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Gastritis and IBS

Gastritis and IBS

I’ve mentioned before that IBS is not the only fire I’ve got going on in my belly. I’ve discussed my issues with ulcers but have not talked about the gastritis in that much detail, due mostly to the fact that it generally exists in a somewhat remissive state. It generally stays in hiding until the stress becomes too much. Even though I understand stress well and have a ton of tools to help deal with it naturally, there are times when I simply don’t deal with it very well. Hence, the IBS, gastritis and ulcers, I suppose. Today, I’d like to say a word or two about dealing with gastritis and IBS at the same time and what this might mean for your overall wellness.

What is gastritis?

People experience Gastritis in different ways and may experience one symptom more than another person. A lot like IBS, in that way. Tailor made for each of us 🙂 Allow me to explain what gastritis feels like to me. It is a dull, aching pain that sort of just attaches itself to upper/middle part of my belly and doesn’t seem to want to let go. It’s kind of like Chinese water torture. What I mean is that there is typically nothing dramatic going on here. It’s just that it doesn’t go away overnight. The real problem is that you don’t really know WHEN it will go away. You can take antacids to kill acid production in the belly, make sure your diet is up to snuff and take good care of yourself. Oh and keep stress and tension to an absolute minimum. I have actually found that the duration of the bout of gastritis directly corresponds to how well I am doing managing the stress. I suppose this is another very important thing that IBS and gastritis have in common; the stress.

How to manage gastritis and IBS?

IBS and gastritis may share some common ‘stomach’ themes like stomach tenderness and bloating issues, but in my experience they don’t feel the same at all. The reason that having both at the same time is really hard is because of how overwhelmed you feel at times. You are trying your darndest to treat your IBS in such a way as to experience some relief. You may be successful, but the nature of the gastritis is such that it will not give you short term relief simply by applying the right diet, exercise or wellness patterns. It simply takes longer to catch up to the fact that you are doing what you are supposed to and then to feel better. Therefore, we have to remember to cultivate patience and calm when addressing these two illnesses together. Otherwise, we will find ourselves on a sort of hamster wheel due to the direct relationship stress has on both IBS and gastritis. You can feed them the same way, treat them in generally the same way (peppermint works great for both) and manage them the same way. You just have to be prepared for different reactions from each of these two gigantic pains in my a**…lol

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Comments

  • Holly5757
    6 months ago

    I have had gastritis/IBS pretty much my whole life. I have suffered with gastritis much more intensely than IBS over the years.
    My main symptoms when I get a flare up are nausea, indigestion, pain in the upper left side of my belly, some heartburn. Usually it lasts 2-4 days. It can be very debilitating. Hard to do much when you are so nauseous you can’t even swallow your own spit. Stress can bring on that pit of the stomach pain in an instant it seems.
    Add diarrhea from IBS to this and it is like having stomach flu at least once a week when a flare up hits. (my flare ups are usually once a week)
    People that do not suffer with these do not understand the pain that goes along with them. No fun.

  • AmnaR moderator
    6 months ago

    @Holly5757 you’re absolutely right. What you’ve described is definitely not fun and unless people have the condition, many aren’t capable of understanding what you have to live with on a daily basis. I’m so sorry you’ve had to experience all these symptoms. We understand! And we’re here for you. Thanks so much for sharing – Warmly, Amna, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • sara35
    6 months ago

    In the process of trying to find out what is wrong with me I was diagnosed with IBS and gastritis and all without endoscopy of colonoscopy but today I returned to doctor because I have a burning stomach that radiates to middle back, do you experience that? Given prilosec and told it can take a month to heal the ulcer I have now been told I have. Yes! Very overwhelming is right. I had just started to accept these daily IBS abdominal pains and then the ulcer pain came 🙁

  • AmnaR moderator
    6 months ago

    @sara35 thanks so much for sharing. And I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with all this pain – it’s not at all easy. but you aren’t alone! Many in this community understand what you’re going through. We’re here for you! Hang in there – Warmly, Amna, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

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