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Why You Need to Know About Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia

A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with gastric intestinal metaplasia (GIM), and you need to be in the know about it. The reason comes from a deep concern that there are things I’ve discovered about this disease that could impact anybody.

If you’re somebody who has a history of or is currently experiencing chronic acid reflux, digestive problems, and a lot of stomach aches, then you need to know about gastric intestinal metaplasia. Typically, the bacteria, helicobacter pylori is associated with the disease, but I don’t have that.

Since I became aware that I have long-haul COVID-19, I’ve been in repeated battles involving severe intestinal distress, inability to digest food, recurring acid reflux, and heartburn. Other unpleasant symptoms including vomiting have been also occurring. I’ll have episodes, that last for weeks, of constipation and a frozen digestive system. Those symptoms, little did I know, greatly impacted the mucosa or intestinal lining of my stomach.

I’m not just talking about basic stomach aches, rather, these pains are a combination of cramps, a burning sensation, and eating becomes difficult. After I eat a meal, I’ll notice my food struggling to make its way down my esophagus and into my large and small intestines. And, even after I eat a snack, I’ll feel unusually full or like I had just consumed a Thanksgiving feast.

Those symptoms alerted me that something was very wrong. But I had no clue and have never heard of chronic intestinal inflammation leading to stomach cancer.

Other symptoms I was having made it hard for me to go into public. I couldn’t sit in a one-hour group meeting without my stomach growling or sounding like a revving car engine. It was embarrassingly noticeable and I’ve had to limit

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