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Does stress cause gastric ulcers and Stomach bleeding?

Stress alone is not a direct cause of gastric ulcers and bleeding. However, it can contribute to the development or worsening of gastric ulcers in individuals already susceptible due to other factors.

Gastric ulcers are often caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection or the chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. Other factors include excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Stress, particularly chronic or prolonged stress, can exacerbate existing ulcers by increasing stomach acid production and affecting the protective lining of the stomach. It can also slow down the healing process of existing ulcers.

Moreover, stress can contribute to behaviors that may aggravate ulcer symptoms, such as poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, or smoking.

It’s crucial to manage stress effectively through relaxation techniques, exercise, therapy, and a healthy lifestyle to help in the management and healing of gastric ulcers. If you suspect you have an ulcer or are experiencing symptoms like stomach pain, bloody stools, or vomiting blood, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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