What does gastritis pain feel like?

Gastritis is a common digestive condition that affects many people worldwide. It is caused by inflammation of the stomach lining, which can lead to discomfort and pain in the stomach area. There are several symptoms associated with gastritis, but what does gastritis pain feel like? Let’s take a closer look.

The Basics of Gastritis

Before diving into the details of gastritis pain, it’s important to understand some basics about this condition. Gastritis occurs when the protective layer lining your stomach breaks down or gets damaged. This can be due to various factors such as excessive alcohol consumption, long-term use of anti-inflammatory medicines, bacterial infections (Helicobacter pylori), stress or even autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms vary from person to person depending on how severe their case may be and whether it’s acute (short-lived) or chronic (long-standing). Some people might not have any gastrointestinal problems while others can experience abdominal bloating, gas/tightness/pressure rising up through their throat along with nausea/vomiting/upset stomach and – last but not least – gastritis pain.

Types of Gastritis

There are three types of g(a)str(iti)s:

  • Non-Erosive Reflux Disease
  • Erosive Esophagitiis
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Signs That You May Be Suffering From Gastric Pain

Given that there could only be gastric dysmotility without actual lesion(s), relying solely on symptomatology makes diagnosis tricky hence undergo proper testing before self-diagnoses tendencies kick-in! But since you’re reading this article…, let us just focus hereon gastritic / peptic ulcers-associated symptoms;

  1. Burning sensation.
  2. Dull ache around ab region characterized by soreness when feeling too full/common ‘hunger’.
  3. Vomiting with or without hematemesis (bloody vomit).
  4. Nausea especially after consuming acidic-tasting foods, such as tomatoes or citrus fruits.
  5. Experiencing trouble swallowing that may lead to choking/coughing) heartburn (to be continued by a cocktail of belch/flatulence/fart leading to social disasters).

How Does Gastritis Pain Feel?

The gastritis pain experience varies for everyone, but generally speaking it gives an overall sense of unease and well…pain! That said, some people describe their gastritis pain sensations as:

  • Sharp
  • Gnawing
  • Burning – like hot acid churning within the body
  • Dull / Achy

More often than not, the discomfort manifests in above navel and can then travel up throughout upper chest through throat even leading restricted breathing/meals regurgitation while trying to delicately balance oral-nasal-pharyngeal actsof swallowing/regurgitating/vomiting.


The timing differs too depending on each person’s case; day versus night-time aches, characterizes acute onset so sudden affectation you should check-in emergency medical care promptly while chronic counterpart could lead even intermittent flareups over months-to-years periods developing into symptom-clusters over time eventually resulting in reducing quality/state-of-life thus affecting work/personal-social engagements negatively.

It is important for those experiencing recurring symptoms resembling gastritic ones seek medical assistance regularly else they risk increased hospitalization chances ultimately footing more bills financially: better safe now than sorry later!


Below are classic triggers you’ll want to avoid if recurrent upsetting epigastric-rigorous-ab(ER&) episode(s) becomes[serious] apparent:

  1. Too much alcohol – don’t judge me I know one friend who always says ‘inafunzia’ when booze flavour reaches intense & long-lasting burn in mouth
  2. Spicy or acidic foods such as citrus fruits, garlic and onions some of us wouldn’t mind dying for – you hear me kimchi fans?
  3. Certain medications like steroids or aspirin could cause the lining’s erosion too (Add example).

Can Gastritis Pain be Managed?

You are not alone! Indeed, gastritic pains can be managed effectively with a combination of medication, lifestyle choices and changes to your diet include:

Eating Smaller Meals

Smaller portions should help reduce questions like: “what do you mean gastric-emptying> slow?” overblown bloat feelings hence:-
– Might prevent food regurgitation (into oesophagus) caused by pressure buildup.
– Aids digestion
– Causes little distension hence minimal discomfort.

Avoiding Acidic Foods

While it’s great that most people have no issues digesting such foods but, if sensitive to spicy/acid-tasting ones acid-riddled foodstuff contributes a lot more ‘fire’ than anticipated!

…Therefore incorporating anti-acidity-based diets into one’s eating habits can go a long way in reducing GERD symptoms as evidenced from this table below [insert link here]:

Food Rating
Bananas Baseline
Egg Whites Baseline
Fish (no spices yet satisfying enough) Almost Neutral

[To Be Continued].

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