There are some natural ways to cure and get rid of stomach ulcers. Even these home remedies can be the primary part of the major treatment plan. And fortunately, the treatment for this kind of digestive problem is often successful. If you stick with your treatment plan but the pain or other symptoms still persist, there may be another cause of the symptoms.
Are stomach ulcers dangerous?
They may come and go or become a chronic condition if left untreated. In other words, they are more likely to come back and reoccur if untreated. The major possible cause of stomach ulcer is the infection of bacteria called H-pylori. But don’t worry – this kind of infection can be cured with the appropriate treatments!
Overall, it’s important for all patients with stomach ulcer to have a completely treatment. Again, incompletely treatment increases the chance of the disease to reoccur – as noted before. And this may also increase the risk of some of the following complications:
- Scar tissue that can be potential to block the passageway of the food leading from the stomach to duodenal (the first part of small intestine) – this is sometime called gastric outlet obstruction.
- If left untreated, the infection or inflammation from an ulcer can be potential to create a hole through the stomach’s wall – this is medically called perforation.
- Some internal bleedings may also occur. This may be only a mild bleeding that causes anemia or a severe bleeding that should be treated promptly such as with a blood transfusion.
What to do for stomach ulcer pain?
In fact, abdominal pain is the most common symptom that often reported by patients with this kind of digestive problem. And therefore, relieving the pain is one of the major goals from the treatment plan. It is usually treated along with other symptoms.
In general, there are two major options of the treatment; medical intervention and some lifestyle changes to eliminate the chance of infection to reoccur. If the disease is caused by an infection of bacteria ‘H-pylori’, you need to take some antibiotics to cure the infection.
Other major steps of the treatment include:
- Medical intervention to block the production of acid in the stomach. As well we know, excessive acid in the stomach is one of the reasons that can trigger the infection or a painful open sore in the wall of gut and stomach. For this reason, your doctor may need to prescribe some drugs that can help block the acid production. However, there are also some side effects of these drugs. Some of them may cause spine, hip, or wrist fracture in long term. Therefore, you may need to also take some calcium supplements to eliminate these side effects.
- Depending on how far of the impact of acid for the open sore in the stomach, doctor may only need to reduce the production of acid in the stomach. For this option, there are several choices and H-2 ‘histamine blockers’ are one of commonly used to reduce the amount of acid released in the stomach and digestive track.
- Doctors also can prescribe some antacids that have function to help neutralize acid in the digestive track. They are not only helpful to restore the balance of acid in the stomach but also can help relieve the pain more quickly. However, the use of antacids also can cause some side effects, such as diarrhea and constipation – depending on the ingredients of antacids.
- And then to reduce the risk of developing further damage or recurrence of inflammation /infection for the second time, the treatment plan is usually also focused on how to protect the lining of your stomach. For this goal, doctor may prescribe cytoprotective agents (medication that help give extra protection for the tissues /lining of stomach and small intestine).
How long does it take to get rid of an ulcer?
The answer varies, depending on the severity of the ulcer itself or the kind of treatment that you take. While some patients say that they cure the problem for only about a couple of weeks, others need to take about a month, several months, or even almost one year.
Furthermore there is also a chance for the treatment fails to work, though most cases of stomach ulcer can be treated successfully after initial treatment – as noted before. For severe symptoms or if they don’t improve with the treatment plan as prescribed, doctor can ask you to take other tests (like endoscopy) to find a clearly diagnosis of actual reason of your symptoms.
While some symptoms of stomach ulcer may signal other less mild health condition (such as spastic colon or much more familiar called as irritable bowel syndrome), they may also point to certain serious health problem (such as cancer of stomach in very rare cases).
The following are some reasons that may lead to the failure of the treatment:
- Taking certain pain relievers that increase your risk of having recurrence ulcer.
- Abusing tobacco, or you keep smoking (cigarette smoking) if you are a smoker.
- If the reason of your stomach ulcer is the H-pylori infection, you need to know that there are also some cases of this infection that are resistant to medication with antibiotics. For this case, your doctor can consider using some different antibiotics that work best.
- Improperly taking your medications as prescribed.
According to Mayo Clinic, other less common reasons of why the disease doesn’t heal with treatment (this condition is medically called as refractory stomach ulcer) are:
- The existence of other health problems, such as Chron’s disease and stomach cancer.
- The existence of another infection (other than infection of H-pylori bacteria).
- The existence of a health condition that cause over production of acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Some home remedies /naturally ways to get rid of stomach ulcers
In line with the treatments of some medical interventions, doctor usually ask patient to follow some of the following lifestyle changes and home remedies:
Eliminate all factors that can trigger the disease to reoccur!
If you have bad habits of drinking alcohol too much a day or smoking (cigarette smoking), you need to leave these habits. Doctors also often say that some pain relievers can increase the risk of reoccurring ulcer. Because of this reason, if you are taking any pain reliever regularly, make sure it doesn’t affect your ulcer!
Why you need to avoid cigarette smoking and avoid /restrict the alcohol intake?
Some studies found that smoking may affect the performance of lining that protect the stomach and small intestine against acid. Furthermore, cigarette smoking also can contribute to cause the over production of acid. And then for alcohol, it can be potential to irritate the lining of intestine and stomach (particularly if consumed too much frequently)!
Keep on with your good stress management!
Though it’s clear that most cases of the problem is linked with H-pylori infection, but many experts still believe that uncontrolled stress also has a significant contribution! So, it’s important for all patients to manage their stress level as well during and after the treatment!
Keep sticking with a healthy diet!
Some people say that avoiding spicy foods can help. Although this opinion is still debatable but many doctors agree with it! Moreover, full your diet with a lot of healthy foods, fiber, and other essential nutrients that can help your digestive system work better! Don’t forget to get or drink plenty of water a day to keep hydrated, because water is essential component to support your digestive system to keep functioning optimally!