To Request an Action Plan to address Ulcers Click Here
In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses the condition of indigestion, GERD, Ulcers and what you need to know to help yourself.
Click on any of the links to your right, or scroll down to read the full article.
Before you get into any of the "medical treatments," you will want to have a consultation and examination with Dr. Huntoon to determine the true cause of your digestive ulcers. You'll be happy you did.
What Is Peptic Ulcer Disease?
Peptic ulcer disease refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
What Causes Ulcers? Why Do I Get Ulcers?
No single cause has been found for ulcers. However, it is now clear that an ulcer is the end result of an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum. Ulcers can be caused by:
What Are the Symptoms of an Ulcer?
An ulcer may or may not have symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include:
How Serious Is an Ulcer?
Though ulcers often heal on their own, you shouldn't ignore their warning signs. If not properly treated, ulcers can lead to serious health problems, including:
Who Is More Likely to Get Ulcers?
You may be more likely to develop ulcers if you:
How Are Ulcers Diagnosed?
Your doctor may be able to make an ulcer diagnosis just by talking with you about your symptoms. However, to confirm the diagnosis one of several tests should be taken. First, your doctor may ask you to take an acid-blocking medication such as those used to treat heartburn for a short period of time to see if your symptoms improve.
If needed, your doctor may recommend a procedure called an upper endoscopy. It involves inserting a small, lighted tube (endoscope) through the throat and into the stomach to look for abnormalities. This procedure is usually given if you are having severe symptoms of ulcers.
Often, doctors will frequently treat without confirming the diagnosis using endoscopy. If the cause is not likely to be from NSAIDs, then it is very likely to be from H. pylori. Most doctors will now test for H. pylori and will treat specifically for that in addition to giving medications to reduce the symptoms.
How Are Ulcers Treated?
Though ulcers often heal on their own, you shouldn't ignore their warning signs. If not properly treated, ulcers can lead to serious health problems.
There are several ways in which ulcers can be treated, including making changes to one’s lifestyle, consulting with a Holistic Chiropractor, taking medication, and/or undergoing surgery.
Consulting with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to understanding all the contributing factors to remove and reduce nerve stress is appropriate when having Ulcers. Conservative care in an effort to avoid the addicting medications is warranted. Failure to do so may result in your condition becoming chronic and may lead to other health conditions due to a lack of proper resolution.
There is a new, ground-breaking technique called Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) which addresses a common underlying cause of Ulcers known as Meningeal Compression. This technique is currently only available through Certified Practitioners who have been trained in NRCT and who are listed on the NRCT Website at www.nrc.md Please go to this website and review the information and videos and locate a practitioner near you to help you see if this revolutionary technique can be the solution to your Ulcers.
Lifestyle Changes to Treat an Ulcer
To treat an ulcer, first eliminate substances that can be causing the ulcers. If you smoke or drink alcohol, stop. If the ulcer is believed to be caused by the use of NSAIDs, they need to be stopped.
As with any medication, certain side-effects are known and sometimes side-effects are not known. Since everyone is different, please consult with your medical doctor or pharmacist for any abnormal changes when taking medication. Taking medication to treat your symptoms, although it helps you feel better, it is not addressing the underlying cause and this may lead your condition getting worse or may lead to other concerns.
Ulcer medications can include:
Will Drinking Milk Help Cure an Ulcer?
No. Milk can make your ulcer worse. Milk provides brief relief of ulcer pain because it coats the stomach lining. But milk can also stimulate your stomach to produce more acid and digestive juices, which can aggravate ulcers.
How Can I Prevent Ulcers?
To try and prevent ulcers from developing:
If you have symptoms of an ulcer, contact your doctor.
Medicines Two Choices for You
Dr. Huntoon has lots of experience treating and solving this condition once and for all. Being able to address the underlying CAUSE is always prudent. Avoiding the Medical Treadmill of Treatment is important. Consider this before beginning any "treatment" being offered.
Consulting with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to understanding all the contributing factors to remove and reduce nerve stress is appropriate when having Ulcers. Conservative care in an effort to avoid the addicting and harmful medications is warranted. Developing a healthy life-style with proper guidance from your Holistic Chiropractor is the best prevention when considering how to approach your ulcer and your health.
Click the link for a description of this week's show and a link to the podcast from:
Advanced Alternative Medicine Center
Serving All Your Heath Care Needs ... Naturally!
Dr. Richard A. Huntoon