it may help you to see a pattern to get to the bottom of what is causing the inflammation to occur and help you to begin to eliminate things that irritate your system. If it is stress, drug therapy like antianxiety meds might help but it is better to learn ways to deal better with stress so you are not internalizing it. Some folks use yoga, meditation, exercise, talk therapy and all kinds of other ways to deal with stress. You have to find what combination of things that work best for you. I hope you are able to find answers soon!! Sometimes just knowing a true diagnosis helps. The unknown has a way of really stressing us in itself!
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