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#1 sagar

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:21 PM

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.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.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, blood in the stool and anemia are other symptoms.

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#2 Michaelangelica

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 05:27 PM

I thought this problem has/had been solved with the Helicobacter pylori research?
Am I misinformed?

#3 Sandra Davis

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:08 AM

Thanks for the information!!
Most of the people suffer from acute stomach pain if they have Ulcer. You also get uncomfortable feeling in the stomach and less for food. I had this problem and I got over it by avoiding fried and spicy food with systematic intake of antacid tablets. Please indulge in a timely intake of lunch and dinner. Do not give too much gap in taking food. These where precautions which I took to get over the problem.

#4 Dr. TAMallick

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:47 PM

Thanks a lot to both sagar and Sandra Davis. sagar explanation of ulcer is really excellent, Also Sandra Davis suggestion very helpful for relieving from ulcer or gastric.

#5 LJP07

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:24 AM

Just for informative reasons, the conventional treatment for a stomach ulcer involves;

Omeprazole - This is a Proton-Pump Inhibitor (PPI) which essentially prevents acid production by interfering with the proton pump in the gastric parietal cells. These are commonly prescribed for ulcers and dyspepsia among other related conditions.
Clarithrymycin - This is an antibiotic of the macrolide class.
Amoxicillin - This is also an antibiotic of the penicillin class.

This OCA therapy may not be possible for patients who are allergic to penicillins, in which case treatment can be switched to Metronidazole...thus making it the OCM therapy regimen.

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