Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by star273, Nov 28, 2008.
Has anyone ever had a bleeding ulcer??? What were the signs and what did they do to fix it??
I don't know, I assume surgery, but I worry about this all the time
So, bump for you
Maybe you need to call doctor or go to ER if you suspect this?
Usually dark stool is the bleeding. Some people get treated with various antiacids, the stronger stuff like aciphex.
Stomach ulcers have now been found to be caused by a type of bacteria, and are treated with antibiotics. My advice is to go see your doctor. Any blood loss through the rectum requires investigation.
..on what end the ulcer is at. Stomach ulcers you won't see bleeding from the other end as it is up so high. If there are bleeding ulcers in the upper GI, there will be black stools, or black sections to them due to the blood. If you see red blood it's large intestine / rectal bleeding and easier for them to find with a colonoscopy.
Licorice root is very good for treating and healing ulcers. You can get DGL if you dont want the blood pressure raising / cortisol retaining effects, but this is also useful for alot of CFS people. See below:
Indeed the infection H. pylori has been found to create ulcers. They usually use a "tri-therapy" of 3 types of antibiotics with an acid blocker as mentioned for a week or two, which generally kills the H.Pylori. It has also been said that licorice may help kill h.pylori, along with regenerating the ulcerated tissue. See the following exerpt from a site:
Natural remedies can banish ulcers safely and effectively... and stop them coming back
One of the most effective natural remedies is deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL). DGL is liquorice from which an ingredient called glycyrrhizin (which can cause high blood pressure and water retention) has been removed. (But can be very useful for low blood pressure. If this is the case use pure licorice root powder)
DGL has an amazing ability to heal ulcers - it stimulates the normal defence mechanisms against ulcer formation, increases the quality and quantity of protective substances that are secreted to line the digestive tract and there is some evidence that it inhibits the growth of the bacterium H pylori - and has compared favourably in clinical trials against the conventional anti-ulcer drug Tagamet (cimetidine) (Drugs, 1974; 8: 330-9).
Another study found that peptic ulcers were less likely to recur after treatment with DGL than after treatment with Tagamet (Gut, 1985; 26: 599-602). Chewable tablets of DGL appear to be more effective than capsules, and the recommended dose is 250 to 500mg 15 minutes before each meal and an hour before bedtime.
A natural resin called mastic gum, from the tree Pistachia lentiscus, has been shown to effectively eradicate H. pylori and even to kill those strains that are resistant to antibiotics (NEJM, 1998; 399: 1946). In one placebo-controlled clinical trial, a staggering 80 per cent of patients taking a gram of mastic gum a day reported an improvement in their overall symptoms. In the same trial, endoscopy (where a telescopic camera tube is inserted down the digestive tract) revealed that normal cells were replacing ulcerated areas in 70 per cent of those who had taken mastic gum (Clin. Exp. Pharmacol. Physiol., 1984; 11: 541-4). Mastic gum is available as the supplement 'Mastika', produced by Allergy Research Group. Take four 250mg capsules before bed.
Abdominal pain alleviated in just 10 days after taking Sano-Gastril:
A preparation called Sano-Gastril, produced by fermenting a soya bean extract with a special strain of the yoghurt-producing bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, has a buffering effect on stomach acidity and helps maintain normal levels. It also helps to heal and regenerate the ulcerated areas of the stomach or duodenum lining (Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 1987; 45: 432-6).
As an added bonus, the L. bulgaricus strain used produces a natural antibiotic that is lethal to H. pylori but harmless to the 'friendly' gut bacteria (Infection, 1990; 18: 9-13). In extensive clinical trials carried out by the manufacturer, 83 per cent of patients reported freedom from abdominal pain after using Sano-Gastril for just ten days, and an incredible 99 per cent of patients were symptom-free after one month. The recommended dose is two of the 1,500mg tablets three times a day, 30 minutes before meals.
Several other natural supplements have been shown to assist in healing ulcers or in killing H. pylori. Bioflavonoids such as quercetin not only inhibit the growth of H. pylori, but also have anti-inflammatory properties that help ease ulcer pain (Arzneim-Forsch. Drug Res., 1995; 45: 697-700; Naunyn-Schmeidbergs Arch. Pharmakol., 1980; 313: 238). The recommended dosage is 500mg of quercetin a day.
A peptic ulcer needn't dominate or ruin your life. The supplements listed above, together with the specific dietary and lifestyle changes recommended, can make sure your ulcer goes away and stays away for good.
Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Help Prevent And Overcome Peptic Ulcers
Drink 2 litres of water daily
Drink camomile herbal tea, which has a soothing effect on inflamed gut linings
Follow a high fibre, low carbohydrate diet - fibre aids ulcer healing but sugar prevents it
Eat a banana each day, to protect the stomach lining from acid attack
Eat cabbage or broccoli every day. These vegetables contain ulcer-healing compounds
Eat several small meals to prevent a large amount of acid being produced at one time
Avoid foods to which you are allergic, since allergies may be a factor in some ulcers
Drink coffee or normal tea
Include sugar in your diet in any form
Add salt to your food or eat salty snacks (except with low blood pressure/adrenals)
Regularly take aspirin or other painkillers
Let stress get to you, or eat when stressed
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