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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello; I am concerned with an unusual stomach pail that I am getting. I would describe it as very raw feeling, just below the rib on the right side. This is not a sharp pain. It can last all night and ease off after 6 hours. I get a funny feeling on the right side of my head during this. Not a head ache but kind of a throbbing. It goes away after a while. I am 58 and in excellent health. I have been consuming 5 to 6 coffee per day for the last six months. I have stopped this with the occasional coffee every other day. I have been taking taking acedofoflis. Not much change. Started using Zantac in the last few days which has improved things a lot. I have gone to my local Doctor with not much advice. He suggested I do a blood test . Is this possibly an inrritation from the coffee and quitting.
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here
User :   I am here
Doctor :   give me a min , let me read your query
Doctor :   when was the first time you faced with this problem ?
User :   Last XXX I had the same thing happen
Doctor :   do you smoke ?
User :   No
Doctor :   and zantac has helped you ?
User :   Yes, my stomach has gone from feeling irritated to reasonably ok within a day
Doctor :   do you consume alcohol?
User :   Yes, some beer and wine. On average, one beer a night. About a week ago, I was having a beer with dinner, several hours later, I got this problem
Doctor :   ok well from the history you have told me you have a strong symptoms that suggest it to be a peptic ulcer disease
Doctor :   and the best way to treat is diet modifications in which i can guide you
User :   Is there a specific test for this type of ulcer and what would cause this type of ulcer.
Doctor :   i am glad to begin with you agree you are consuming a lot of coffee .. yes you do need to cut down to 2-3 cups max a day
Doctor :   ulcers are caused by stress or by eating food with too much acid in it.
Doctor :   and also can be because of an infection
Doctor :   and some medicines can also cause them
Doctor :   Acid and other juices made by the stomach can contribute to ulcers by burning the lining of your digestive tract
Doctor :   Anti-inflammatory drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen are also culprits in causing ulcers
Doctor :   Antacids neutralize acid that the stomach makes you feel better thats what exactly zantac is doing for you
Doctor :   but you need good dietary modifications to work this problem completely
User :   I intend to not drink coffee as I feel there is an association here. How is this type of ulcer treated. I am not the type of person to worry and cause excessive acid to the stomach. I am in my own business and have been my hole life. My life is in balance emotionally. I did ask the Doctor I saw , could this be bacterial as I had a simialr problem in Brazil three years ago which I did go to the hospital and receive antibotics
Doctor :   this i believe is because of the lifestyle changes ... and not of a bacterial infection you had years ago
Doctor :   coffee is a huge factor
Doctor :   including alcohol
User :   Lets assume it is an ulcer. What do I do about this
Doctor :   you should avoid these few things for a while These include both regular and decaffeinated coffee, tea, chocolate, meat extracts, alcohol, black pepper, chili powder, mustard seed
Doctor :   banana is a excellent sourse
Doctor :   as it reduces the acidity in the body
Doctor :   please do go for a walk every time after meals
Doctor :   it helps in digestion
User :   When I saw the Doctor, he pushed on my stomach there was no specific pain. My stools are a normal color. How does a person know if H pylori bacteria is a problem
Doctor :   for that we have a specific test
Doctor :   called the breath test that can be done at any laboratory
Doctor :   and for that the treatment is taking antibioics
Doctor :   but first we always advise to change the eating habits and then one does gets relief
User :   I believe the Doctor i saw has recommended this
Doctor :   like Lime is valuable in ulcers. The citric acid in this fruit, together with the mineral salts present in the juice, help in digestion.
Doctor :   A tea made from fenugreek seeds in very beneficial
Doctor :   The juices of raw vegetables, particularly carrot and cabbage, Carrot juice may be taken either alone or in combination with spinach, or beet and cucumber.
User :   Does a ulcer heal on its own if changes to diet are made
Doctor :   yes because the stomach then gets time to heal when the irritants are not there
Doctor :   so the healing is faster
User :   I assume then if I start to make these changes immediately, I should see the benefits in the weeks to com
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   i am glad you have understood the problem and are already working by cutting down on your coffee intake
User :   One last question, I some times in my business receive stressful calls and sometimes I feel a slight pain where my stomach is hurting. Very slight, nothing severe
Doctor :   its all because of this problem only... you will feel it going away too
Doctor :   please do carry on taking zantac as prescribed by your physician
User :   Thank you, no further questions
Doctor :   i am sure you will get relief
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
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