Ulcer at Work

The angst, treachery, ennui, hatred, jealousy, disdain, remorse-- It's as if Alfred Hitchcock had directed a PSA.....

And to think that we now know the condition is caused by a bacterium.

     Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 18, 2011
     Category: Medicine | PSA’s | Psychology | Stomach

You can tell where the ulcer came from within the first few moments; his wife won't let him drive!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/18/11 at 01:08 PM
Actually, bacterial ulcers and stress ulcers are two different things. Stress ulcers are harder to treat, since you can not rely on an order of antibiotics and mild food to cure it.
I actually have had stress ulcers, and had to go for bloodwork as well as the dreaded nasogastric tube. I tested negative for the bacterium, but still had the physical ulcers. Therapeutic sessions and stress management throughout one's lifetime are the only treatment for this type of ulcer.
Also, one should note that any amount of smoking as well as excessive alcoholic consumption aggravates ulcers, and can actually open an ulcer in anyone susceptible to ulcers.
Posted by MohawkWarrior on 12/18/11 at 03:49 PM
Thanks for the clarification, Mohawk.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 12/18/11 at 07:50 PM
I hope you are doing better now MW.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/18/11 at 09:19 PM
Mohawk...it appears that you are confusing physiological stress and psychological stress in your comment. Stress ulcers like Cushing's and Curling's are caused by specific PHYSICAL stress...not mental stress, so "therapy and stress management", if related to mental stress, is not going to help.

Here's a quote from an article regarding stress ulcers and their causes. "...The two main types of stress ulcers are Cushing's and Curling's ulcers, each of which is related to specific types of physiologic stress. Cushing's ulcer is generally seen in the lining of the stomach and is rarely found in the duodenum, while the reverse is true of Curling's ulcer. Cushing's, according to an article in the April 2008 issue of the Chinese Journal of Traumatology, most often is diagnosed in patients who have had some sort of traumatic brain injury. Curling's is seen most often in people who have suffered "burns, intracranial lesions or severe bodily injury," according to Mosby's Medical Dictionary...." Not that I doubt that you had ulcers, but I wanted to make sure than readers understood the differnce of the "stress" related causes, which was not clear in your comment.

Read more: Signs & Symptoms of Stress Ulcers | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5514630_signs-symptoms-stress-ulcers.html#ixzz1gx52W9gP
Posted by CaliJim on 12/18/11 at 11:53 PM
Yes, there are physical as well as psychological stress related ulcers, but I was only pointing out that there are more than just bacterial ulcers, and that the bacterial variety are usually more manageable. But it was good of you to cite Mosby's. There is alot of good information referenced there.
Posted by MohawkWarrior on 12/20/11 at 04:23 PM
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