So, I've been improving somewhat with the GERD but am now wondering if I might have a stomach ulcer. Pain above sternum/sternum, bloating and aching. No dark stools or anything, but I was curious as to if that matched up to symptoms. I'm not really taking any supplements now aside from a probiotic, and Now Super Enzymes. Any remedies for an ulcer?
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on June 26, 2012
at 02:40 AM
I am going to write something that people will think is crazy. I would also think it is crazy but I read at least two articles supporting it and strangely enough, it works for me.
I have tried many things to heal my stomach from gastric erosion. I had terrible pains after eating and my digestion was all screwed up. I found only one thing working and I am going to share it with you. I don't know if it is going to work for you or not (hope it does) but it worked wonders for me.
No raw onions, peppers, coffee, tea, chocolate, anything that might irritate your stomach.
No grains in any shape or form.
THE MOST CRUCIAL PART: Raw foods with every meal. If you have not had raw foods in a while, start with little steps. Raw peeled cucumbers. Raw bananas. Raw carrots if your stomach can handle them (I used to get stomach ache at first). DO NOT GRATE OR BLEND YOUR RAW FOODS. NO MUSHY STUFF. You have to bite from a whole piece and chew it very very well. CHEW FOR A LONG TIME. Do not eat only 100% raw food at first if you are not used to it. Gradually increase your raw food intake to only raw vegetables, fruits, raw nuts with cooked protein of your choice. Why? Raw foods will train your stomach to produce enzymes.
Plenty of water inbetween meals. I would say you have to drink more than usual, but not right after the meal. If you have H. Pylori, drink even more (one glass every hour). Water neutralizes stomach acid and H.Pylori can only survive in acidic environment. Do not drink water in one gulp, sip little sips to prevent kidney overload.
GOOD LUCK and let me know if you try it and how it is working for you.
P.S. I cannot take enzymes - they irritate my stomach, like raw onions. Cooked onions are okay.
on June 26, 2012
at 02:48 AM
Thanks, all! I will say that I experienced most of the pain immediately following an intense workout yesterday, and today after drinking some cold goat's milk kefir. I have some licorice (I know, I know! I initiated an article talking about the unhealthy aspects of licorice) which I now has scientifically been proven to treat ulcers. I might try that for a day or two.
Also, UncleLongHair: Can stress really cause ulcers? Mine is on the left side in kind of the area underneath the middle abdomen. I misspoke when I said sternum; that's the area that seemed to tighten up first but not where the ache and pain came from.
VB: I'm doing all that except the raw foods. I started with raw carrots yesterday and today just by happenstance, and I'm hoping that didn't trigger this!
Also, I don't know how much stock people on here put into candida albicans overgrowth, but I've been taking a candida cleanse formula for a couple of days; however, I started taking this Friday, and the irritation didn't start until Sunday. Would not the herbs have bothered me sooner? I'll stop this for a couple of days and see what transpires.
Thanks again, all!
on June 26, 2012
at 02:04 AM
If the symptoms are recurring and you are worried about it, go see a doctor. That said, I had peptic ulcers some years back (four of them to be precise). The location of the discomfort was not the sternum, rather an inch or two below my lower right rib cage, mine were in the area where the stomach empties into the duodenum, which I understand is pretty typical. I did have recurring GERD and that was definitely in the sternum region and the back of my throat, but the ulcers themselves were much further down the pike.
It is a long story but I ended up curing my ulcers by dropping coffee (not caffeine, but just coffee) for about 3 months. I suspect that the combination of gluten and caffeine was particularly problematic, I ate lots of gluten at the time. Also way too much stress, alcohol, Tylenol and ibuprofin.
It is worth going to the doctor since they can quickly test you for things like H. Pylori which is both common and easily treated. Most doctors won't spend more than 15 seconds on diet and lifestyle though, in my experience.
on February 24, 2013
at 07:50 AM
Having had 20+ years experience with ulcers, the best thing to cure it for a few years (until I mess up my diet and they come back) is Acupuncture. By far, acupuncture has been the most effective. It will cure the ulcer within 1-5 sessions, depending on how long I had let the ulcer get bad before visiting the acupuncturist.
Community acupuncture works well too. It is even cheaper than my doctor's co-pay.
And of course, until you get better avoid: Alcohol Smoking Gluten Coffee Stress Advil/Alleve/Aspirin Raw veggies (sorry VB, for me they set me back) Getting too hungry
One Chinese Doctor told me to drink a cup of black tea everyday (avoid green).