Around 2 million Americans visit the doctor for help with gastritis every year. At Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc, with offices in Plymouth, La Porte, and South Bend, Indiana, and an additional office in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street, the compassionate professionals offer the highest standard in evidence-based care of gastritis. Book your appointment online or call the nearest office today.
Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach mucosa (its inner lining). Acute gastritis happens suddenly, often causing more obvious symptoms, while chronic gastritis usually develops slowly.
Chronic gastritis can cause severe mucosal damage, potentially leading to peptic ulcer disease, tumors, and polyps. In some cases, chronic gastritis increases the risk of stomach cancer.
If you experience symptoms, you may have:
Gastritis may cause bleeding in your stomach, resulting in dark stools and vomiting blood (which may appear like coffee grounds).
Many different factors may contribute to or directly cause gastritis, including:
People with some other gastrointestinal disorders, like Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, have an increased incidence of gastritis.
Gastritis diagnosis starts with an exam and review of your symptoms. If your Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc provider suspects gastritis, they may recommend:
Depending on the situation and your other health concerns, you may need other tests as well.
Gastritis treatment varies from one person to another, based upon the cause of your condition. Some of the different types of medication that can help with gastritis include:
In addition, your provider may recommend some changes in your current routine. For example, if you take NSAIDs frequently, your provider may recommend swapping them for acetaminophen pain relievers. Reducing alcohol intake is another way to fight gastritis.
Your provider may recommend a diet that’s rich in foods that can help prevent H. pylori growth, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and berries.
If you have upper abdominal pain or other digestive issues, reach out to Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc for a prompt evaluation and expert care. Book an appointment by calling the office nearest you or click the provided link now.