Gastritis is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Generally, gastritis is categorised as either chronic or acute depending on the symptom apparent in the patient. While the reason for gastritis can be one of many such as bacterium, infection, problems with autoimmunity and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, the effects of gastritis can be painful, uncomfortable and can hinder the flow of everyday life and work if untreated. Most middle-aged men and women fall victim to this adverse health condition at some point, for the reason that most of us forget to pay close attention to our health with our busy schedules. Here are a few things that you should and should not be doing if you have been diagnosed with gastritis;
Watching what You Eat
As the condition arises and is localised in the digestive system, what you eat or don’t eat has a direct effect on whether or not your gastritis will stick around. For some people, it may not be possible to know another day without having to struggle with gastritis, but for some fortunate others, the condition may be fully curable, depending on whether or not you are willing to make the necessary changes in your diet to help you recover. Speak to your gastroenterologist Bundoora to find out your options of food which are good for you and which food and beverages you will need to start staying away from. Usually you will be requested to avoid food high in fat content, quit smoking, avoid caffeinated drinks, and to limit the consumption of alcohol. You will also be required to follow a diet which is rich in fibre and flavonoids such as broccoli, leafy greens, garlic, onions and camomile tea.
Assessing the Level of Risk
Since gastritis can give way to other diseases, it is advisable that you assess the risk level of the gastritis that you have. Acute gastritis is less complicated than chronic gastritis. Chronic gastritis can make way for other health conditions such as bleeding ulcers, gastric cancer, colon cancer, and bowel obstruction to come your way. Therefore you would need to know the level of risk associated with the type of gastritis you have so that you can plan your treatment process with your doctor and decide whether you will need to be visiting any specialist facilities such as colonoscopy clinics to get the testing, treatment and medications you need. However, if your condition is chronic and you are going to need extra medical attention, it is important that you stay positive before all else. Knowing the level of risk should be a progressive step towards helping you get better faster, not a reason to become depressed, angry or disheartened.
Handling the Discomfort
There may be a lot of abdominal discomfort associated with your condition. Some over the counter drugs may be able to help you with the pain and you might need a prescription from your doctor for other types of medication. Taking your medicine on time and in the right dosage can work wonders in not just making the unbearable pain go away, but also by assisting your recovery process. A proper and balanced diet, exercising and yoga are said to diminish the symptom of gastritis such as nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting and loss of appetite. So make sure you handle the discomfort properly with the help of your medication, diet and exercise.