Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Digestive Problems | ulcer | heartburn | reflux | stomach | pain

Is My Heartburn an Ulcer?

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 09:40 AM

Question: I always get heartburn after drinking milk and sometimes water. Is it possible I have ulcers? And, if so, is there a natural cure?


 Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Yes, you might have ulcer disease. Milk actually stimulates secretion of stomach acid, and also relaxes the gastro-esophageal sphincter that normally prevents reflux of gastric secretions into the throat, which can cause heartburn.

So milk can cause increased gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), but ulcer disease is always possible. It can be easily diagnosed by endoscopy and testing for the presence of H pylori bacteria, which cause ulcers.

There are no natural cures for ulcer disease that are effective. It is best to have ulcer disease specifically diagnosed and professionally treated to avoid life-threatening stomach bleeding that used to occur prior to the development of effective oral and intravenous drug treatments that we have now.
 

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Question: I always get heartburn after drinking milk and sometimes water. Is it possible I have ulcers? And, if so, is there a natural cure? Dr. Hibberd's answer: Yes, you might have ulcer disease. Milk actually stimulates secretion of stomach acid, and also relaxes the...
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