The #1 way to relieve stomach ulcer pain is to take prescribed medicine. Prescribed medicine helps 90% of all stomach ulcers heal within 1 to 3 months of starting treatment. Ulcers that don’t heal within 1 to 3 months are called Refractory Ulcers and may be a sign of a more serious disease like cancer.

Relieve pain with small, frequent meals

  • Eating smaller amounts of food more frequently will help relieve pain fast.
  • Eat a good (small) breakfast. Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do. 

Eat a lot of fiber

  • A high-fiber diet rich in whole grains, mushrooms, legumes, fruits, and vegetable will help decrease the pain.
  • Add alkalinizing fiber rich foods like potatoes, cabbage, figs, papaya, kale, spinach, mustard greens, Swiss chard, winter squashes, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, lentils, split peas and persimmons.

Why stomach ulcers don’t heal

There are many reasons why stomach ulcers don’t heal. The number 1 reason an ulcer does not heal is because people don’t take their medications properly. They may skip doses, take too much or take too little of their medication.

If a stomach ulcer is caused by the bacterium Helicobactor pylori, the reason that it isn’t healing may be because the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic that you are taking.

In severe cases, refractory ulcers may be a result of extreme overproduction of stomach acid. Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is a condition that causes extreme overproduction of stomach acid.

Other reasons why stomach ulcers don’t heal are:

How to treat ulcers that don’t heal

If you are having difficulty healing an ulcer, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor will re-evaluate you and give you more treatment options. Some of the options your doctor might suggest are:

  • Eliminate all factors that may interfere with healing including stress
  • Take larger doses of medicines
  • Take additional medicines
  • Surgery (in severe cases)
  • Ask your doctor about CBD oil as an option

Question to ask your doctor about stomach ulcers

  • What causes my stomach ulcer pain?
  • What are emergency symptoms for me to go to Urgent Care?
  • How long will I have pain?
  • What foods should I avoid?
  • How do I know that it isn’t something more serious?
  • Can I have more tests to rule out cancer?

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