If you haven’t already read my brief summary of the most common types of gastritis, be sure to check it out here : Gastritis – Part 1: Common Types
But let’s look at the rare forms now.
A type D gastritis is in direct correlation with the gastrointestinal tract .
People suffering from conditions like Crohn’s disease, Morbus Whipple, Colitis Ulcerosa or irritable bowel syndrome are in risk of getting an inflamed stomach aswell.
Why? Because 70-80% of our immune system is in our colon . Beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacillus protect the body against pathogens, fungi(e.g. candida) or other sickening bacteria(e.g. e coli).
Naturally, the colon consists of both, good and bad bacteria. But if the balance is destroyed due to allergies, wrong diet, food poisoning, but mostly antibiotics, putrid bacteria can spread easily.This leads to a weak immune system and all kinds of symptoms from headaches to upset stomachs.
How do I treat it?
That’s the hard part, because every body reacts differently, but first of all, it’s utterly important to restore a healthy gut , that means ingesting good bacteria in form of probiotics.
Probiotics are only half the part, because in order to provide an intestinal milieu in which the good bacteria wants to stay in, it has to be fed with the right kinds of food.
Prebiotics are even more crucial. It only feeds good bacteria and derives in any form of insoluble fiber. That means it’s digests in the colon and not the small intestines, where 95% of the bacteria should sit in.
Fiber is not easily digested and can be especially painful to eat with an already inflamed stomach. I recommend buying inulin and slowly! it in the diet. Of course, having predispositions means having to adopt to foods tolerable by your body and not by suggestions of a doctor or any other person.
What would be detrimental is the use of proton pump inhibitors, because it furthers the reduction of essential stomach acid which kills off bad bacteria in the first place. Also a lower amount of stomach acid leads to a lower capability of digestion. Food stays longer in the stomach and can’t be broken down properly.
This type of gastritis flares up when the predisposition flares up , so keep in mind to treat yours as best as you can.
This is probably the rarest type of gastritis and derives from prolonged periods of heartburn . Conditions like GERD or ERD can be an indicator if they don’t subside through treatment.
Surprisingly, heartburn and gastritis are often caused not by having too much stomach acid, but too little . A use of antacids or ppi would just worsen the condition if that’s the case.
So, before popping any pills, try drinking one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water and see what happens. If belching is prominent and the pain increases it definitely means your having too much stomach acid.Drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda acting against the acidity.
But if nothing seems to happen or the pain even decreases, try concentrating on naturally boosting the stomach acid and taking digestive enzymes as well as pro- and prebiotics.
I’ve tried everything, but I’m not getting any better!
I feel you, because that’s basically what happened to me. What happens i I told you, something else entirely is causing your gastritis?
I thought I had a type C gastritis. I didn’t drink or smoke, didn’t eat any spices, only consumed easily digestible foods, took time to calm my nerves, took ppi, but months later nothing happened.
That’s because I have a form of gastritis caused by overly irritated nerves, especially the nervus vagus . Wait, what?
How do I know that?
I had an inference field analysis, exposing that my balance of sympathetic and parasympathetic signals by my brain is totally out of whack. My atlas is dislocated, probably constantly bruising my veins and arteries, signalling my stomach to produce excess amount of stomach acid and simultaneously slowing down my digestion.
And because I couldn’t eat enough, my energy levels dropped immensely leaving me in a state of chronic fatigue.
Right now, I am getting infusions containing all needed amino acids, minerals and vitamins two times a week in order to prepare myself for an atlas therapy.
What I definitely can say is the infusions shifted my pain. I rarely feel this burning sensation in my stomach anymore.
What I feel now is a stiff neck and an uncomfortable tightness in my upper back. I hope this means I’m on the right track and am able to get well soon.
Update July 2017: After a few osteopathic treatments my energy level has risen immensely and the tightness gone completely. My stomach is still inflamed, but I am confident it just needs time to heal.
*This post is based on research and personal experience. All products (if any mentioned) are bought and tried by myself if not written otherwise.