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Can A Bleeding Ulcer Heal Itself
I believe i developed a bleeding ulcer 2 days ago also believe the bleeding has stopped.What can I do to help the pain as it heals and promote healing?
Also known as an internal hemorrhage, internal bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs inside the body that is not seen from the outside. This happens when there is damage to an artery or vein from trauma, an injury to the spleen, a ruptured aneurysm, or erosion into an artery or vein from cancer or gastric ulcer. Internal bleeding is a medical emergency ...Read more
It depends: Bledding ulcers are not as common as they were 30 years ago due to the availability h-2 blockers (eg, tagamet, (cimetidine) xantac) and ppi's(prilosec) over the counter now. Bleeding ulcers are more commonly occurring from either acid imbalance or bacterial overgrowth(h-pylori). The vast majority can be treated with ppi's and antibiotics. Some may require endoscopic treatments. If bleeding is severe, surgery rar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common, but yes: If a stomach or duodenal ulcer has eroded into an artery,it is possible to have severe bleeding that can kill.It is also possible to have slow bleeding that does not kill.Other complications of ulcers include perforation(a hole through the stomach or duodenum),which can also kill.Ulcers are easier to treat now we have a better understanding of them,& treatment can prevent complications like these. ...Read more
Yes but rarely: It is unusual for a bleeding ulcer to be fatal today. We have many ways of controlling the problem today. It occurs singly in the string of other severe prelims such as liver or renal failure or someone who has a clotting problem that is genetic or drug induced. ...Read more
Treatment: I am assuming that you have had proper medical evaluation with a doctor and an upper endoscopy to diagnose a bleeding ulcer. Biopsies are taken to ensure it is benign & to look for h. Pylori. Medications like h2 blockers, antacids, sucralafate & antibiotics if + h. Pylori. Endoscopy can treat the bleeding, emergency surgery if the bleeding does not stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Fortunately it is rare that a bleeding ulcer is fatal, but certain circumstances like if the patient is taking blood thinners, or has liver problems, like cirrhosis, or is far away from medical care, could cause a bleeding ulcer to be fatal. Almost always, bleeding ulcers can be treated successfully by gastroenterologists doing a scope. ...Read more
Bleeding ulcer: Bleeding ulcers require treatment in order to stop the bleeding. The rate of bleeding determines how long some one can weight to be treated. If you are actively bleeding and have blood in your stool you will need immediate treatment. A small ulcer that is only oozing occasionally still requires treatment. Today ulcers can be treated better than ever so don't wait, be well and heal. ...Read more
Bad things: Bleeding ulcer? This is not something to leave to chance. I am assuming you are talking about a stomach ulcer that is bleeding. To me this implies that you had an ulcer that eroded into a vessel and that vessel is now bleeding. You should seem medical attention. Ominous signs would be light headedness when standing, black tarry stools, feeling weak and tired all the time. ...Read more
No actual diet: I recommend my patients, who are dealing with ulcers, try to keep some food in their stomach, even a snack before going to bed. There's no foods that have to be avoided, except those that are personally irritating. So, super spicy foods or snacks should probably be left alone. and, avoid tobacco and alcohol while healing. Just graze all day, and take your medications as directed. Good luck. ...Read more
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