Inflammation of the stomach lining is often the cause of a burning stomach. This is often medically referred to as gastritis. If damage to the inner lining of the stomach exists, then you will feel a burning sensation when these damaged parts come into contact with digestive juices. The upper part of the abdomen is where the sensation will be mostly confined. The sensation is often accompanied by painful cramps, swelling and nausea. People often get a feeling of fullness after eating due to the burning feeling, resulting in a loss of appetite. Following are some of the most common conditions that give rise to this stomach problem:
• H. pylori, also known as Helicobacter pylori, is a type of bacteria that can cause a great deal of harm to the inner lining of the stomach. People who are most often affected by this type of bacteria are typically in childhood and it may then stay in their stomach throughout the rest of their life. This bacteria is essentially transmitted from one person to another through direct physical contact. Once it enters the stomach, it sits on the protective lining without causing harm. Once favorable conditions form, the bacteria then erodes off the lining tissue of the stomach, causing inflammation.
• If you get a burning sensation in your stomach immediately after eating, then the problem might be in the food that you consumed. Food allergies or food intolerances sometimes feel this kind of pain in the stomach after consuming a particular food that they are intolerant or allergic to. Eating contaminated food may also be a cause, meaning that this is often an early sign of food poisoning. In the case of food poisoning, the stomach burning pains are followed by other symptoms such as vomiting, fever, diarrhea and more.
• Certain medications, like anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve pain, used over a prolonged period of time can often boil down the stomach’s protective membrane and lead to gastritis. This problem can be aggravated by excessive intake of other substances such as abuse of cocaine, smoking or alcohol.
• Burning of the stomach can be a symptoms of many underlying health conditions, such as pernicious anemia, gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease and more.
• Another trigger for this problem can be severe mental stress. Trauma or any major surgery are physical stressors that can cause burning in the stomach as well.
• Patients suffering from cancer sometimes experience a burning sensation in thee stomach after undergoing treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.