Suffering with stomach symptoms?
Stomach pain can be distracting. Feeling nauseous or gassy can make daily activities like deciding what to eat or going out in public uncomfortable. Medicines do their part by providing short-term relief, but the pain can come back eventually. And, even if the discomfort is really bad, most of us end up suffering in silence or making excuses for the way we feel.
Relieving symptoms is usually the priority.
Medicines to treat stomach symptoms work pretty well. So, it’s easy to take some over-the-counter treatments and ignore what might be causing the symptoms. That’s what most of us do. But, take a minute and digest these facts:
Suffering with symptoms could damage your stomach.
There are a lot of stomach issues out there, and some of them can be serious. It’s a good idea to try and find out what might be causing your symptoms. After all, you might think it’s just heartburn or indigestion, but the real cause of the pain may be something you haven’t considered: an H. pylori infection.
- 30% of people with dyspepsia (indigestion) are actually infected with H. pylori.3
- 30% to 40% of the population in the United States are infected with H. pylori.4
- H. pylori infection causes more than 90% of duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of gastric ulcers.2
- Clinical studies have linked H. pylori infection to an increased risk for certain stomach cancers.*5
*Occurrence rates are undetermined for dyspepsia, 10-15% for ulcers, and ~1% for stomach cancer.6
Don’t suffer in silence… tell your doctor about your stomach symptoms!
Prepare for your next appointment by answering a few questions, then discuss them with your doctor to see if H. pylori is causing your symptoms.