I developed gastritis after surgery for a ruptured appendix a few years ago. When the pain first hit, it seemed to rise from my stomach upward. Horrible! I really thought I was having a heart attack.
I went to the surgeon who had done my appendix surgery and she referred me to a gastro doctor. I had both a colonoscopy (which he said looked 'great') and upper endoscopy, where he detected the gastritis.
Maybe my stomach pain and yours are similar(?) It's definitely worth getting checked out.
If you do end up having gastritis, Daily Strength has a forum on it. I don't believe there's one here at Healing Well, though.
Since then, I've had to be on a low-residue diet, not many spices, etc. I took aloe vera gel (a tablespoon or so a day--careful, too much is laxative!). I also tried licorice and was given a prescript
ion for Anaspaz.
Fast forward to now: I still get flareups of the gastritis and still have some stomach distention, though it's better. Right now, unfortunately, I'm dealing with what's left from my long bout (20 years plus) of battling a very spastic colon. For whatever reason, it's kicking up again.
However, I need to also add that my neurologist thinks I have mild cerebral palsy or something similar. I also have fibromyalgia. Evidently, my nerves/muscles and related have a will of their own! A constant battle.
Sometimes it's worth it to visit different types of doctors, such as I did. Expensive, though, yes. :(
Hope you're better soon.
ETA: Forgot to mention that smaller snack-like meals are better for gastritis than regular-sized ones.
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
Blessed Mother Teresa
Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 7/28/2014 7:50:17 AM (GMT-6)