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What are the symptoms and treatment for stress-induced gastritis

Stress-induced gastritis also known as functional dyspepsia, is a stomach disease that, doesn't cause inflammation of the stomach like classical gastritis, but can also cause symptoms such as heartburn, burning sensation and a feeling of a full stomach, and arises due to emotional issues such as stress, anxiety and nervousness.

This type of gastritis has a cure, and can be treated with changes to your diet and with the use of medication that have an antacid effect, helping to soothe the stomach mucus, which prevents heartburn. It is important to control your nervousness and emotions in general, because it is an essential part of the treatment.

What are the symptoms and treatment for stress-induced gastritis

Main Symptoms

The symptoms of stress-induced gastritis:

  • Stomach ache;
  • Early satiety, which often prevents the end of a meal;
  • Poor digestion, described by the feeling that the meal stays in the stomach for a long time;
  • Nausea;
  • Heartburn;
  • Frequent burps.

These symptoms may appear at any time but intensifies in periods of stress or anxiety. Some of these symptoms may also be present in other types of gastritis and confuse the diagnosis of the disease.

How is the treatment done

In the treatment for stress-induced gastritis it is advised the use of anti-acid remedies like Naproxen or that decrease the production of acidity in the stomach, such as Omeprazole or Pantoprazole, for example, and they should be recommended by a doctor.

However, continuous use of these medications is not recommended, so it is best to treat the emotional issues that trigger the symptoms with psychotherapy, relaxation techniques such as meditation, a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

A great home remedy for gastritis is chamomile tea, which should be taken 2 to 3 times a day to activate its calming effect. Other natural calming options include valerian, lavender and passionflower blossoms.

Diet for stress-induced gastritis

The foods listed to treat nervous gastritis are those that are easy to digest and have a calming effect, such as lean cooked or grilled meats, fish, cooked vegetables and shelled fruits. Soon after a crisis, with pain and discomfort, you should drink plenty of water and resume your normal diet gradually, using natural seasonings and avoiding milk intake.

The foods that should be avoided are those that are high in fat and that irritate the stomach, such as red meat, sausage, bacon, fried foods, chocolate, coffee and pepper. To prevent further bouts of gastritis, you should stop smoking and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, artificial teas, soft drinks and sparkling water.

Foods that should be avoided with gastritis
Foods that should be avoided with gastritis
Drinks that should be avoided in gastritis
Drinks that should be avoided in gastritis

Other important precautions are not lying down right after meals, avoid drinking liquids during meals, eating slowly and eating in quiet places.

Can stress-induced gastritis turn into cancer?

Stress-induced gastritis can not become cancer because in this type of gastritis there is no inflammation of the stomach. Stress-induced gastritis is also called functional dyspepsia, because the test used to diagnose gastritis, called digestive endoscopy, does not show the presence of erosions in the stomach and therefore, this disease is not linked to a higher chance of developing cancer. See what are the symptoms and causes for stomach ulcer.

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