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Balancing Act: Stomach Ulcer Diet/Brain Injury Diet

by | Aug 13, 2014 | Brain Health, Brain Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Personal Experiences | 2 comments

stomach ulcer dietTwo weeks ago, I had severe stomach pain that felt like someone had put a hot metal poker in the right upper quadrant of my chest. Suddenly I remembered that in February I had experienced a similar pain that was not as severe that  was diagnosed as a duodenal stomach ulcer from H. Pylori bacteria. The pain in February was a five, this time the pain was a ten. I was doubled over in pain. I knew immediately that I had to change my daily routine to include an effective Stomach Ulcer Diet.

The Road to an Effective Stomach Ulcer Diet/Brain Injury Diet

With my severe allergies to antibiotics, I was keenly aware that this approach was not an option. Therefore, I was forced to figure out methods of treating and dealing with bacterial infection. I tried Tums and Pepto-Bismol, which kind of worked. After two days of severe pain and having to cancel on my patients, I decided to phone the gastroenterologist. She suggested Prilosec and Zantac. I asked her what foods I should be eating. She suggested I eat only rice and toast. I didn’t want to tell her these foods are not helpful to my brain injury and would cause me to have a foggy brain. As instructed, I took both medicines. Meanwhile, I remembered what foods I ate in February and immediately started changing my diet, eliminating all citrus fruits and nuts.

At 1 a.m., fourteen hours after I spoke with the doctor, I woke with the worse headache I’ve had in ages. I rarely have a headache unless I have a high fever, so my immediate reaction was to think about my brain tumor. All four neurosurgeons I had consulted with last October had said if I ever have a severe headache that means brain surgery immediately. I decided before reacting, I would go online and check out the side-effects of both Prilosec and Zantec. Sure enough, the number one side-effect was headaches. On one hand, I was so relieved, but on the other hand, I wasn’t sure what medication I should stop, and what I could take for my headache.

I immediately called the 24 hour pharmacy and was told to discontinue the Prilosec and take some Tylenol. Within an hour or so, my headache subsided. I was a happy camper, but still didn’t know what to do about my stomach pain.

I remembered what worked last February for a stomach ulcer diet and then did more extensive research. Below is the stomach ulcer diet that has worked for me.

The Diet

Home Made Yogurt with lots and lots of Probiotics. (I used a Probiotics Kit from Custom Probiotics)  + Black Strap Molasses + Wild Blue Berries. Papaya is the other fruit that I’ve been eating, but I’ve stopped all citrus fruits and nuts. I’ve been eating salmon, shrimp, chicken, sweet potato, celery, asparagus, beets with honey, spinach, and a Kale salad without the walnuts. I stopped eating my yummy black bean brownies that I love. I tried last night and regret that I did, so this is definitely removed from my diet until further notice.

So, I finally found a high protein stomach ulcer diet and brain injury diet that is both good for my stomach and brain, and allows me to function effectively during my 14 hour work day without any pain. To my own amazement I have not lost any energy and am thinking very clearly, along with this I’ve had NO pain, except for last night when I tried the brownie. Now I know, and will stay on this for the next few weeks even on my upcoming vacation. I will be careful to modify only one thing at a time, such as I did with the brownie, to see what foods really trigger the pain again, and avoid eating them until this infection truly gets out of my system. I sure hope the pain in my stomach can help you avoid this type of discomfort through my stomach ulcer diet (which is also brain-friendly)!


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