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Are you Suffering From an Ulcer?

Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 09:36 AM

There are several different types of ulcers or lesions, but they all start with one of three types; gastric, duodenal, or esophageal abscesses. If these lesions are not treated properly, they can become more damaging and turn into bleeding sores or a perforated ulcer. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent any further damage happening to the stomach lining. Lesions can happen with symptoms or without.

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The main symptoms that you will find when suffering from a lesion include:
1. A burning pain in the abdomen that will linger between the navel and the breastbone
2. Nausea
3, Vomiting
4. Loss of appetite
5. Weight Loss
6. Feeling very tired and weak
7. Vomiting blood or having blood in the stool
Having three or more of these symptoms means that you could possibly be suffering from an ulcer. Medical attention is needed so that it can be diagnosed and treated properly. A doctor can diagnose a lesion with several different options. The doctor can perform several tests such as an endoscopic examination or take x-rays. When these tests are performed, they will tell the doctor if there is a possible lesion involved. If there is, the patient will then need to have an upper GI exam performed on them.
This test will make the lesion visible to the doctor on an x-ray. This will allow the doctor to perform further tests to see if the ulcer is cancerous and determine the right treatment. The best way of knowing if you have an ulcer or not is by simply making an appointment with your doctor, especially if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with having an ulcer, the doctor will determine the best action to take, whether it is medications or surgery. The patient, for their part, has to help with the treatment as well by trying to eliminate any stress that they may have in their lives. Patients also need to change their lifestyle and how they eat in order to prevent any more ulcers from forming.

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