There's a lowly, but strong, bacteria.
Helicobacter pylori, more informally known as H. pylori, have
begun to create an open wound in the lining of your stomach or
duodenum. (The duodenum is the first part of small intestine. It's
connected to the lower end of the stomach.) A duodenal ulcer is
four times more common than a stomach ulcer, and they both are
referred to as peptic ulcers.
Your ulcer has begun to make its presence known with pain and
burning in the upper part of your abdomen.
The H. pylori bacterium accounts for almost
80 percent of all ulcers. People seem to pick up the bacterium as
In fact, H. pylori are present in almost 50 percent of adult
American stomachs, but that doesn't mean that everyone will
develop a full-fledged ulcer. No one knows why ulcers develop from
the bacteria in some people and not others, although stress,
smoking, and some foods may be a factor. Other than bacteria, the
other minor cause for ulcers is consistent use of aspirin and
Although ulcers aren't necessarily serious,
the pain of an ulcer is famous for waking its sufferer up in the
middle of the night. The discomfort is episodic, however. It lasts
for a couple of days or weeks and then goes away, but it always
returns. Ulcers sometimes grow so large or do so much damage that
they produce bleeding as well as lots of scarring. If you see
blood in your stool (it looks black) or have severe stomach pain
and a high fever, then you should go and see a doctor.
If stress is contributing to your ulcer,
relaxing music may help. --- Janalea Hoffman, R.M.T., a composer
and music therapist based in Kanas City, Missouri.
Suggested pieces: Deep Daydreams and Musical Massage (Janalea