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Is Endoscopy The Only Way To Be Sure I Have Ulcers
Barium: Endoscopy is generally the best way, as it allows direct visualization and a biopsy if needed. A well formed ulcer could be detected by x-ray examination after barium intake. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Not necessary: Discuss with your doctor. Depending upon your symptoms doctor may decide to proceed with it. ...Read more
Know what u Rx. C MD: Short term rx without evaluation may be ok (see the disclaimer on Prilosec otc-do not use for more than 2 weeks without seeing md-for evaluation). That's because the meds may relieve or mask symptoms of more serious issues, like ulcers, or cancers. Ulcers usually due to bact infection. Rx is to treat infection, not just take acid reducer. Ulcers can bleed, perforate, or can be ulcerated ca. C md. ...Read more
Should endoscopy be done to see ulcer is healed or not or of symptoms go off , that means ulcer is healed?
The relationship of: symptoms & actual internal status is complex, very individually variable & categorically unreliable. Fact that humans have so many ways of compensating for internal problems is one of the reasons the medical system is focused on symptoms of advanced Ds, not health. So, while impossible to offer any certain answer to your question, no, I would not rely on absence of symptoms in & of themselves. ...Read more
Ideal study to do so: An Endoscopy gives a Gastroenterologist a chance to view the lining of your Esophagus, Stomach, and the early section of your small intestines (the Duodenum) with a light and camera. Images can be displayed in a television in the study suite, and the lining of all those areas can be seen clearly to determine the best sites for biopsy or the need to remove suspicious lesions (i.e polyps). Be well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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