Post # 1
Uggg so I think I have a stomach ulcer :(. I’ve been really stressed from a few different things. This pain hurts like no other! At first I thought it was just cramps & took some midol, didn’t help, so i took ibprofen. The cramps turned into an ulcer & those dumb pain meds made it worse! I’m not 100% sure its an ulcer, I usually try to work my way thru it but I don’t want it to turn into something serious. I feel so bad :(. Point of the post, besides complaining :P, is do I HAVE to go to the dr for an ulcer??
Post # 3
Ummmmmm I don’t know but I really think you should. I thought I had an ulcer, turns out it was just constipation. ….that may have been Too Much Information.
Anyway, I would recommend going to see a doctor, or at least calling one to explain your symptoms and see what they recommend (either that you come in or what to do at home).
Post # 4
This is some info presuming you actually have an ulcer. A physician would also help rule out other conditions, etc. If you have severe pain or concerns you could always consider going to an urgent care center (if there are any open ones in your area).
The most common cause of stomach ulcers is a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. The symptoms can become worse due to NSAID use (ibuprofen) and stress (among other things). As it’s a bacteria, antibiotics are required to get rid of the problem. Over-the-counter H2-antagonists (ranitidine) and proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec) may temporarily relieve issues but they will not fix the issue has they will not kill the bacteria. As antibiotics are only prescribed by a physician, nurse practitioner, etc. you may need to see one.
I’m a pharmacy student, not a physician. There is a lot of good info here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/DS00242/DSECTION=causes
Post # 5
I would go to the doctor! Could be appendicitis or something serious.
Post # 6
Yes! Most ulcers are due to bacteria called H. pylori, which is also a risk factor for some stomach cancers. Untreated ulcers can bleed or break through the stomach wall, also majority of ulcers come back if untreated. So I would get it checked out, it could also be something else and not an ulcer.
Post # 7
Agree with the rest- you REALLY should go. Only the doc can tell you if it is an ulcer or something else, and you may need meds to make it go away.
Post # 8
You need to go to the doctor! My fiance had an ulcer, and blatantly ignored it. Well it eventually turned into him throwing up blood and having to go to the ER at 3 am.
I would definitely recommend going to the doctor. Also it wouldn’t hurt to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and pain meds until a doctor rules an ulcer out.
Post # 9
Abdominal pain in young women has an extensive differential diagnosis, so rather than trying to self-diagnose, I would make an appointment with your regular physician to discuss.
Post # 10
I agree with the ladies above – rather than self-diagnosing, definitely see a doctor. My brother thought he had an ulcer, since every time he ate anything acidic or spicy, he would have major pain in his stomach. It turned out to be his gallbladder rather than an ulcer. He had stones and eventually got his gallbladder removed.
Point is, it’s never good to just assume you know what it is. See a doctor so that he/she can properly diagnose you and get you the help you need!
Post # 11
I would go to the doctor. I had an ulcer from ages 13-21 from stressing dealing with my parents divorce. I would be sick every morning because of all the acid in my stomach. Stress produces a lot of acid, which eats the lining of your stomach, which is why you get severe stomach pains. I was on prevacid for a long time and when my brother went into the Military my stress got even worse and it became a bleeding ulcer where I was spitting up blood.
YOu need to go see a doctor, the acid in your stomach will eat a hole into the lining of your stomach and make things worse if you dont get medication.
Post # 12
Yes!!!! Go to the doctor!!! Drink lots and buy yourself some antacids in the meantime, it may help. (If it’s from too much acid like I had, and like Mrs.Cox said)
But go to the doctor!!!!
Post # 13
Thank you everyone… I reluctantly went to the doctor & they told me its an ulcer. Actually, they really thought I was pregnant at first from the way I described it, but I know I’m not. They drew my blood to test for the ulcer bacteria & to make sure it wasn’t pancreatitis. I’ve got some meds & was told to de-stress & no spicy foods. I hadn’t been to the dr in years, but for the peace of mind knowing I won’t have a hole in my tummy, & a now not as worried Fiance, I’ll be good :).
Post # 14
You SHOULD get it checked out. If not, you’ll be constantly worrying about it being an ulcer and you’ll actually get an ulcer. The last thing you need is to worry on the big day.
Post # 14
Stassney: When he went after throwing up blood did they have to do surgery or anything?