I always thought of stomach Ulcer as something just simple and not worth the hype my colleagues call it. This is something many people suffer from and cope with on a daily basis. Many people out there are suffering from peptic ulcers (stomach ulcers). But they don’t really know what might have caused it. Or if there’s a total cure. Is it curable? Yes, it is. What most people do is to manage it.
People with stomach ulcers experience a lot of pain. The pain they feel is the only symptom many associates with it. However, there are more symptoms of a stomach ulcer, and it is important to know them.
What is a stomach ulcer?
Stomach Ulcer is the open sore in the esophagus, the upper part of the small intestine, or intestinal lining of the stomach. This happens when the stomach acid corrode the stomach’s protective layer, the mucus layer.
So when the mucus layer is damaged, the stomach cannot control the acid level again. It causes an increase in stomach acid.
Knowing the cause and some of the symptoms will help you a long way in managing your ulcer. It will also help prevent further damage to your stomach or intestinal lining. It is very good to take care of your ulcer because it can lead to bleeding which is life-threatening and can also lead to death.
What is the cause of ulcers?
There are different factors causing an ulcer. However, the most common one is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, popularly known as H pylori. The bacteria weakens the mucous layer of the intestine and stomach. This gives way for the intestinal acid corrode the stomach and intestinal walls. The bacteria causes inflation of the stomach.
What is the importance of the mucus layer?
The mucus layer helps to stabilize or regulate the pH level (acidic and alkaline) of the stomach. It also serves as a lubricant to the stomach walls.
So when the mucus layer is damaged it becomes difficult for the stomach to regulate the acid level. This will make the acidic level of the stomach rise. When it rises, you know what acid does, it corrode the stomach. The bacteria also contribute to the corrosion of the stomach. The activities of these bacteria weakening the stomach and intestinal walls further give room for increase in the acidic concentration.
How the bacteria (H pylori) gets into our stomach?
What most people don’t know is that these bacteria get into our stomach through several means. The most common source is through unclean water, food, and utensils. This bacteria might be present in the stomach at some point. But not at the level that can cause injury or harm to the stomach. They keep accumulating for years until it easier for them to start infecting the stomach. Causing sores
Other causes of Ulcer
Many people use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin for the long-term. This can also lead to ulcers. Most people use these drugs after a stressful day or hectic work for relief and even for sleeping. Most of these pain relief drugs and sleeping pills can lead to ulcers if they are used for too long.
Condition that aid ulcer development
Many people don’t eat on time. Does that cause an ulcer? Not really. It aids it when, after staying hungry for a long day, then the first food you take is acidic. When hungry, don’t take acidic food or carbonated drink on an empty stomach. When you repeat this habit for too long, you are at risk of getting ulcer. The drink reacts directly with your stomach. Don’t take on empty stomach always.
What is the consequence of the corrosion?
If left for too long, it can lead to internal bleeding which is life-threatening.
One problem of ulcer is that it keeps resurfacing no matter how hard you try suppressing or treating it. It is a huge challenge for many people. Some people think it’s not curable. Is it curable? When I said curable, I mean permanently not temporary. It’s not totally cured when it stops for a few weeks or months and then resurfaces.
Suffering from ulcers is not a good experience. There is a general saying that prevention is better than cure. Only those with ulcer knows the pain they go through, the discomfort and distress they pass through daily.
It is very important to take care of what you eat and how you eat it.
So in the next post, I will discuss more the symptoms of ulcer and nutrition. What most people don’t know is that without good nutrition, it difficult to manage ulcers. So what are the symptoms of ulcers and what type of food must you limit or avoid. We will discuss this in the next post.
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