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Posted by: P | 2004/11/10

Ulcers-symptoms-diet

What are the symptoms of ulcers?
What diet to follow when one has an ulcer?
If anger is a possible cause, advise on anger management.

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Dear P
The symptoms of ulcers include pain in the middle of the abdomen either when your stomach is empty or after eating, lots of winds and bloating, acid reflux, heartburn, etc. I trust that the dr is also treating you with proton pump inhibitors and antacids, plus antibiotics if you have Helicobacter pylori infection. If not, then discuss these medications with him/her again. One of the prime causes of ulcers, is stress (your anger is a manifestation of stress), so you need to find ways of dealing with stress that are more effective. I would suggest consulting a clinical psychologist who can teach you relaxing techniques and deep breathing exercises and help you come to terms with your anger. If you have an ulcer you can try eating 6 small meals a day, instead of 3 large ones: e.g. Breakfast fruit and cereal plus yoghurt and a beverage; teatime - wholewheat sandwich with cottage cheese or lean meat and a fruit, etc. Avoid all spicy and fatty foods, and all alcohol and gassy or caffeine-containing drinks (cola drinks) and cut down on coffee and tea. Some patients find that foods with an acid taste (oranges, lemons, pineapple, strawberries) and gas-producing foods (the cabbage family, raw onions and legumes) can also cause discomfort. This is an individual reaction, so it may help to keep a food diary and note down what foods cause YOU discomfort and then to avoid them. If you find it difficult to select a 6 meals-a day-diet, then do consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to sscharf@nhcltd.com or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area).
Hope you feel better soon
DietDoc

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