“Memories are the treasures that we keep locked deep within the storehouse of our souls, to keep our hearts warm when we are lonely.”– Becky Aligada

Cause and Effect

I’m afraid I got so busy lately and even forgot posting here. A month? Yeah, almost. I’m so stressed! Gosh, and I always end up being late on my classes.

Why? My Gastritis attacks every night in the middle of my sleep. The first time I discovered about it was when I was in my Senior year in High School.

Reason: I love eating dirty street foods.

All of us thought that after being hospitalized for a week, it would stop pestering me and it will stop there.

Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation or erosion of the stomach mucosa. Gastritis is not one disease but a group of conditions, which are characterized by inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Gastritis can broadly be divided into acute gastritis and chronic gastritis.

Cause:

Bacterial infection

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) that live deep in the mucosal layer, which coats the lining of the stomach. Although it’s not entirely clear how the bacteria are transmitted, it’s likely they spread from person to person through the oral-fecal route or are ingested in contaminated food or water. H. pylori infection frequently occurs in childhood and can last throughout life if untreated. It’s now known to be the primary cause of stomach ulcers and is a leading cause of gastritis. Long-term infection with the bacteria causes a widespread inflammatory response that leads to changes in the stomach lining. One of these changes is atrophic gastritis, a condition in which the acid-producing glands are slowly destroyed.

Stress:

Severe stress due to major surgery, traumatic injury, burns or severe infections can cause gastritis as well as ulcers and stomach bleeding.

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My acute gastritis was never cured, it has always been there. I only feel the pain more now because of both emotional and physical stress. That I Psychologically make it worst. That I can’t simply admit that I’m not yet ok. Aside from that, the pain came back since I started eating at the school’s cafeteria. No offense, but my tummy is really sensitive with food and water. Though I love eating street foods, I end up vomiting everything I ate.

I used to eat at fast food chains, it’s clean and safer. But because of my schedule, eating lunch with my best buddies is really impossible.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back to the hospital and will undergo observations… again. Hoping that I wont be confined.

Lesson learned: “careful with what you eat. though its a food, it doesnt mean nor guarantee that it is safe. be aware of what you put in your mouth.”

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