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.
Relieved by food. Burning epigastric pain 90 min-3 hours after meals relieved by food is probably the most distinguishing symptom of duodenal ulcer. Other symptoms, like weight loss, blood in stool can be seen. Apparently gastric ulcer is made worse by or unrelated to food.
About the same. Regardless of size or location, if you really have an ulcer (found by x-ray or endoscopy) please seek doctor's advice. Even small ulcers can bleed (sometimes massively), perforate, obstruct stomach emptying. Sometimes, an ulcer can form in a cancer so to avoid this possibility it is important to make sure at least gastric ulcer actually heals. Relief of ulcer symptoms doesn't always mean healing.
Possibly. See a gastroenterologist or your primary care doctor and have it evaluated.
Are extreme bloating and a burning feeling in the center of your abdomen symptoms of a duodenal ulcer?
Yes they could. These can certainly be symptoms of an ulcer. You should have a thorough exam including an endoscopy as soon as possible.
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.
What's the least invasive way to test for duodenal ulcer? My symptoms point to it, but I have conditions that make sedation risky do want to avoid it.
Barium x-ray. You may wish to discuss having a barium x-ray of your upper GI tract, if you do not wish to undergo sedation for an upper endoscopy which would be the better test.
Upper GI. Endoscopy, as you likely know, is the best way to diagnose duodenal ulcer. The second best way is an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) x-ray using swallowed barium sulfate as a contrast agent. The latter does not require sedation.
Most commonly. Related to acid insult and treated with proton pump inhibitors or h2 blockers.
H. pylori. The majority of ulcers are caused by this bacterium helicobacter pylori. Other causes may involve high doses of anti inflammatory drugs or rarely tumors that secrete gastrin causing acid hyper secretion- zollinger ellison syndrome.
Acid, bacteria. Duodenal ulcers are assoc with a bacteria (h.Pylori) in the majority of cases. Other causes include: too much acid production, which can be seen with certain conditions/medications: (cushings/cortisol, stress, some tumors, short bowel length), toxins (alcohol, nsiad's-iboprofen).
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.
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.
Endoscopy. Has largely replaced less clear contrast barium swallows.