Many ulcers are caused by a type of bacteria called H. Pylori (heliobactor pylori). The H. Pylori bacteria dig into the mucus at the epithelial cell layer of the stomach and colonize in the lining of the stomach. At this point, you may begin to feel stomach symptoms. Common symptoms of an ulcer include:
- An aching, burning, gnawing pain in the stomach (between the belly button and the breastbone)
- Back pain
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Pain that usually goes away after you taken an antacid or acid reducer
- Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- Passing black stools that look like tar, or stools that contain dark red blood
To diagnose the cause of the ulcer, Dr. John Abroon, our experienced doctor, may recommend an H. Pylori test. H. Pylori testing is simple and non-invasive; the H. Pylori bacteria can be found in the blood, the stool, or the breath. If we find that your ulcer is caused by H. Pylori, Dr. Abroon will develop a unique treatment plan to relieve pain and treat the ulcer. We invite you to call or visit our New York medical office to learn more about H. Pylori testing and how we can treat ulcers.
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