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stomach ulcer?


if you go to the hospital to see if you might have a stomach ulcer how long would it take them to give you results?do you have to stay overnight?would i need to take any time off from work to recover?
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Hi SexyGurlie

If that is the issue then here is how to heal it.

Quick Action Plan for Peptic Ulcer

1. Avoid all sugars, refined carbohydrates, sodas, milk and dairy products, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame), corn syrup, alcohol, white bread and white flour products, pastries, and hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils, as well as all foods to which your are allergic.
2. Emphasize organic, fresh vegetables and non-citrus fruits, organic grains, as well as organic, free-range meats and poultry and wild-caught fish.

3. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

4. Miso soup and strained vegetable broth, made from cooking down a variety of organic vegetables, are healing and easy to digest, making them especially valuable for any digestive problems.

5. To reduce symptoms, eat small meals throughout the day, rather than following the traditional three large meals per day routine.

6. Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help repair the lining of the stomach and intestines. The best herbs for this are Echinacea and goldenseal, aloe vera, cayenne pepper, chamomile, licorice root, and slippery elm.

7. Therapeutic juices include raw cabbage juice by itself, or mixed with either carrot or celery juice; raw potato juice; wheatgrass juice; carrot, spinach juice; carrot juice; carrot, beet cucumber.

8. Soothing baths two to five nights a week can help to relieve symptoms.

9. If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress.

10. If you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, consider replacing them with safer, more effective natural remedies.

11. Nutritional supplements include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and zinc, taken with a multivitamin/multimineral formula. Essential fatty acids, especial omega-3 oils, are also recommended, as are bismuth and the amino acid L-glutamine. Linseed oil can also be effective. It can be added to salads or over drizzled lightly steamed vegetables.


Best of health to you  (+ info)

Stomach Ulcer?


my doctor says they have to check my stool for blood becuase i might have an ulcer from overdosing on advil. i dont see any blood and there is no vomiting but i am very nauseus and im not very hungary and my stomach HURTS!!! especially after i eat..are there signs of an ulcer?
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You've posted several questions about pain and problems after several overdoses (and I can only assume they're deliberate).... I don't think Yahoo!7 Answers is the place for you.... I think you need to see a psychiatrist.

I'm not sure why your doctor thinks you have a bleeding ulcer. If it were, you would probably have signs of anaemia, be vomitting up small amounts of blood (fresh mixed with old blood - looks like ground coffee), or your poo would be darker. Classically you would have malaena - poo that is black, tarry and disgustingly foul-smelling (it's because the red cells 'get digested' down the gastro tract and the blood products really smell). But it all depends on the amount of blood and rate of blood loss.

Really though, not all ulcers bleed and if it's causing you heaps of indigestion problems your doctor should be organising an endoscopy or something. And you should also get a prescription for a proton pump inhibitor (like nexium) or a H2-antagonist (like zantac - you can usually get them over the counter, but aren't as effective as PPI's).

Avoid smoking, certain foods which exacerbate it (like maybe alcohol, spicy foods). And for goodness sake, stop overdosing on non-steroidals. If you need pain relief for anything, take paracetamol instead - but if you think you're going to OD on them... just avoid unneccessary drugs all together.
Seriously, get some help... I think youve got bigger issues than this ulcer.  (+ info)

Stomach ulcer?


hello
i really need some help, the past few days ive been getting a werid feeling in my stomach, i cant explain, its like a tight feeling, and some burning feeling, i am really worried right now that i may have a stomach ulcer, and im wondering are they serious?ive read on the internet that they can be cured by some medicines?
please reply
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Hi. You need to start from the beginning; examine what you've been eating, and what's been eating you! You may be having gastritis, or irritation of the stomach lining, which can happen from something not agreeing with you, too much caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or spicy food, or from stress increasing your stomach acids. Try cutting back on irritants and eating a mild soft diet for a few days; also, make sure you're sleeping properly and try to cut back on your life stress. Take deep breaths! If you are still having this problem in a week or two, call and get an appointment to be examined; a doctor may prescribe you something to help you relax, or for the stomach acid, if it is needed. Many ulcers can be healed with rest, diet and medication, but some can't. I hope your problem is something simpler!  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of a stomach ulcer?


What are the symptoms of a stomach ulcer?
What is the difference between the symptoms of a stomach ulcer and not just an upset stomach or indigestion?
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Hi Jany.

WHAT IS A STOMACH ULCER ?

A stomach ulcer (also called a peptic ulcer) is a small erosion (hole) in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common type,

duodenal, occurs in the first 12 inches of small intestine beyond the stomach. Ulcers that form in the stomach are called gastric

ulcers. An ulcer is not contagious or cancerous. Duodenal ulcers are almost always benign, while stomach ulcers may become

malignant.

Stomach ulcer disease is common, affecting millions of Americans yearly. The size of a stomach ulcer can range between 1/8 of an

inch to 3/4 of an inch.

Stomach Ulcers may be a symptom of another disease or condition. Stomach ulcers are often common in mastocytosis. Bleeding from

stomach ulcers may cause iron deficiency anemia.

WHAT CAUSES STOMACH ULCER ?

The direct cause of peptic ulcers is the destruction of the gastric or intestinal mucosal lining of the stomach by hydrochloric

acid, an acid normally present in the digestive juices of the stomach. Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is thought

to play an important role in causing both gastric and duodenal ulcers. Helicobacter pylori may be transmitted from person to person

through contaminated food and water. Antibiotics are the most effective treatment for Helicobacter pylori peptic ulcers.

Injury of the gastric mucosal lining, and weakening of the mucous defenses are also responsible for gastric ulcers. Excess secretion

of hydrochloric acid, genetic predisposition, and psychological stress are important contributing factors in the formation and

worsening of duodenal ulcers.

Another major cause of ulcers is the chronic use of anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin. Cigarette smoking is also an

important cause of ulcer formation and ulcer treatment failure.

Personal story about battle with stomach ulcers.

STOMACH ULCER SYMPTOMS

The major symptom of an ulcer is a burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach area that lasts between 30 minutes and 3 hours. This

pain is often interpreted as heartburn, indigestion or hunger. The pain usually occurs in the upper abdomen, but sometimes it may

occur below the breastbone. In some individuals the pain occurs immediately after eating. In other individuals, the pain may not

occur until hours after eating. The pain frequently awakens the person at night. Weeks of pain may be followed by weeks of not

having pain. Pain can be relieved by drinking milk, eating, resting, or taking antacids.

Appetite and weight loss are other symptoms. Persons with duodenal ulcers may experience weight gain because the persons eats more

to ease discomfort. Recurrent vomiting, black stool, blood in the stool and anemia are other symptoms.

WHAT DOES A STOMACH ULCER AFFECT ?

The main thing that a stomach ulcer affects is the nerves surrounding it. The nerves become agitated and cause a great amount of

pain. However, stomach ulcers can cause hemorrhages from the erosion of a major blood vessel; a tear in the wall of the stomach or

intestine, with resultant peritonitis; or obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract because of spasm or swelling in the area of the

ulcer.

STOMACH ULCER STATISTICS

1. About 20 million Americans develop at least one stomach ulcer during their lifetime.
2. Stomach ulcers affect about 4 million Americans every year.
3. More than 40,000 Americans have surgery because of persistent symptoms or problems from ulcers every year.
4. About 6,000 Americans die of stomach ulcer-related complications every year.

RISKS OF DEVELOPING A STOMACH ULCER

• Family history of ulcers
• Smoking
• Excess alcohol consumption
• Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin) or corticosteroids.
• Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
• Improper diet, irregular or skipped meals
• Type O blood (for duodenal ulcers)
• Stress does not cause an ulcer, but may be a contributing factor
• Chronic disorders such as liver disease, emphysema, rheumatoid arthritis may increase vulnerability to ulcers

Take Care. Regards.  (+ info)

How can you get rid of a stomach ulcer quickly?


I have one that has been making me vomit all the next day after I drink. No matter what I drink or how much. It is miserable. I want to be able to enjoy some drinks every now and then but this stomach ulcer just won't allow it. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it?
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First things first - With all due respects, there is no such thing as bland diet for ulcers. This age old notion of giving a low-fiber diet based on bland foods such as milk, toast, crackers, poached white fish etc. has long been since discredited as no therapeutic benefits from it were reported. Instead, now the emphasis is on letting people with ulcers eat a normal diet and judge for themselves if certain specific foods cause them trouble. These then could be isolated form the diet and rest continued. In fact, very general and continued alteration of the diet will obviously lead to many deficiencies (of essential nutrients) as it is only a well balance diet that provides your body not only with proteins, fats, carbohydrates but also nearly all the essential nutrients (minerals and vitamins) so badly needed by you for the efficient functioning of all the vital organs.

http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/p/pepticulcer.htm

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria and proton pump inhibitors or histamine receptor blockers to prevent the stomach from producing too much acid. If H.pylori is detected, then a course of antibiotics together with a drug that protects the stomach lining and prevents too much acid production is called triple therapy.

However, these medications can bring about some harsh side effects such as diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, nausea and interfere with liver function. In men, certain side effects of medication may lead to breast enlargement and impotence. In some cases, surgery may also be required.

Fortunately, herbal and homeopathic remedies can safely and effectively prevent the recurrence of ulcers and other digestive disorders. A well known herb for digestive health is Matricaria recutita, (German Chamomile) which contains anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and calming properties.

Other herbal ingredients such as Filipendula ulmaria and Ulmus fulva are extremely effective in reducing pain and irritation while also protecting the digestive tract and reducing stomach acid secretions. In addition, Sutherlandia frutescens has been used for thousands of years to treat chronic and acute digestive complaints and also acts as a potent tonic.  (+ info)

How long does it take for a stomahc ulcer to destroy your stomach?


In other words, how long does it take before a stomach ulcer completely perforates your stomach? Amazing how I can't find this on google...
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It totally depends on the circumstances. It could get eroded away quickly by bacteria, it could be eroded quickly by alcohol or NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen, stomach acid, etc. It depends on if its being treated. Too many variables to determine a timeframe in general. Every case would be different.  (+ info)

What are some causes of my ulcer and stomach sores?


I had an endoscopy and they found and ulcer in my esophagus and tons of tiny red sores in my stomach. I tested negative for H.pylori. The doctor ruled out acid as being the main cause. What could be causing the ulcer and sores besides acid?
I have very high anxiety/stress. I am not bulimic and have not thrown up at all in a long time.
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What is the best natural cure for a stomach ulcer?


I have a perpetual pain in my stomach and I know it is an ulcer as it is consistant of one. I have been to the doctors and it is priscriptions after priscriptions. How best can I cure this myself?
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Well, DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice) is very beneficial for helping with ulcers and helping to soothe the esophagus, stomach, and intestinal tract. Obviously, checking with a doctor would be your best bet, but there are a lot of people that get a lot of benefits from that. Good luck!  (+ info)

What are the signs and symptoms of a stomach ulcer?


For a while now, I have been lactose intolerant; but i still eat dairy almost daily, and it usually just causes me to have diarrhea. More recently, every time I eat something(especially a large meal) I get terrible stomach pains. Also, I used to be able to drink quite a bit of alcohol, and have nothing happen.. but now if I even have one or two drinks, my stomach is in such severe pain, I can't drink. Could this be a stomach ulcer?
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Sounds like it could be. Having one myself, I can at least tell you that I get the raging fire gut when I eat too much or eat anything remotely acidic. Vomiting is a common symptom too, even after eating non offensive, bland foods. All you can really do is see a doctor because this is not something that will go away by itself.  (+ info)

What can I take to relieve my pain caused by a stomach ulcer?


I feel like certain pain killers might contribute to the problem.

The stomach ulcer was caused by a prescription pain killer called Naproxen. I've had the ulcer for a few days, it hurts sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. I'm taking Prilosec OTC for 14 days to treat it, is this a good idea? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Several natural medicine possibilities:
Acidophilus (yoghurt or capsules)
Aloe vera juice
arcenicum album
chamomile
gentian root
hydrotherapy
licorice root
nux vomica
propolis
protein enzymes and
quercitin
Quite a lot to choose from, your pharmacist should br able to advise dosage or refer to source material  (+ info)

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