Helicobacter pylori and stomach ulcers

Helicobacter pylori, called H pylori for short, is a bacteria that is said to have affected 1/2 of the world.  In the US numbers are decreasing as more tests are being run when there pain in the stomach, thought to be ulcers are suspected.

Don’t be too quick to jump on the band wagon that you may have something terribly dreadful.   At the same time be sure to check with your doctor of choice when you suspect something is not right and pain is persistent and increasing.

Pain the abdomen can be caused by so many things;  constipation, gallbladder or liver dysfunction or many other issues.  Look for the symptoms below that may point to stomach ulcers.

  • An ache or burning pain in your abdomen – this can be from constipation or an acidic stomach but it is important to monitor the frequency and intensity.
  • Nausea – this is one symptom that is common to many diseases and issues because of the upset in the digestive tract.
  • Vomiting – again, vomiting, like nausea is tied to many concerns with the GI.  Vomiting that is not associated with other issues is something to keep an eye on when coupled with other symptoms.
  • Frequent burping –  this symptom is a little more specific when it happens regularly.  We all burp after a soda but if belching is a normal thing it is worth thinking about.
  • Bloating – bloating can be a sign that a food allergy is present; commonly a wheat or milk allergy.
  • Weight loss – don’t most people wish this would be their symptom but rapid weightloss, especially when one is not dieting is not a good thing.

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