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A 17-year-old male asked:

Neg for h.pylori, haven't taken nsaids for years, no smoker,20 age, social drinker. is it likely ulcer ? i have frequent acid reflux and abdom pain

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Hard to say: You are young for peptic ulcer disease but it's still possible. Unfortunately you don't provide much of a history of your abdomina pain, as in quality and location, how long, etc. So in reality, it could be related to many different problems from inflammatory changes of the upper intestinal tract, gallbladder issues and any other number of intestinal maladies. Consider consulting a GI doc.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Possible: If the H.pylori stool antigen was negative, ulcer disease is much less likely in younger Persistent abdominal pain and GERD (acid reflux) requires an upper endoscopy if not responding to medications that reduce acidity in the stomach and additional measures such as using a wedge to elevate body while sleeping. For good patient education on GERD SEE: http://bit.ly/ZquHBK at patient.co.uk
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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I would just comment that at age 20, there is no such thing as "social" drinking. In many states, anyone your age who is driving with ANY blood alcohol concentration would be considered driving under the influence. You don't say whether you smoke - tobacco use is a major risk factor for esophageal reflux.
Oct 14, 2014

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