How Do I Know If I Have A Stomach Ulcer?
If you have had some of the symptoms of a potential ulcer and are doing research online trying to figure out if you need to go to the hospital or family clinic, or treat it yourself, here is some friendly real world advice..
Pickle Juice – It might amaze you and it isn’t 100% effective, but pickle juice may help tell you if you have an ulcer. Even though pickle juice is acidic outside the body, once it enters the stomach it becomes alkaline, and neutralizes the ulcer and may alleviate it’s symptoms within minutes. If you try eating a few pickles or drinking the pickle juice and your symptoms go away within minutes, chances are almost 100% that you have an esophagus or stomach ulcer.
There is some misinformation about pickle juice on the net, in an experience pediatrics department pickle juice is a real, inexpensive test.
You can also use this list below; if you are having stomach pains, vomiting, bloating or what feels like bad acid reflux, it may be a stomach ulcer related to the use of the following items..
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Overuse of NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, advil, etc..
- Too much red meat
- Deep fried foods
- Pepsi and carbonated beverage products
Many stomach ulcers are also responsible due to an infection of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
There are studies and advice from many different places online suggesting that stress does not cause ulcers, however we believe that eliminating stress on your life is a contributing factor. It could be stress fro your job, your relationship, financial stress or anything like that. Try to avoid stress as much as possible.
Good News About Stomach Ulcers From The CDC Website
Twenty-five million Americans suffer from ulcers. An ulcer is a sore or hole in the lining of the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). People of any age can get an ulcer and women are affected just as often as men.
- Your doctor can test you for H. pylori infection.
- Antibiotics are the new cure for ulcers.
- Eliminating H. pylori infections with antibiotics means that your ulcer can be cured for good.
Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach area lasting between 30 minutes and 3 hours commonly accompanies ulcers. This pain can be misinterpreted as hunger, indigestion or heartburn. Pain is usually caused by the ulcer but it may be aggravated by the stomach acid when it comes into contact with the ulcerated area.