Anxiety, Random Symptoms...Could do with advice.

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Hi all, So my problems started in February.

I woke up with stomach ache/burning pain which got progressively worse. I got checked over at hospital and they said it was gastroenteritis. It carried on for weeks, went to my GP who referred me for a camera... It was then i was told i had gastrisis (immflamation of the stomach).

Since then ive been taking omeprazole and gaviscon which did help and i managed to get off them eventually. Then it came back, then went, then came back and went again.I seem to have a flare up every now and again which lasts a few weeks. The only problem is i think it may be anxiety thats bringing it on, When i looked up reasons why you get gastrisis, Anxiety was the only one that stood out to me. I had an operation early this year which caused me mega stress/worry and i think thats why i got gastrisis in the first place. Right now im struggling to cope, the gastrisis is back because im worried again but i cant stop.I dont even know properly what im worried about, i just feel on edge/twitchy, When i walk i seem to get pain under my ribs (not actually sure if i am or the anxiety is making me think i am).

I'm worried im just stuck in a rut with no way out, the anxiety starts and the gastrisis starts, then it goes. then the circle comes back around.

Is their anything i could try to help with the anxiety - i think if i could get on top of that the gastrisis will go again, and hopefully not return if i can keep myself calm for long enough to actually get the gastrisis to heal.

I'm really fed up and could do with some advice.

P.s Im a 25 year old, and have never suffered with anxiety previous to all this (at least i dont think i have)

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    You sound exactly like me!! Is it stomach related...or anxiety related....that's starting to affect your stomach. Its a vicious cycle and hard to break. Id go get therapy to help you cope and relieve some of the stress. Plus they may prescribe anti-anxiety meds or antidepressants. Im going to do that for sure.

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    This is me right now. I have gastritis and my ribs are aching front and back. I have been going through alot of stress lately and I know that's why my gastritis is so bad just now but then I worry about that incase it's something worse so it's just a vicious circle. Do you feel sick with yours x

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      Oh and yes...i have occasional rib pain in front and back. Hard to tell if it's pulled muscles cuz of my emotional state that i was in (sobbing so badly in a curled up ball) or if its my stomach...inflamed. im def a gut stressor...

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      Im the same way...when i get emotionally upset, my pain increases. Whatch what you do when you get stressed...for example i tend to get real tense in the abs. Probably doesn't help with rib pain. And yes...each day is different. When i feel sick, like today, i worry more, thus feel worse. Sighhhhhh.... i miss my old self! Give yourself time to heal though...several months. Take walks, workout to relieve the tension, change your diet to a bland one, drink chamomile tea, no caffeen...and see if all this helps you improve.

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      We are literally the same person! My stomach tenses up to, and then when I realise it's tense I try to push my stomach out to stop it tensing. It's a vicious cycle isn't it. X

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      You could both be talking about me. How long does it take for a bad but of gastritis to start to heal. Every time I've had it it's been few weeks this time I've had it over a month :-(

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      Ive never had it. I dont know if i even do...but i have the symptoms. I havent had an endoscopy, because ive already had so many tests (biopsies, mult ultrasounds) that i thought id give myself a break...to heal myself 1st...i had massive panic and emotional attacks waiting for the results of all these tests...so needless to say I cant handle anymore for now. But if you have the hpylori bacteria, you will need antibiotic to help your gastritis! Besides other meds.
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    Gastritis simply means 'inflammation of the stomach'. It isn't something heals or doesn't heal - it just IS.

    I've had it for 33 years lol.

    It has nothing to do with anxiety in my case - just a hiatus hernia.

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    And I must be honest and say that I'm completely baffled as to why so many of you arre obsessing about such a trivial thing. It isn't life-threatening. It isn't even painful if you take your medication. What's the big deal about gastritis????

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      Not everyone is the same, with medication it IS STILL painful. it's been caused by anxiety which unfortunately I'm struggling to control even with medication. Until the anxiety heals the stomach cannot repair itself because the anxiety is causing it.... And That came from a specialist consultant. Yours has been caused by a hernia therefore until said hernia is removed you will always have the gastritis. Most people DO recover from it (again from a consultant) im happy your gastritis doesn't affect your daily life but for some of us it does. Your one of the lucky ones I guess....

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      Tess it is extremely painful and makes you feel sick, loose weight, fatigue. For people with health anxiety when it's at its worst you start to worry something else might be wrong. No its not life threatening and most of us know that but even on the right medication you can have bad flare ups which then the meds don't help. It's brings you down as can make you feel ill for weeks if not months.

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