(Closed) Stress ulcer. Any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Drink aloe Vera, do yoga, cut coffee and eat super bland, but the biggest part is dealing with the stress.What’s part of waiting is eating at you? Does SO know this?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had ulcers… I feel your pain.
Eat soothing foods, nothing acidic, no dairy, more fiber.

Regarding the endoscopy, can you set up a payment plan with your doctor or find a place that works on a sliding scale? Sorry if I’m mentioning something that you’ve already considered but this procedure will ensure you’re not profusely bleeding in your stomach.

As for the stress, I second the yoga. Find some calming strategies that work for you, and that you will do when you feel your stress coming on.

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

eating super bland helps a lot. But id suggest to get the test. I had all the symptoms of an ulcer and had started the medication and turns out i have something else that they are still attempting to diagnose!

Post # 8
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1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@AquaGrey8962:  Maybe talk to the receptionist or your family doc about your situation. They may know of a place you can go.

Don’t freak about the stomach cancer! But that is evidence you should have the endoscopy… It will rule out a lot of things… I have had many endoscopies and I never remember anything! They put me under completely- I remember the doc shooting me up and then passing out…

Definitely look into relaxation techniques, seems like those might serve you well anyway!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here’s some info on treating an ulcer with diet: http://www.drmcdougall.com/med_ulcers.html

As far as the stress, it sounds like you need to focus on you, 100% right now.  Whether it’s finding/indulging a hobby you love, exercising, meditating, journaling, etc, you need to find a way to minimize the stress.  And honestly, if you’re truly thinking about ending the relationship, start working on getting your finances in order, finding a place to live if that’s an issue, etc., so that that transition is less of a burden on you.  If the main source of your stress is your relationship, and it’s so bad that you are physically ill, then maybe it’s not the right relationship for you.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had an inflamed stomach lining and an inflamed esophegeus, which is treated much like a stomach ulcer.

First:  go on a “bland diet” immediately.  That was the only think that gave relief to me.  I was also on Protonix.  Also, eventually I switched to Omeprezole.  It’s similar in that it’s a PPI like Protonix, but it costs less, worked better for me, and didn’t give me headaches like to protonix did.

The bland diet took about a week to work, and it was an extremely painful week, but eventually it started working.  Immediately cut out coffee, tea, red sauces that are tomato based, sodas of all kinds (the carbonation is irritating), spicy food like peppers and onions, and citrus foods.  A few months down the road, you will slowly be able to add some of those food back in.  But some things (like coffee and sodas) still irritate my esophegus immensely so I still stay away from them.

I second the aloe vera gel. You can get it at Whole Foods or health food stores.  It doesn’t taste all that great, but I swear it soothed my inflamed esophegus…I could feel it soothing the burning as it went down.

The most important thing is the dietary change.  My doctor didn’t even TELL ME about the bland diet, she just put me on the protonix, so I continued to get worse and worse until one night I ended up in the ER with chest pains so severe, I thought I was having a heart attack.  It turned out that the pain was from my esophegus being so inflamed it was almost closed.  And that was WHILE I was on protonix.

Just eat mashed potatos (no garlic salt or anything), oatmeal, plain rice, bananas, and other easily digestible, low acid foods.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Edoscopies are expensive.  You will also have to have an anesthesiologist.  Even with my insurance, I ended up paying about $2,000 out of pocket.  That covered my 20% copayments to my regular doctor, my GI doctor for the initial visit, the GI doctor for the endoscopy/colonoscopy (you won’t need one of those, I needed one because I had so much inflammation in my upper GI, they wanted to check my lower GI as well), and the anesthesiologist’s payments.  So I wouldn’t recommend trying to do it without insurance unless you have about 5-6000 sitting in the bank.

On the other hand, peace of mind is kind of priceless, so it might be worth it to make payments for a year to have a GI doctor check you out.  They may ask you to pay up front though.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@AquaGrey8962:  don’t worry about the endoscopy.  I didn’t feel a thing, literally.  No gagging sensation at all.  I was completely out when it all went down.  While I was under, my GI doctor had to perform a balloon procedure to re-open my esophagus and I didn’t feel a thing, and truthfully, the “soreness” I was supposed to feel after that procedure was nothing compared to the burning I was already feeling.

So, don’t stress at all about that.  Your friend’s experience much be rare.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ulcers are not caused by “stress”.  60% are by a specific bacteria, h. pylori, 20% are caused by use of NSAIDs or aspirin, and the other 20% are caused by cigarettes or no known cause (statistics courtesy of medicine.net)

Protonix, while a wonderful drug, takes some time to “kick in”.  Time meaning WEEEKS.  There is an over the counter drug in the same class called “Prilosec” (generic name omeprazole) that you can try that is cheaper than Protonix, but it also takes a while to get the full effect.

There is another class of drugs that aren’t as potent as drugs like Protonix.  They are available over the counter and the class is the H2 antagonists.  Brand names are Pepcid and Zantac but generics are available.  They aren’t as “strong” but if you’re not going to pay for Protonix, they are better than not taking anything at all.

Most physicians will let you may payments on a sliding scale.  That’s something you need to discuss with the billing office.

Chances are it is NOT stomach cancer.  But you still want to treat whatever it is.  You don’t want to cause more problems by not treating this.

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