2 Reasons why we get Ulcers + UPDATE 1/3/17

  • The number ONE reason why we get ulcers:  It is caused by an infection, a germ (bacterium) called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

  • The Number TWO reason is NSAIDS - anti-inflammatory used to treat pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
There are more causes like smoking and alcohol consumption. I am only talking about the two, that are more prevalent. 

I have a peptic ulcer. I found out about it, in the summer when I went into emergency due to stomach pain. They did ultra-sound and found I had gallstones and a peptic ulcer. At the time, the gallstones needed to come out so I turned a deaf ear to the ulcer.  The last couple of weeks, it has been demanding that I listen. Tomorrow at 10am, I go into the Doctor. They told me to stop taking my NSAID immediately.

I discontinued the NSAID and I feel better, other than the aches and pains. I don't believe there is anything he can give me, for those aches and pains, that wouldn't hurt my stomach. So I am on my own. I am going in, just to get it on record.

NSAIDS are killer for our stomachs. They may be fine for a few years and then, all of a sudden, you're having pain. My Theory, is, it quietly EATS away the stomach lining for years and finally hits that spot in the stomach, that has no protective barrier. Once that barrier is gone, everything will bother your tummy.

From what I have read, they may need to do Gastroscopy (endoscopy) This test can confirm a stomach ulcer. In this test a doctor looks inside your stomach by passing a thin, flexible telescope down your gullet (oesophagus). They can see any inflammation or ulcers. I am PRAYING to God, they don't do this on me. I am gaggly. They would need to totally put me out. Or I will gag. You need to swallow this tube. I can barely swallow a pill. 

If the Doctor suspects a bacterium - there is a test for that and then a antibiotic is prescribed.

If it is from the NSAIDs and the Gastroscopy confirms inflammation, They will prescribe an acid-suppressing med; They include esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole and rabeprazole, and come in various brand names.

I figure, he will tell me I am permanently OFF the anti-inflammatory and I need to stay on the NERD meds (omeprazole) indefinitely.

Happy New Year to me.

UPDATE: 1/3/17

  • The Doctor gave me a little over 1 month's supply of a stronger acid-suppressing medicine. 
  • OFF the NSAID
He pressed on my stomach and I thought I would die - it hurt so much. If the medicine doesn't heal, by the time they run out, I am to go back to see him. In about a month or so.

He told me, for my aches and pains, to use Extra-strength Tylenol - up to 8 a day is safe for my stomach. While it is NOT a NSAID, it can help with some of the aches and pains.

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