Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers (Peptic Ulcers)
A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach or the first part of your small intestine (duodenum); it’s called a gastric ulcer if it’s in your stomach, and a duodenal ulcer if it’s in your duodenum.
What causes peptic ulcers?
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can damage the mucus that protects the lining of your stomach, and over-the-counter pain and fever medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can cause ulcers.
What are the symptoms of peptic ulcers?
The most common ulcer symptom is a dull or burning pain in your stomach, which can mimic other health issues. Always consult your healthcare provider to determine if you have an ulcer.
How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?
The esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be imaged using barium, which coats the organs and allows them to be seen on an X-ray. A small tissue sample (biopsy) can be taken to check for H. pylori.
How are peptic ulcers treated?
The type of ulcer depends on the bacteria and the severity of the infection. Smoking and limiting alcohol and caffeine can help ulcers heal faster. Surgery may be required in rare cases to remove the ulcer’s source of infection.
What are the complications of peptic ulcers?
If you don’t get treatment for an ulcer, it can lead to serious complications, including bleeding and narrowing of the duodenum, which prevents food from leaving your stomach and entering your small intestine. You can’t eat properly because of the pain and inflammation caused by an ulcer.
When should I call my healthcare provider?
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider right away. Peptic ulcers can prevent food from passing through your stomach and, if they become too deep, they can break through your body and cause other problems.
Ulcers are sores on the lining of your stomach or the first part of your small intestine caused by H. pylori infection or NSAIDs. Ulcers can be treated with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications, with surgery being required in rare cases.
Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider says. Make a list of any new diagnoses, medications, treatments, or tests. Understand why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean. Ask if your condition can be treated in other ways.
How do you know if you have an ulcer in your intestines?
The most common symptom is a burning sensation or pain in the middle of your abdomen, between your chest and belly button, which is usually more intense when your stomach is empty and can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Other common signs and symptoms of ulcers include dull stomach pain.
How do they check for ulcers in the small intestine?
Your doctor may perform an endoscopy to examine your upper digestive system. During an endoscopy, your doctor inserts a hollow tube with a lens (endoscope) down your throat and into your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine to look for ulcers.
What does the beginning of an ulcer feel like?
Burning stomach pain is the most common peptic ulcer symptom; stomach acid aggravates the pain, as does having an empty stomach; the pain can often be relieved by eating certain foods that buffer stomach acid or by taking an acid-reducing medication, but it may return.
Do intestinal ulcers hurt?
Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of peptic ulcers, and it usually occurs in the upper middle part of the abdomen, above the belly button (navel) and below the breastbone. The pain can feel like burning or gnawing, and it can extend to the back.
What is the fastest way to cure a stomach ulcer?
Consult your doctor before including these foods in your diet:
- Flavonoids (also known as bioflavonoids) may be an effective additional treatment for stomach ulcers, according to research.
- Deglycyrrhizinated licorice.
- 8. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Can Ulcers affect bowel movements?
Ulcers can recur after surgery, and each procedure has its own set of complications, such as weight loss, poor digestion, frequent bowel movements (dumping syndrome), and anemia.
How long do intestinal ulcers take to heal?
Uncomplicated gastric ulcers can take up to two or three months to heal completely, while duodenal ulcers take about six weeks. An ulcer can heal temporarily without antibiotics, but if the bacteria are not killed, it is common for the ulcer to recur or for another ulcer to form nearby.
Do stomach ulcers show up on CT scan?
An upper endoscopy allows the gastroenterologist to see the inner lining of your stomach, allowing him to see your ulcer. A CT scan of the abdomen is much less useful for diagnosing a stomach ulcer, as a peptic ulcer is rarely revealed by a CT scan of the abdomen.
What should I not eat with stomach ulcers?
When you have acid reflux and an ulcer, there are certain foods you should avoid.
- spicy food.
- acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes.
How do you know if you have a bleeding stomach ulcer?
Stool that is black and sticky, dark red or maroon colored blood in your stool, and bloody vomit with the consistency of coffee grounds are all symptoms of a bleeding ulcer.
Where is ulcer pain located?
The most common ulcer symptom is a dull or burning pain in your stomach between your breastbone and your belly button (navel), which can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours and often occurs around mealtimes.
Do stomach ulcers go away on their own?
Some peptic ulcers heal on their own, but if you don’t treat them, they can erode the blood vessel wall in your stomach or small intestine, or they can eat a hole through the lining and become infected.
What type of ulcer hurts after eating?
The most common complaint of gastric and duodenal ulcers is a burning pain in the stomach, but duodenal ulcers can also cause abdominal pain a few hours after eating.
What painkillers can I take with a stomach ulcer?
What should you do if you have an ulcer and have a headache? In general, people with ulcers should take acetaminophen for over-the-counter pain relief; you should not take aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen sodium unless your doctor has given you permission.
Why my ulcer is not healing?
Persistent Helicobacter pylori infection and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common causes of refractory peptic ulcers, which do not heal completely after 8 to 12 weeks of standard anti-secretory drug treatment.