3. Stomach ulcer (or peptic ulcer)
“Ulcers usually give you pain when your stomach is empty, as opposed to heartburn, which usually comes on after consuming certain foods,” Dr. Enns explains. In fact, ulcers tend to feel better after eating. Enns says that anti-inflammatory drugs, which are commonly taken for arthritis, headaches, and premenstrual syndrome, can cause ulcers. Helicobacter pylori bacteria may also cause some peptic ulcers (it disrupts the mucous layer that protects the stomach and small intestine). While it’s now known that stress doesn’t directly cause peptic ulcers, uncontrolled anxiety can exacerbate the condition. Prinsen notes that people with aggressive, type-A personalities, and those who tend to worry, are more prone to suffer from peptic ulcers. If you suspect an ulcer may, visit a healthcare professional for a simple diagnostic blood test. Medical doctors may prescribe an antibiotic or medication that helps protect the mucous lining. As a naturopathic remedy, Prinsen recommends powdered marshmallow root because he says it mimics the mucous the body should be producing naturally.