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Stress induced gastritis symptoms

The symptoms of stress induced gastritis usually arise after a situation of great stress or when you are experiencing a period of great anxiety, such as preparation for an exam or pressure at work, for example.

These symptoms can be quite recurrent in some people, especially in those who often suffer with anxiety. Therefore, in these cases, it is recommended you see a gastroenterologist to assess the need to take a gastric protector, such as Omeprazole, during periods of stress, in order to protect the stomach lining and prevent the onset of gastritis.

The two most frequent symptoms are the presence of belching and constant nausea, however, other signs may also be present. Choose you symptoms from the ones below:

  1. 1. Constant, stabbing stomach pain
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  2. 2. Feeling sick or upset stomach
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  3. 3. Swollen and sore belly
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  4. 4. Slow digestion and burping
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  5. 5. Headache and general malaise
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  6. 6. Loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting
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Although these symptoms may not be always present simultaneously, they cab worsen at mealtimes during periods of disease crisis.

Stress induced gastritis symptoms

How to confirm the diagnosis

The diagnosis of stress induced gastritis is not accepted by all doctors, however, it can be done when a crisis of gastritis arises during periods of increased stress. However, it is first necessary to eliminate other possible causes, such as stomach infection with H. pylori, for example. See what is H. Pylori and how it is treated.

Therefore, if symptoms arise frequently it is important to see a gastroenterologist to evaluate your health history and try to find the most probable cause for the gastritis.

How to relieve the symptoms of stress induced gastritis

The first step in relieving symptoms of stressed induced gastritis is to use strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, such as taking yoga classes to learn to control the mind and breathing, do stretching exercises in the middle of the day to relax the body and, if necessary, have therapy with a psychotherapist.

In addition, treatment should also include:

1. Light diet

Having a healthy diet can help to reduce the production of acidity in the stomach, relieving symptoms of pain and burning. For this, you should avoid eating high-fat foods because they take longer to be digested so they stay longer in the stomach, such as red meats, sausage, bacon, whole milk, fast food, frozen ready-made foods and stuffed biscuits.

To reduce gas production, it is important to avoid consuming foods like carbonated drinks, beans, cabbage, corn, peas, broccoli, cauliflower and egg. See how to follow a diet suitable for gastritis.

2. Regular physical exercise

Practicing physical activity regularly is important for improving digestion, decreasing stress and anxiety and increasing the production of hormones that give the sensation of pleasure and well-being, helping to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.

3. Choose natural remedies

Some medicinal plants can be used as a natural treatment against stress induced gastritis, helping to alleviate the symptoms of the disease. So, you can use the following teas:

  • Pepper mint;
  • Ginger;
  • Chamomile;
  • Lemongrass.

These tea are great for relieving nausea, stomach ache and vomiting.

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