Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Peptic Ulcer

 

Overview

A Peptic Ulcer occurs, when the digestive acids damage the walls of the duodenum, stomach or any part of the gastrointestinal tract, creating painful lesions. Distension, flatulence, nausea, heartburn and constipation accompanied by burning and pain occur in the area where the ulcer is located.

 

Causes

Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may cause peptic ulcers if they are used for a long period of time. Other causes could include excessive consumption of alcohol, radiation therapy and physical injury. Peptic ulcers may also be a hereditary problem. Persons with arthritis and back pain who use NSAIDS on a long term basis may be prone to peptic ulcers. Diabetes may also increase the risk of the bacteria in the system that can in turn cause a peptic ulcer.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of peptic ulcers can be pain in the abdomen with a  burning sensation, pain two to three hours after eating, pain made worse by an empty stomach, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, belching, blood in the stool, vomiting blood, pain in the stomach during night.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will take a detailed history of the medical condition of the patient. The doctor can also perform a physical examination of the abdomen and the chest. A rectal exam may also be necessary. A blood test could be suggested to check for the bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers. If the symptoms are more serious, then the doctor may recommend other tests and procedures.

 

Treatment

A doctor will suggest certain medication to treat a peptic ulcer, and in serious cases they may suggest surgey. A naturopath may also recommend various changes to make or natural treatments to alleviate the symptoms. Meditation and Yoga as an alternative healing practice can be recommended to reduce levels of stress in the patient.



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