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Gastritis & Esophagitis: What can cause internal burning sen

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I was diagnosed with a virus some 5 weeks ago. during this time i have suffered with a lot of wind in my stomach. My stomach is bloated, i have been having some light headeness, My current symptons are a burning sensation at the top of my ribs, my stomach is windy and my bowels were soft this morning when i went to the toilet. This burning sensation is really uncomfortable any suggestions?


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replied September 20th, 2006
Digestive & Bowel Disorders Answer A1533
According to the symptoms you mention (bloated stomach, burning sensations at the top of your ribcage…) you might be experiencing a type of stomach inflammation (gastritis) accompanied by inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis). Inflammation causes the stomach tp produce more stomach acid. Some amount of that stomach acid can pass through the cardia and enter into the esophagus (reflux) causing inflammation of the esophagitis. Reflux esophagitis is manifested with burning sensation –heartburn. You can try taking antacids and request a prescription for ranitidine to calm the heartburn in the short term. In the long term, it might help to investigate the types of food you are eating: they are generally classified as acidic or alkaline. Consuming more alkaline foods (green vegetables, seed and nut proteins, and fruits ) can help to neutralize the acidity in the stomach, creating a harmonious Ph balance in the body.
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