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Doctor insights on: Foods To Avoid With Esophageal Ulcers

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Have an esophageal ulcer. Already avoiding certain foods, on antiacids and coating medication. What are some other steps I should take to cure this?

Have an esophageal ulcer. Already avoiding certain foods, on antiacids and coating medication. What are some other steps I should take to cure this?

If you have: An ulcer, consider the class of medicines called proton pump inhibitors, like prilosec, if you are not on that. Stop smoking, make sure your anxiety is controlled though unsure exactly the role of stress and an ulcer. Main think, proton pump inhibitor and stay on them as long as your doc suggests but I would likely stay on them. Good luck.

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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What's the symptoms of an esophageal ulcer?

What's the symptoms of an esophageal ulcer?

Pain: Generally ulcerated esophagus is painful, especially with swallowing food, even liquids. Pain may be in chest, referred to back or between the ribs or upper abdomen. May also have difficulty swallowing-food gets stuck going down. Can lead to weight loss.

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What is a diet plan for esophageal ulcers?

What is a diet plan for esophageal ulcers?

Diet and reflux: The following foods worsen gastroesophageal reflux: caffeine, alcohol, mint, chocolate. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and juices and tomatoes, exacerbate the injury to the esophagus caused by reflux, and usually worsen heartburn. Other common offenders are peppers, spicy foods, and fried foods. A higher protein content in a meal can help decrease reflux.

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What happens when you get surgery for an esophagus ulcer?

What happens when you get surgery for an esophagus ulcer?

Hmm: Surgery usually is endoscopic with a camera. This is usually a simple outpatient procedure.

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I have an esophageal ulcer and am gettin treated. How do I know if it starts bleeding? It's near the end of the esophagus.

I have an esophageal ulcer and am gettin treated. How do I know if it starts bleeding? It's near the end of the esophagus.

Bleeding esophagus: If you are being treated and watching your diet and alcohol intake the chances are low; if it rebleeds you will either throw up blood or pass dark/black stools - and then you go back to the doctor.

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Can aspirin make an existing esophageal ulcer worse?

Can aspirin make an existing esophageal ulcer worse?

Yes: Aspirin can cause ulcers anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract.

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How can esophageal cancer feel compared to esophageal ulcers?

How can esophageal cancer feel compared to esophageal ulcers?

Different: A person with esophageal cancer can develop progressive swallowing difficulty, first for solids and later for liquids as well. Odynophagia is a painful swallowing. Esophageal ulcer can be benign or early cancer. That may produce swallowing difficulties due to spasms, but is not progressive. Only way to know for sure is by biopsy and endoscopy.

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How long does it take to get an esophageal ulcer from gerd? 3 months? A year? Several years?

How long does it take to get an esophageal ulcer from gerd? 3 months? A year? Several years?

Unknown: Since everybody is different, and gerd is complex, it is not known the exact time it takes to develop an ulcer in the esophagus from gerd. Depends on the severity, of gerd, your natural defense mechanisms to injury, diet, smoking, immune status, etc. Could be weeks, months, or years. Hope this helps!

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Are their any over-the-counter treatments for an esophageal ulcer? Or can it go away on its own?

Usually not: Most esophageal ulcers in an otherwise healthy individual are due to acid reflux. Try an OTC H2-blocker or proton pump inhibitor.

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I had esophageal ulcer 3 years ago. Upper GI say it is clear. Take dexilant (dexlansoprazole). Very costly+ write up says not to take so long, Should I switch? If so what should I try?

I had esophageal ulcer 3 years ago. Upper GI say it is clear. Take dexilant (dexlansoprazole). Very costly+ write up says not to take so long, Should I switch? If so what should I try?

UGI peptic Rx: You have options. OTC omeprazole can suffice. It is a step down in potency yet effective. I recommend that as a first step. Also, try to remedy why the ulcer occurred - eat small bites, chew well, have modest meals, do not overeat spice, avoid alcohol, aim for ideal wt and BMI, don't eat much after 8 pm. Then you can transition to ranitidine twice daily - also OTC. Is less potent.

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Why do I feel pain in my lower left stomach if I have esophageal ulcers?

Why do I feel pain in my lower left stomach if I have esophageal ulcers?

Esophageal pain: Pain originating from the esophagus is often felt in the abdomen. Usually it is in the left upper quadrant or midline upper quadrant. It could radiate lower than that however. Stay on your treatment. If you did not begin to achieve relief let your doctor know. Good luck.

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Gastric ulcer and barrett's esophagus. Any connection between the two?

Gastric acid: If you have gastric acid hypersecretion (too much gastric acid), you may develop gastric ulcers, and if this acid goes up to the esophagus for a long time, you can develop barrett's esophagus.

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Is it better to have hot or cold liquids/beverages for acid reflux and esophageal ulcers?

Is it better to have hot or cold liquids/beverages for acid reflux and esophageal ulcers?

Listen to body: Neutral soothing small amounts best. Also consider hiatal hernia. Raise hands above head to lift the edges of diaphragm and raise up onto toes and jolt down then drink a small amount of water to put weight in stomach and then stroke from under left rib cage to navel 3 times to bring stomach below the diaphragm. Vigorous exercise increasing intraabdominal pressure pushes stomach above diaphram.

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A very tiny part of my stool was black. I have an esophageal ulcer. Should I go to er?

A very tiny part of my stool was black. I have an esophageal ulcer. Should I go to er?

Esophageal ulcer: No don't go to the er because if you are not dying they will not do much for you if you have been treated for the ulcer then it is not there anymore if you are being treated continue the treatment stool turns completely black with bleeding, not small parts of it.

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I was diagnosed with having a gastric ulcer and barrett's esophagus. I'm currently on 40 mg. Per day of zegerid, what to do?

I was diagnosed with having a gastric ulcer and barrett's esophagus. I'm currently on 40 mg. Per day of zegerid, what to do?

Take your meds: Take your meds regularly. zegerid is best taken on an empty stomach. A follow up endoscopy will likely be indicated. The timing of the repeat endoscopy will depend on the Barrett's esophagus biopsy results (if there is dysplasia or not)

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Gi docs: I'm newly diagnosis w duplication cyst on my esophagus. It hurts like an ulcer. I hear surgery is major. Your opinion? Surgery vs watch.

Probably surgery: If having pain related to duplication cyst probably need surgery, in adults when duplication cysts symptomatic, difficulty eating, reflux, or back pain can occur. Cysts can hemorrhage, rupture, and get infected. Once symptoms begin usually do not resolve. Complete surgical resection is the standard treatment even in patients with asymptmatic cysts. Thoracotomy or thoracoscopy can be used to remove.

Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more