Upset by your stomach?

Burning. Belching. Bloating.

Burning. Bloating. Belching.

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:

  • Up to 40% of adults in the United States suffer from dyspepsia (indigestion) each year, but less than 10% ever see a doctor about it.1
  • 500,000 to 850,000 new cases of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) are diagnosed, and more than 1 million ulcer-related hospitalizations happen each year.2

Up to 40%
of adults in the
United States
suffer from
indigestion.1

Less than 10%
ever see
their doctor
about it.1

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 root 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 causes more than 90% of duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of gastric ulcers.2

Don’t let your stomach symptom culprit get away!

Prepare for your next appointment by answering a few questions, then discuss them with your doctor so you can rule out the H. pylori suspect.

References
1
Loyd RA, McClellan DA. Update on the evaluation and management of functional dyspepsia. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(5):547-552. Review. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p547.html. Accessed Oct 10, 2014.
2
Helicobacter pylori. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. http://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/files/hpfacts.pdf. Accessed Oct 10, 2014.
3
Ables AZ, Simin I, Melton ER. Update on Helicobacter pylori treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2007;75(3):351-358. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0201/p351.html. Accessed Oct 10, 2014.
4
Chey WD, Wong BCY; Practice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. American College of Gastroenterology guideline on the management of Helicobacter pylori infection. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007;102(8):1808-1825. http://s3.gi.org/physicians/guidelines/ManagementofHpylori.pdf. Accessed Oct 10, 2014.

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