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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.?

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Dr. Robert Ringrose
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Ringrose
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: PPI

Take an otc ppi like Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) daily until you can be seen.

In brief: PPI

Take an otc ppi like Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) daily until you can be seen.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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