Can a bleeding stomach ulcer cause significant blood loss??

Life threatening. Bleeding stomach ulcers may present in different stages from superficial to full perforations when they are life threatening.

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My husband is 29 and has a bleeding stomach ulcer. We don't have insurance. What can we do?

Save a Life. You do everything it takes to save his life. You get the tests done to assess where and why he is bleeding. And then you get on the medications designed to help him heal and prevent him from bleeding further. And then he works on eliminating the cause of the problem so this does not re-occur. Read more...

Can untreated and severe acid reflux lead to death from a bleeding stomach ulcer??

Yes, unfortunately. Although there are many causes for gastric (stomach) ulcers, severe acid production and reflux is one of them. (Also, severe acid reflux can cause a bleeding esophagus, or food tube, which can be fatal). Any internal bleeding can cause death, because often the bleeding is masked. If you have acid reflux, talk to a doctor about treatment options (meds, surgery) & get checked right away. Good luck! Read more...

What is the logic here? I'm supposed to be on esomeprazole for a bleeding stomach ulcer but I can't afford it so I'm on omeprazole (free from hospital) but it doesn't work as well as ranitidine (otc)

People are different. Esomeprazole is anecdotally more effective than omeprazole, but the medications are essentially the same. Studies show Omeprazole is more effective than ranitidine in reducing stomach acid, so it is most commonly prescribed for ulcers, but everyone is different, so you may get more personal relief from the ranitidine. Read more...
Not unusual. Esomeprazole and Omeprazole are both proton pump inhibitors, and 6 week course is usually needed to treat a benign gastric ulcer. It is not unusual for one to tolerate or feel better on one vs the other, but both should be effective generally. Ranitidine falls into the category of an h2blocker which is an older med for this, but doses to treat would be 150mg twice daily for 8 wks. F/u w GI doc. Read more...
Medication. There is no 'logic'. There is the reality. Stop the drug that does not work and start the drug that does. Just inform your physician that you have changed course. Read more...

Constant acid refulux for 3 years, stomach/navel burning, chest pain and loss of appetite and stool streaking with blood. Possible stomach ulcer?

Possible. See a doctor soon. Seeing red blood on your stool usually means 2 possible things: it is coming from a stomach or small intestine rapidly bleeding ulcer, or it is coming from a lower source like a hemorrhoid (if you're constipated this is likely it). Rarer inflammatory causes exist too. If you've had acid for many years you are at risk for an ulcer, you should be taking an acid-blocking medicine. Read more...

Why does a stomach ulcer from taking to much NSAIDs cause positive occult blood test, nausea, & mild cramping. Hgb is stable. Dr. said to up Prilosec?

Ulcers can bleed. The main answer would be that ulcers can bleed. And when they bleed, the released blood travels quickly through the GI tract and mixes with your stool, so that it reveals itself in a stool occult blood test. Nausea and cramping also go along with an ulcer. Read more...
Blood in stool. When you have irritation and disruption of the mucosal lining in the form ulcer may be oozing blood found as occult blood. Bu not not all occult blood are from the ulcer either. If there is blood and you believe it is from the stomach better have it looked at it, so that other sources are not missed. Read more...
Need further Dx Endo. By blocking the Cox-1 enzyme and disrupting the production of prostaglandins in the stomach, NSAIDs can cause ulcers and bleedin. Advanced age + H.pylori taking NSAID, have increased risk of bleeding and ulcers,and HP should be eradicated in this group. FOBT + should be further investigated with Endo. Recent study suggest that the GI risks associated with NSAIDs can be potentiated when given w/PPI. Read more...