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Can You Be Treated For Peptic Ulcers Without Having An Endoscopy
Ulcers without scope: Absolutely. If a person is young and the symptoms are not alarming, ie. No bleeding, a patient can be treated with strong antacid medication called ppi such as prevacid. If they improve the only thing needed would be a blood test for h pylori to prevent a recurrence. Older people, such as over 50 or asians over 40, need endoscopy because of the prevalence of stomach cancer. ...Read more
I am diagnosed with peptic ulcers. The pain still on and off. Should i go for endoscopy as what the doctor recommended?
Yes: When you have peptic ulcer disease it is helpful to know what the cause is such as medication like advil or Motrin or a bacteria called h. Pylori among other rarer causes. Additionally you should confirm that the ulcer has healed by having a repeat endoscopy after taking proper medication. ...Read more
Have Crohn's and just diagnosed with peptic ulcer from endoscopy from NSAID. Been there for 3 weeks how fast does it heal? What can I do to help?
4 to 6 weeks. : Peptic ulcer disease is fairly common and with treatment it tends to stay at bay for long period of time. NSAID group is notoriously famous in casing gastritis and other similar peptic problems. Taking medicines for 4 weeks usually gives the stomach ulcers time to heal and be able to withstand the usual acid attack in the stomach. We need to avoid spices, alcohol and NSAID. Also see mD regular ...Read more
Yes. : Until relatively recently Omeprazole was a prescription drug. The otc variant is half-strength. But how do you know it's peptic ulcer disease and not something even more serious? Try to get an endoscopy for diagnosis then look at your rx options. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen etc. Could you have h. Pylori? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for penetrating peptic ulcer to heal without any surgical intervention (i.E. prescription only)?
Yes: I have had patients who have had peptic ulcers treated without surgery. ...Read more
Do you feel better?: Due to small but substantial risk that peptic (stomach) ulcers may occur in setting of cancer, most gastroenterologists will recommend a follow-up endoscopy after eight weeks of ppi (like lansoprazole) treatment to document healing of the ulcer. If you take nsaid's or other ulcerogenic medications routinely, have untreated h.Pylori, or have persistent peptic symptoms, consider prolonged ppi rx. ...Read more
Actual doctor needed: Unfortunately there is no way to truly determine if you have a peptic ulcer without testing. This is either with endoscopy or a barium swallow. Also, sometimes gastric cancers mimic ulcers so the correct diagnosis is critical. If they erode to deeply you can actually bleed to death. So in this case a doctor is really really necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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