In addition to abdominal pain, many patients also report that gastritis also causes bloating of the stomach. The stomach may feel as if it is swollen, so to speak, or you may feel as if you have a sensation of constant fullness, even when you haven’t eaten. You might also notice that your abdomen looks as if it is swollen, particularly in the area right above your stomach – the upper left quadrant. Bloating can be a symptom that is associated with a number of conditions; for example, you may feel bloated when you are sick with a stomach bug or women may experience bloating around their menstrual cycle.
However, with these conditions, the bloating usually disappears over time; with gastritis, the bloating does not seem to subside. You might also notice that you feel more bloated after you eat a meal, and you may notice that any pain in your abdomen is more pronounced after eating. If you find that you are feeling bloated, especially if it is associated with abdominal pain, see your doctor as soon as possible.