Gastritis describes a variety of conditions relating to inflammation of the stomach lining. Various factors, including injuries, H.pylori infection, excessive use of certain painkillers, and high alcohol consumption, can lead to gastritis. In most cases, the conditions are easy to treat. Sometimes, however, gastritis causes ulcers and increase one's risk of developing cancer. Early diagnosis is important for a full recovery.
The most common and widely reported of all gastric-related symptoms, abdominal pain associated with this condition can vary from moderate to severe. The pain is usually located in the upper central portion of the abdomen and is described as a dull, aching discomfort. In severe cases, people complain of sharp, shooting pains that seem to gnaw at their insides.
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