How would a doctor check for bleeding ulcer?

EGD. . Looking in the stomach with a scope is the best way to diagnose an ulcer. This is called an egd ( or esophagogastroduodenoscopy). And now you know why we call it an egd.
Upper endoscopy. An upper endoscopy (an egd) is the best test for detecting and treating an bleeding ulcer and ruling out gastric cancer. Pictures would be taken as well as biopsies to check for abnormal cells and h-pylori bacteria. The treatment may be >8 weeks of ppi medication (like Omeprazole or others). If h-pylori was present you would also need antibiotics for 10-14 days.

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How long can you go without treatment for a bleeding ulcer the doctor told me I have one last week but the insurance company still hasnt ok endoscopy.?

Go to ER now. Bleeding ulcer ( GI bleeding ) is a life threatening emergency, immediately go to your nearest er, immediate gastroscopy and treatment . You do not need your insurance company approval for this. Read more...
No easy answer. If you continue vomiting blood or having large black bm's it should be done now, go to the er . If you see no blood or black bm's and are not more pale or get dizzy, it may not be an emergency. The longer away from the bleed the less likely they will be able to give you a reason for it. As mentioned Omeprazole will decrease the gastric acidity and sooth and possibly heal the ulcer over time. Read more...

Can a bleeding ulcer cause fatality?

Yes but rarely. It is unusual for a bleeding ulcer to be fatal today. We have many ways of controlling the problem today. It occurs singly in the string of other severe prelims such as liver or renal failure or someone who has a clotting problem that is genetic or drug induced. Read more...

What should I do with a bleeding ulcer?

Treatment. I am assuming that you have had proper medical evaluation with a doctor and an upper endoscopy to diagnose a bleeding ulcer. Biopsies are taken to ensure it is benign & to look for h. Pylori. Medications like h2 blockers, antacids, sucralafate & antibiotics if + h. Pylori. Endoscopy can treat the bleeding, emergency surgery if the bleeding does not stop. Read more...
Physician Evaluation. You need to have a physician evaluation. Note the times of bleeding and the character (bright red or dark red). Do you have pain? How long has this occurred? Do you have a history of ulcers? The physical would be complete with abdomen palpation and eventually an egd ( scoping of esophagus and stomach). Treatment varies with above findings. Read more...

Can a bleeding ulcer cause a fatality?

Yes. Fortunately it is rare that a bleeding ulcer is fatal, but certain circumstances like if the patient is taking blood thinners, or has liver problems, like cirrhosis, or is far away from medical care, could cause a bleeding ulcer to be fatal. Almost always, bleeding ulcers can be treated successfully by gastroenterologists doing a scope. Read more...

If I had a bleeding ulcer would it be constantly hurting? What kinds of symptoms would it produce if it was bleeding?

Not necessarily... Ulcers, or gastritis without ulcer, can cause pain, or bleeding, or both. The pain can be quite severe without bleeding. On the other hand, bleeding can be severe and even fatal with no pain. Bleeding would result in nausea, vomiting of blood or digested blood looking like coffee grounds. Also, blood can appear in the stool, or the stools can be tarry black. Read more...

How can I remedy a bleeding ulcer?

See a doctor. I do not know how you would know if you have a bleeding ulcer. Have you seem a doctor or had endoscopy for this diagnosis? Bleeding from ulcers of the stomach can range widely, from minor to severe. Usually medical treatment to lower the stomach acid, and antibiotic treatment if a biopsy or breath test shows h. Pylori is present is a starting point. Read more...