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What causes duodenal ulcer?

What causes duodenal ulcer?

Duodenal Ulcers: The most common cause of duodenal ulcer is a stomach infection associated with the helicobacter pylori (h pylori) bacteria. Other risk factors for duodenal ulcers include overuse of alcohol, tobacco, and medications such as Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). Severe illness has also been implicated as a risk factor in the development of duodenal ulcer.

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What is active duodenal ulcer?

What is active duodenal ulcer?

Currently ongoing: Active means that it is actually ongoing at this time. As opposed to a resolved, or healed ulcer. The difference can be seen on direct visualization by a procedure known as gastro-esophageal-duodenoscopy, or EGD for short

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What are the tests for duodenal ulcer?

What are the tests for duodenal ulcer?

Endoscopy: Has largely replaced less clear contrast barium swallows.

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What are symptoms of a duodenal ulcer?

What are symptoms of a duodenal ulcer?

Burning pain, nausea: Gnawing pain, discomfort that persists, nausea, general malaise....Pain may be in mid upper abdomen, but also could radiate toward the sides, and even thru to the back. If take simple over the counter antacids and it goes away, fine. But if it persists, and you have to keep taking them daily, not fine. Get thee to the doc.

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What sort of disorder is duodenal ulcer?

What sort of disorder is duodenal ulcer?

Ulcer: A duodenal ulcer is an ulcer located in the first part of the small intestine, right after the stomach. This can be caused by many things, most commonly from NSAID use (e.g. Advil, (ibuprofen) motrin, aspirin) and bacterial infections (e.g. Helicobacter pylori). These are treated by endoscopy and acid blocking medications.

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What can you eat if you have duodenal ulcer?

No real restrictions: my only suggestion would be to avoid "NSAIDs" (such as motrin, aleve, (naproxen) advil, naprosyn) and avoid alcohol. no dietary restrictions otherwise.

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Is cooked maize cobs diet for duodenal ulcer?

Is cooked  maize cobs diet for duodenal ulcer?

Duodenal ulcer: Most duodenal ulcers are caused by an infection. You should see your doctor about the cause of your ulcer and treatment. If you have an infection , diet alone will not help you heal.

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How long should it take to heal a duodenal ulcer?

4-6 weeks: Need to work up the cause of the ulcer. Most commonly related to the bacteria h.Pylori. Need to have medical follow up to be sure the infection is eradicated.

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What is the definition or description of: Duodenal ulcer?

Duodenal ulcer: Any break in the lining mucosa of the first portion of the small intestine.

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal a duodenal ulcer?

See below: The duodenal epithelium replaces itself every 3-7 days. That means if you are taking rx for the ulcer-treatment for h pylori and a proton pump inhibitor such as Prozac (fluoxetine) the ulcer should heal 3-7 days.

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Please tell me what should you eat if you have duodenal ulcer?

Meds will help: Previously recommendations were to avoid spicy foods, acidic foods, coffee and the like. More recently it has be determined that for most people those dietary restrictions are not needed. But if a certain food bothers you, coffee etc., by all means, avoid those foods.

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Are there any natural herbs / foods that can help with a duodenal ulcer or to reduce acid?

Are there any natural herbs / foods  that can help with a duodenal ulcer or to reduce acid?

Yes: Dgl(deglyccyrhized licorice), aloe vera gel, and a zinc containing product called zinlori 75 from metagenics all are quite helpful for this.

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I have a duodenal ulcer , what can I drink?

Water,sodas: You can drink water milk noncarbonated drinks.No alcohol and acidic fruit juices .You can drink tea or coffee in moderation.I hope you are being treated for h pylori infection with antibiotics.

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Is eating carrot worsening symptoms of duodenal ulcer?

Is eating carrot worsening symptoms of duodenal ulcer?

No: It should not as long as your are taking medication to heal the ulcer. Avoid too much alcohol, spicy food and medications like aspirin, aleve, (naproxen) Ibuprofen ect.

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What is the best diet components suitable for duodenal ulcer patient?

What is the best diet components suitable for duodenal ulcer patient?

Ulcer diet: Avoid fried food, greasy or fatty food, dairy, and spicy products. Stay on bland food with simple carbs like rice, pasta, bread and skinless chicken or turkey. No caffeine or alcohol or sodas.

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Can you tell me how a gastic ulcer differ from a duodenal ulcer please ?

Location: gastric ulcer is in the stomach, duodenal ulcer is in the duodenum (small intestine). the risk factors to get them are usually the same, they both have the same type of complications (bleeding, pain, etc).

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Can somebody tell me how can a gastic ulcer differ from a duodenal ulcer please ?

Yes: Gastric ulcer is in the stomach. Duodenal ulcer is in the small bowel. They can both bleed, cause pain. The reasons for having them are similar (most commonly pain meds such as nsaids or aspirin, and a bacteria called hpylori).

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What healthy snaks should I eat between meals ?Kindly be informed I have a duodenal ulcer .

Snacks: First thing to do, given that you have an ulcer, is to quit smoking, regardless of how little you smoke. Then, when considering snacks, check out healthy protein, just a small portion will do, fruits, veggies & high fiber foods. A small handful of nuts is a great snack as it incorporates protein, fiber & healthy oils, too. I don't know about egypt, but greek yogurt is all the rage here in states.

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I had a duodenal ulcer about 15 years ago and have anxiety issues, can I still get an ulcer?

Yes: Anyone can get an ulcer. Anxiety itself is not a specific cause though. Bacteria such as h. Pylori, use of excess Aspirin or Ibuprofen type medications, cigarette smoking, and alcohol intake can all increase risks of peptic ulcer. There are medications that you can take & tests your doctor can order.

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