Peptic Ulcers in Thibodaux, LA

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Common among a wide range of patients, peptic ulcers are open sores that occur in the stomach (referred to as a gastric ulcer) or upper small intestine (called a duodenal ulcer) that often result in bleeding, discomfort, and pain. The type of cells that make up the stomach lining are covered by a mucus layer that helps protect the stomach against damage. If this protective structure is damaged, then the stomach acid erodes and damages the tissue found behind the protective structure.

While anyone can develop peptic ulcers, some may have an increased risk if they are 50 or older or peptic ulcers run in their family. The digestive health specialists at Digestive Health Center offer personalized care for this type of health condition. If you need treatment for peptic ulcers in Thibodaux, LA, please get in touch with your nearest location to request a personalized consultation.

As explained above, a peptic ulcer occurs when tissue in the stomach or small bowel is exposed to stomach acid (called pepsin). This acid then begins to break down the tissue in the stomach or small bowel. There are two causative factors, however, behind why erosion of the stomach lining occurs.

Helicobacter pylori

Helicobacter pylori, often known simply as H. pylori, is a variation of bacteria that can enter a person's body in a variety of ways. If it enters, it can invade the layer of mucus lining the stomach. This produces holes in that lining which can lead to ulcerations. If helicobacter pylori is detected, one of our providers can prescribe antibiotics to help eliminate the destructive bacteria.

Pain relievers

Certain pain relievers, for example nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin, can keep your body from making a chemical that functions to help protect the inner walls of your stomach and small intestine.

Other variations of pain relievers, like Tylenol (acetaminophen), will not cause the formation of stomach and small intestine ulcers. As such, medical practitioners recommend taking pain medication in small and controlled dosages.

Risk factors for peptic ulcers

Other factors that elevate the risk of developing duodenal or gastric ulcers are:

  • Smoking
  • Regular use of NSAIDs
  • Eating foods that are spicy or acidic
  • Stress
  • Drinking alcohol

Our gastroenterologists can identify the signs and symptoms of peptic ulcers and help pinpoint what might be the source of the GI condition.

Since peptic ulcers are really open sores in the small intestine or stomach, people will often report discomfort and a burning sensation in the abdomen when this condition occurs. Other commonly experienced signs of peptic ulcers can include:

  • Belching
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Fatty food intolerance
  • Blood in the stool
  • Loss of appetite

If you experience blood in your stool or if you vomit, call your physician promptly. If you notice any combination of the above symptoms or use nonprescription antacids that ease your pain but the pain comes back, set up a visit at Digestive Health Center as soon as possible.

With the proper medical attention, peptic ulcers can be treated and can heal. Peptic ulcer treatment options in Thibodaux, LA might involve:

  • Cytoprotective agents (medication to protect the lining of the stomach and small intestine)
  • Acid-reducing medication (H-2 blockers)
  • Antacids to neutralize stomach acid
  • Surgery
  • Reduce the use of specific types of pain relievers
  • Endoscopic procedures to cauterize bleeding arteries
  • Antibiotics to kill helicobacter pylori
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Our gastroenterologists provide peptic ulcer treatment to Thibodaux, LA patients and endeavor to help you enjoy your life in the absence of pain or discomfort. Please call Digestive Health Center so that you can learn more about your options for care and learn about the patient-centered care we provide. Set up your consultation today.

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