What is a Peptic ulcer?
A peptic ulcer is a term indicating an ulcer in your stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine into which the stomach empties). The cause of this ailment is a combination of nervousness, wrong food and individuals susceptibility.
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Some people, take life too seriously and are very tense. In such cases, the stomach is often affected. By this tension. The muscles become tight and the secretions are disturbed. This interferes with digestion. A tense outlet from the stomach becomes spastic and painful.
Over time, an ulcer develops. Sometimes this is in the stomach proper, but more often it is in the duodenum. The painful and sometimes bloody open sore it causes is called an ulcer. It may vary from a fourth of an inch in diameter to over an inch.
Symptoms of a Peptic ulcer
It is possible to have a peptic ulcer with no pain at all; however, typically the first thing you will notice is a pain or burning sensation in the epigastrium, which is just below the breastbone.
This symptom is relieved by eating food, but it returns within an hour. These symptoms may become worse for a while, then stop for some weeks, returning later to be repeated in the same manner.
The problem may also get worse between meals when you don’t have any food in your stomach. It could even wake you up at night.
Symptoms Besides Pain
CAUSES OF PEPTIC ULCER
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Treatment of Peptic ulcer
You’ll need to take them if your ulcer is due to H. pylori. These medications cure most ulcers caused by these bacteria, but it can be tough to get rid of H. pylori once and for all.
Sippy powders have been used, for many years and are found to be very effective. In recent years, however, it was found that these disturb the acid-base balance of the body; so a search was made for something to neutralize the acids in the stomach, thus eliminating this objectionable feature.
Aluminum hydroxide and aluminum trisilicate were found to be suitable. They can be given without fear of overdose. Outwardly ulcer patients may not appear to be tense, but inwardly they are.
This tension may be reduced by the use of 1/2 teaspoonful of tincture of belladonna every four hours to relax the muscle spasm; however, an objectionable feature of this remedy is that it tends to make the mouth dry, which limits its usefulness.
Miltown, largactil and other tranquilizers may be used two or three times a day to relax the general nervous tension during periods of special stress.
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The diet should be bland. The patient may follow a strict milk diet for a month, but usually, other bland foods such as;
- Strained fruits.
It essential that alcohol, tea, coffee, tobacco, and spices be discontinued. since they can make your belly hurt. You may want to try foods with probiotics (“good” bacteria) like kefir, miso, and sauerkraut.
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Complications of Peptic ulcer
There are three complications that may develop; two of them come without warning.
1. The ulcer may be near the outlet of the stomach and after a period of time scar tissues form and later contract so that this opening through which the food should leave the stomach becomes constricted.
If this happens you start to vomit on taking solid food. Only liquids can get through. In order to relieve your condition, a new opening must be made from the stomach into the duodenum. suddenly by your doctor.
2. You may suddenly vomit substances, resembling coffee grounds, mixed with fresh blood. This indicates that the ulcer has eroded into a blood-vessel and poured considerable blood into the stomach.
The patient should then be hospitalized, for there is little one can do for the patient at home except to put him to bed.
In the hospital, hypodermics can be given to stop the bleeding and the blood level can be checked periodically to see that it is being maintained at the proper level. Transfusions and possibly surgery may be necessary.
3. You may be hooked with a sharp abdominal pain you have not experienced before. The abdominal wall becomes tense. This is the result of the ulcer’s having eroded through the wall so that the contents of the stomach are being poured into the abdominal cavity.
Because the fluid is acid, it causes great pain. This is an acute emergency and operation must be performed at once, for if the condition exists more than a few hours unattended the person may not recover.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING
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- American Gastroenterological Association: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”
- American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”
- Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”
- NHS: “Stomach Ulcer.”
- Merck Manual (Consumer Version): “Helicobacter pylori Infection.”
- CDC: “Helicobacter pylori: Fact sheet for health care providers. (Updated July 1998.)”
- Cedars-Sinai, “Ulcers.”
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers,” “Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.”