Maybe I am presuming too much, but I am guessing that a doctor told you that you have an ulcer. At that point it was their responsibility to inform you how to handle this problem, and answer all of these questions. I suggest writing these all down, and going back to your doctor, and demanding answers.
Many doctors tend to only give you information when you ask direct questions. You have two options. Either make the doctor do his job, or if you don't feel comfortable giving a doctor orders, find one who does this without prompting. This should be automatic, but sadly is not.
I always find it disturbing when people with health issues find demanding a doctor do their job more frightening than asking complete strangers with no training for answers. What else are doctors for?
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Seconding (thirding, fourthing) the advice to talk to your doctor, who can give specialized advice. A friend recovering from an ulcer was advised to not eat anything acidic or hard-to-digest (i.e. red meat), and at the same time was trying to add weight as he was losing weight dangerously quickly due to other health issues (cause, not effect, of the ulcer). He was able to work with his doctor and a dietician to find a good balance, but I remember how worrisome it was for a bit, and how before talking to the dietician he ended up eating the same foods over and over out of fear of pain or making it worse (and you can only get so many calories from skinless chicken breast).
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1 8/12/13 5:34 P
Stomach ulcers, if not treated properly can be a cause of stomach cancer. It is important to consult with your doctor about the extent of your condition. He/she will tell you if you can treat it with a diet only or should you have a surgery. I would say - follow their advice. If you can treat it with proper diet, just remember that it is important to eat in small quantities, often and all meals should be easy to digest. Room temperature and creamy consistency are the best (at least in the beginning). Try to adopt European meal schedule (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert, supper). All meals are small and filling but not over-eating. The last meal should be at least two hours before you go to bed. Keep this diet at least for the time when you take the antibiotics. One more tip: When certain food causes you pain, avoid it but also keep the light and easy to digest rule when you cook. No sodas, no caffeine, no cigarettes, no fat (in the beginning at least), minimal amounts of very mild spices (if you really have to use them). I have a list of foods to avoid and to eat. Email me privately if you want it. Good luck.
3/7/13 9:41 A
I agree with the previous poster. Your doctor would be the best one to ask about this.
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