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Loose motion and loss of appetite in gastritis:

Sir, I have gastritis problem since 1 year and six months I lost my daily appetite and also lost around 8 kg I facing the problem of lose motion 5 times in a day please send me some tips.

Gastritis involves irritation and inflammation of the lining of your stomach. You may suffer from loose motion and loss of appetite in gastritis. The other symptoms also include nausea, vomiting, headache, heart burn, dizziness and pain in the stomach. Loose motion occurs due to intestinal catarrh. Sometimes loose motion also occurs if there is acute or chronic infection of the stomach.

This infection generally occurs if the white blood cells enter the stomach through a certain injury.

You may suffer from loss of appetite in gastritis as the digestion does not occur properly. Any disorder in your stomach lining can affect the digestion and can lead to ulcers in the stomach. You may have a feeling of fullness in the stomach and there is abdominal pain. Thus you may not feel like eating food. Loss of weight may not be the direct symptom of gastritis. However loss of appetite, loose motion, nausea and vomiting can reduce the intake of food. Thus your body may receive very less nutrients. This can lead to loss of weight. 

Certain causes of gastritis are high consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol, over eating, eating improperly cooked foods, and eating large quantities of spices or condiments. The other causes of gastritis are worry, grief, tension, drug use and use of strong acids.

Certain home remedies for gastritis which are found useful:

  1. Have coconut water as it can provide rest to your stomach. It can also provide vitamins and minerals.
  2. Have half cup of potato juice two to three times daily. Drink this juice half an hour before the meals .This can provide relief from gastritis.
  3. Have about 500 ml of vegetable juice consisting of 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice.
  4. Apply heat on empty stomach. Place hot compressor or hot water bottle on the stomach daily. This can provide relief from discomfort.
  5. Chew fresh ginger before meals. This can be helpful for digestion.
  6. Have a warm water enema daily for a week. This can help in cleansing the bowels.

Diet for gastritis is as follows:-

  1. Have a balanced meal consisting of cereals pulses, fruits and vegetables.
  2. Drink plenty of water. But water should not be taken with the meal as it can delay the digestion.
  3. Have dinner at least two hours before going to the bed.
  4. Chew your food properly and avoid eating hastily.
  5. Avoid high consumption of spices, tea, coffee and alcohol, sour foods, pickles and fried foods.
  6. You can have good amounts of yoghurt and cottage cheese.
  7. Avoid stress, worry and tension. Lead a stress free and comfortable life.

Inflammation of Stomach Lining

A lot of people experience pain in their stomach, bloating, and nausea. A burning sensation in the upper abdomen, coupled with all these complains is usually a symptom of inflammation of the stomach lining. The inflammation of the lining of the stomach is known as gastritis. There are several conditions that can contribute to gastritis and the subsequent inflammation of the stomach lining. As a medical condition, gastritis can be either acute or chronic. Acute gastritis, as its name suggests, can occur at any time and is sudden in its onset. It produces various symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. In gastritis, nausea is the most obvious symptom of stomach lining irritation. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include discomfort in the stomach, cramping, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. Chronic gastritis is a condition that may occur slowly, developing gradually over a period of time. The symptoms of gastritis are usually vague. People who suffer from chronic gastritis may often develop intolerance for fatty foods and spices.

The causes of inflammation include bacterial infections. The bacteria H Pylori is one of the most common causes of inflammation of the stomach lining. The bacterium not only causes inflammation in the lining of the stomach but may also cause permanent damage by breaking up the inner lining of the stomach completely. This bacterium is also associated with peptic ulcers in the stomach and many other intestinal infections. Long-term use of medications such as steroids and anti-inflammation medicines may also cause intensification of the symptoms. Excessive consumption of alcohol is also regarded as one of the most common causes of inflammation of the stomach lining.

Drinking excessive coffee and gastritis are also interrelated. In fact, coffee and gastritis have a deep relationship. Caffeine, though a stimulant, may also cause infections in the stomach. If you consume a lot of coffee, it can lead to chronic gastritis. Some of the other causes of inflammation of the stomach lining are bile reflux, trauma, burns, major surgery, allergies from foods or drugs, and pernicious anemia. Autoimmune disorders could also cause the immune system to attack the lining of the stomach, therefore irritating it. Autoimmune gastritis is a very rare condition, and it is generally found in people who suffer from other autoimmune disorders as well.

Stomach lining irritation symptoms include stomach upsets, abdominal pain, belching, burning sensations in the stomach, and abdominal bloating. A burning sensation in the upper abdominal region is usually the first symptom experienced by a person who has gastritis. Apart from these symptoms, many people may also experience loss of appetite and a constant feeling of fullness. The symptoms are often rapid in their onset. Fortunately, such symptoms can be treated and the prognosis is usually very good. Chronic gastritis causes very mild discomfort but is more difficult to treat. In chronic gastritis, the prognosis is not good, and the damage sustained by the stomach lining may be irreversible. If there is blood in the stools or vomit, it may mean that the stomach lining is bleeding. This is a very serious symptom and should get medical attention as soon as possible.

Gastritis and weight loss are also often interrelated. For people who suffer from gastritis, weight loss may occur because of the constant vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. The irritation of the stomach lining may also cause you to avoid eating regularly. If there is pain, people may skip a lot of meals, thus reducing weight in the process. Since in gastritis, loss of appetite is very common, it is recommended that you visit a physician if you experience a constant loss of appetite and a feeling of fullness. If there is also a change in bowel movements and a burning sensation in the upper abdomen associated with it, get yourself tested immediately.

There are several tests like blood test, stool test, and endoscopy that are used to determine gastritis. The stool test may be performed to look for the bacteria H pylori, and the blood test is performed to check for anemia. The endoscopy can help determine whether there are abscesses or lesions in the stomach lining. A sample may also be collected for biopsy during the endoscopy. Antacids and acid blockers can be used to treat the stomach lining. Aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide are commonly used for this purpose. The pain and the irritation in the stomach may be temporarily relieved by these antacids. However, if there is a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be required to treat the condition.

While the treatment is in progress, consumption of certain foods such as pepper, red, green and black, should be avoided. Also avoid consuming spicy or citrus foods, onion, garlic, and strong spices such as clove and cinnamon. Caffeine and alcohol intake should be reduced to a complete minimum, or should be given up entirely. If your stomach has been bleeding, you may need to have surgery so that the abscesses and tears in the lining of the stomach can be cauterized. If adequate home care is not taken, a person may experience serious complications. When the first symptoms are experienced, ideally a person should report to the doctor. However, in case, this is not done and treatment is not received promptly, the lining of the stomach may get damaged permanently. The inflammation of the stomach lining may cause peptic ulcers and may also cause a complete change in the cells. The thinning of the stomach lining due to continued damage may need to be addressed with lifelong medication. There is also a high risk of stomach cancer in such a condition. Stomach cancer is a life threatening condition, and it is important that gastritis be checked in time to save yourself a lot of trouble. Metastasis of the stomach cancer can cause problems in other parts of the body as well. If in case you are experiencing any kind of digestive distress, the condition should not be taken lightly. A visit to the doctor is warranted when the initial symptoms emerge.

Submitted on January 16, 2014