Do I have an ulcer?

Discussion in 'The Loafing Shed' started by lori, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. lori

    lori New Member

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    Here are symptoms from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/DS00242/DSECTION=symptoms

    Be felt anywhere from your navel up to your breastbone yes, breastbone
    Last from a few minutes to several hours twinges lasting 10-15ish minutes, a couple times of day--not every day but I'll have a day where it keeps happening
    Be worse when your stomach is empty yes
    Flare at night no, but I also snack all night
    Often be temporarily relieved by eating certain foods that buffer stomach acid or by taking an acid-reducing medication my inclination is to eat and sometimes after I eat it is better
    Disappear and then return for a few days or weeks yes

    Uhm, so this is a stupid post. I would say the writing's on the wall... but I am in denial. An ulcer? Seriously?
     
  2. BUC

    BUC Administrator

    Could also be just heartburn. I get it bad sometimes...it seems to go in spurts.
     

  3. Shell

    Shell New Member

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    I thought I had an ulcer and had an upper GI done, results came back as acid reflux. Was put on Prevacid 30mg for about 2 years, then Dr. said see how I am off it. Still had some flare ups and was told just to take when needed. Which I still do.
     
  4. Pixin

    Pixin New Member

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    Could be, I had several. Get to the Dr. for an xray.
     
  5. April

    April New Member

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    It has been 40 years since I had an ulcer. They are not fun. Better get it checked asap.
     
  6. photofinish

    photofinish Senior Member

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    Lori, best to check it out! I had mine several years ago. Best diet I've ever been on, but soo not worth it! Scope sucks, but maybe they xray now? I had to get scoped like a damn horse :(. Mine got bad enough before I went in that nothing helped. Stomach would be "on fire". Stomach, not heartburn, not acid reflux (still enjoy that little friend). Only thing that mellowed it early on was soft-serve type vanilla ice cream. I do not even like ice cream, but it helped. Get checked out - those things start bleeding and it gets ugly fast!
     
  7. Shadimac

    Shadimac New Member

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    I was treated for an ulcer last year. To this day I blame it on my ex. ;D

    My symptoms were a little different than yours, but they were persistent enough for about 6 months so I finally had it checked out. I had to go on the purple pill, I forgot what it was called. But anyways, after being on that for many months, I went off of it and am doing much better. Every once in awhile I get the pain back , but its not every day like it was.

    Get it checked out. Pains in that area, no matter what they are, shouldn't be messed around with. I waited longer than I should have to go in, but I kept hoping it would go away.
     
  8. Terri

    Terri New Member

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    I've had peptic ulcers since I was 17. I remember my doctor saying that stomach pain that wakes you up is a symptom. I would wake up almost every morning about 4 a.m. with double over type pains. Pain was like being whopped in the stomach with a baseball bat. Certain foods would have me doubled over in pain also. Because of the ulcers, I also have heartburn regularly.

    Heartburn- More of small pin point pains that rise to the throat. Mostly felt in the breastbone area.
    Ulcers- Mostly stay in the abdomen area. Very dullish, but strong pain that doubles me over. Sends pain radiating all the way to the shoulders and back when really bad.

    When I was diagnosed, the doc said he stopped counting at 10 ulcers and ordered a radical diet change. Also had ulcers in the duodenum (sp?). One sip of beer can cause an attack. I rarely have anything spicy and watch sodium intake carefully.

    They are now mostly gone but it was hell for many years.
     
  9. JenR

    JenR Formerly Underworld Queen

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    Get in and at least talk to a Dr.. Photo's right, those things get ugly fast -- Grampa had one that closed the entrance to his stomach up, within a month of him first having symptoms; he ended up having to get surgery, probably because he tried to "tough it out".
     
  10. Angien

    Angien New Member

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    Sounds like you have GERD.
    Have you tried Zantac?
    Please go to the Dr as GERD can where down the lining of the esophagus.
     
  11. Pixin

    Pixin New Member

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    I believe that Gerd can become cancerous if not treated.

    Pizza and beer is horrible for ulcers!
    Bananas actually made my stomach feel better.

    They will probably do a stomach xray first. I had the Endoscope done twice. The first time I was awake and got to look in the scope, the second time they knocked me out for it.

    Lori, call the Dr. Monday morning!
     
  12. cherokee

    cherokee New Member

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    I have been having the same problem. I am a huge pepsi drinker. First thing in the a.m.
    I pop open a pepsi and don't stop drinking them till I go to bed. Needless to say
    I can put a case away in two days. I started having pains about a week ago.
    The only thing I could do to rule things out was slow down on the pepsi.
    So I started a gradual slow down and things started getting better. Today
    I have drank only one pepsi and about a half hour after drinking the pepsi the pains
    started I drank a glass of milk wich calmed things down have drank water and tea
    all day and am feeling like a new person.

    Quite awhile ago I quit drinking pepsi all together and started drinking crystal light
    tea and water I lost quite a few pounds it lasted for about three months
    Now I know I won't beable to tolerate pop and I gotta watch the tea because of the cafine.

    I too suggest going to the DR I need to but want to try this for a week or so before I go.
    I am afraid with having bowl obstruction surgery and my insides reconstructed that
    they are gonna find major trouble and I will have to have surgery again wich is something
    that I don't want to go threw again.
     
  13. lori

    lori New Member

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    Well, I submitted an online request for an appt when I originally posted this. I have an appt on Wednesday. I haven't had symptoms all weekend, of course now that I think of it I think I feel a bit of it... sigh.
     
  14. Rachel

    Rachel New Member

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    I have a duodenal ulcer. It's "great". Don't ditch your appointment, your body is telling you something. Charlie has Barrett's esophagus from GERD---also "great".