Peptic ulcer disease is among the prevalent gastrointestinal tract disease. It is usually associated with epigastric pains that could linger for days if not attended to. Peptic ulcer occurs as a result of sore in the stomach region, it could also be found in the duodenal region.
Peptic ulcer could be caused by H.pylori bacteria or excessive use of pain killers such as diclofenac. It could also occur as a result of stress. When the epigastric pain comes up, it usually affects ones quality of life.
Below are simple steps to manage ulcer pains
1. Maintain an healthy diet.
Let your diet consist of fruit that are high especially with vitamins A and C, vegetables, and whole grains. Lack of vitamin-rich foods may make it difficult for your body to heal your ulcer. Add foods containing probiotics like yogurt, aged cheeses, miso, and sauerkraut to your diet.
2. Reduce milk intake.
Before the invention of drugs used in managing ulcer, milk was believed to relieve and cure ulcer pain. Drinking milk sometimes will make your ulcer pain better, but then later cause excess acid which usually increases pain. Discuss with your doctor about drinking milk.
3.Try switching pain relievers.
Pain killers such as diclofenac, indomethacine are associated with causing ulcer. If you use pain relievers regularly always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist whether acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may be an option for you.
4. Reduce stress.
Stress may worsen epigastric pain which is a symptoms of a peptic ulcer. Track what is the the source of your stress and do what you can to address it. Some stress is unavoidable, but you can learn to cope with stress with exercise, chatting with friends or writing in a journal. Try to get enough sleep. Sleep helps your immune system and therefore counter stress. Also, avoid eating shortly before bedtime.
5. Stop smoking.
The side effects of smoking are numerous, smoking can interfere with the protective lining of the stomach, making your stomach more susceptible to the development of an ulcer. Smoking also increases stomach acid.
6. Reduce or avoid alcohol.
Excessive use of alcohol can worsen the effect of ulcer by irritating and eroding the mucous lining in your stomach and intestines, causing inflammation and bleeding. This is usually associated with severe ulcer pain.
Beside these simple steps, watch out for triggers that can worsen your ulcer and lead to pain. What is good for Mary might not be good for you.