In people who have gastritis symptoms, pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen is the most common.
- The pain is usually in the upper central portion of the abdomen (the "pit" of the stomach).
- Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to "go right straight through" a person as it travels from the belly to the back.
- People often use the terms burning, aching, gnawing, or sore to describe the pain. Usually, a vague sense of discomfort is present, but the pain may be sharp, stabbing, or cutting.
Other symptoms of gastritis include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly
In more severe gastritis, bleeding may occur inside the stomach.