my friend wakes up everytime with a stomach pain. she wakes up mostly in the evening and has irregular meals. she smokes and drinks mildly. the condition exist for a year or more. please advice. is it stomach flu or could it be something more serious?
From the description, it appears that your friend's abdominal pain could be due to gastritis. (since the âsymptoms increase with meals, and associated with abnormal food habits). â
Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen.â Gastritis can last for only âa short time (acute gastritis), or linger for months to years (chronic gastritis).â
The common causes of gastritis could be diet habits, physiological increase in gastric acid secretion, ââstress, alcohol intake, stomach infection with H pylori, infections due to herpes, etc. â
Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to travel âfrom the belly to the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, âBloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly. â
Treatment of her symptoms can be tried with over the counter antacids like Gelusil, tums, mylanta âand acid reducing medications like omeprazole. â
If they do not help, then, stronger medications that protect the stomach's lining or lessen acid âproduction in the stomach are available by prescription. Your friend might consult her doctor for proper advice âand treatment.â
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