Pain in the upper abdomen that is worse before meals and during the night might be due to a peptic ulcer. The major cause of ulcers is an infection of the stomach by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori...

FAQ: Do I have coeliac disease if my symptoms improve with wheat exclusion

Probably not. Dietary exclusions are often helpful in irritable bowel syndrome. Avoiding wheat is one of the most common beneficial exclusions. This is not usually due to wheat allery or damage to the bowel wall lining from wheat. Probably the benefit comes from reduction in wind formation and consequently less cramping pain from distension of a sensitibe bowel.


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