Gastritis Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Gastritis — inflammation of the lining of your stomach — can cause sudden and severe pain and can become a long-term (chronic) issue that can last for years without treatment. Either way, the board-certified specialists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, can diagnose what’s causing the inflammation and discomfort and design a treatment plan that relieves your symptoms. You’ll also appreciate the warm and caring environment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group, where patients come first. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Gastritis Q & A

What is Gastritis?

Gastritis occurs when your body’s immune system senses weakness in the lining of your stomach and sends white blood cells to surround and protect the damaged region from further harm as your body attempts to heal the problem. This natural and often powerfully effective response to injury or infections also leads to inflammation.

Unfortunately, some of the conditions that cause gastritis can overwhelm your body’s immune response and trigger increasingly painful inflammation, which can eventually become chronic.

What Causes Gastritis?

Many conditions can damage the protective membrane lining your stomach. This allows digestive juices to wear away the lining, which leads to even greater inflammation and subsequent pain.

A gastrointestinal bacterial infection can cause gastritis. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), the most common gastritis-producing bacterium, infects the lining of the stomach. H. pylori is usually passed from person to person or through contaminated food or water.

Other underlying causes of gastritis include:

  • Viral infections
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Smoking
  • Extreme stress due to injury, illness, or surgery
  • Digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease
  • Autoimmune disorders, including Type 1 diabetes and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Parasitic infections

Age can also increase your risk of developing gastritis since the stomach lining thins with aging.

What are the Symptoms of Gastritis?

Symptoms of gastritis vary and can be mild to severe. You could experience:

  • Sensation of fullness in your upper abdomen
  • Nausea that can occur with or without meals
  • Vomiting
  • Moderate to severe indigestion with a gnawing or burning pain that can increase or decrease with meals

Left untreated, gastritis can lead to bleeding ulcers that include symptoms like black, tarry stools and/or vomiting what appears to be coffee grounds.

How Do I Know What’s Causing My Gastritis?

Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group specialist completes an extensive review of your symptoms and a thorough physical exam as well as appropriate diagnostic studies to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms before settling on an effective treatment.

Having problems with abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting? Schedule a visit today with Illinois’ premier gastroenterology practice. Give the office a call or use the online tool to book your appointment.