An ulcer is a discontinuity or break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Common symptoms include:
• dull pain in the stomach
• weight loss
• not wanting to eat because of pain
• nausea or vomiting
• burping or acid reflux
• heartburn (burning sensation in the chest)
• pain improves when you eat, drink, or take antacids
HOW IS ULCER DIAGNOSED?
A Gastroenterologist diagnoses Ulcer by performing a physical examination and examining the medical history of the patient. Additional tests may also be performed to help in the diagnosis such as Upper Gastrointestinal Series and Endoscopy. In certain cases, the doctor can also perform a blood test to closely look for the bacteria causing Ulcer.
HOW IS ULCER TREATED?
If your stomach ulcer is the result of H. pylori, you'll need antibiotics. For mild to moderate stomach ulcers, your doctor will usually prescribe the following medications:
• H2 blockers
• proton pump inhibitors
• over-the-counter antacids
• cytoprotective agents
Surgical procedures to remove the ulcers are recommended if the ultrasound scan shows bleeding ulcers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Stomach ulcers are easily cured, but they can become severe without proper treatment.