Stomach ulcers

youngbob

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Doctor thinks I may have one.
Going for endoscopy in a couple of weeks he's put me on Omeprazole capsules.
Anyone got or had one on here.
I'm 50 have a reasonably healthy diet but am fond of a pint.
Stomach ulcer or endoscopy?
 

domalino

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If you have/are interesting in stomach ulcers it's worth looking up Barry Marshall and how he got the 2005 Nobel prize for physiology.
 

FantasyIreland

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Like Gout,predominantly a lifestyle issue.

Clean up your diet and get some exercise done,and there its almost certain you wont encounter these problems.
 

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It's only relatively recent that they realised that stomach ulcers were NOT caused by stress, diet or lifestyle, but in fact caused by bacteria that can be treated with simple antibiotics. All those years of suffering for nowt!
 

Manc in London

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Doctor thinks I may have one.
Going for endoscopy in a couple of weeks he's put me on Omeprazole capsules.
Anyone got or had one on here.
I'm 50 have a reasonably healthy diet but am fond of a pint.

I had a few issues with my stomach a few years ago (mid 30s). The pain and discomfort was intermittent. I let it ride for several months (typical bloke). I then decided enough was enough so I dragged myself to the doctors. He sent me for a blood test and I was diagnosed as having H Pylori.

Luckily I did not have to have an endoscopy. I was given close to 200 pills to take over three weeks. The pharmacist was not happy with the prescription as one of the sets of pills I was given was an antibiotic mostly used for acne. I trust my doctor though as his specialism in Croatia was gastroenterology and he rang a doctor friend to discuss it.

I took Omeprazole for a couple of weeks or so after and then occasionally when I felt I would need it (e.g. if I was going to eat spicy food or raw onions). Remember, Omeprazole is best used as a preventative course of action, rather something you take to address the pain. To deal with pain, use something like Gaviscon.

If you have H Pylori a bit of advice (may apply in relation to other ulcers too):
  1. Avoid ibuprofen and NSAIDs (you get these in things like cold remedies)
  2. Buy supermarket versions of Gaviscon (half the price and same level of effectiveness). A large Gaviscon can cost £14 and you can go through it quickly
  3. Always have some Gaviscon (supermarket version) in the cupboard
  4. Always have a stock of Omeprazole. Ask for 20mg. 10mg and 5mg have about as much effect as a gnat farting into a gust of wind). Leave some at work and at home
  5. Buy Panadol as an alternative to Ibuprofen. If you must use Ibuprofen, take a 20mg of ibuprofen beforehand as well as a substantial meal
  6. If you suffer from heartburn, sleep on your left hand side
  7. Some antibiotics and steroids can cause issues, have a meal and take Omeprazole beforehand.
Over the next few years, I had two bouts of gastritis. One because I stupidly took ibuprofen on an empty stomach and after drinking a lot of alcohol. Then on another occasion, I unwillingly took something containing NSAIDs.

For a while, take Omeprazole before you eat something acidic, spicy or fatty.

I have not had a problem for several years. I eat what I want and I very rarely take Omeprazole. I have probably took it twice in two years (to take with antibiotics and some steroids) to prevent any issues. They were worked perfectly fine as I had no pain or discomfort at all
 
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