If you’re experiencing burning stomach pain, it could be from a peptic ulcer. Dr. Maher Almoudarres has served the Brooklyn community of New York City for over 20 years. A skilled gastroenterologist, Dr. Almoudarres specializes in treating gastrointestinal inflammation like ulcers and relieving the pain that comes with them. If you’re experiencing stomach pain, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.
A peptic ulcer is an open sore in your stomach lining or upper small intestine (duodenum).
There are several types of peptic ulcer, including gastric and duodenal. Gastric ulcers are in the stomach; duodenal are in the duodenum.
Burning stomach pain is the most common symptom of a peptic ulcer, especially when your stomach is empty. Additional symptoms include:
When you have a peptic ulcer, you might also have difficulty keeping fatty foods down.
Peptic ulcers are usually caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). This bacteria occurs naturally in the stomach and small intestine. It’s usually harmless, but can sometimes cause inflammation that results in ulcers.
Additional causes include long-term use of pain relievers, aspirin, and some prescription medications. Contrary to popular belief, peptic ulcers aren’t caused by spicy food or stress, but those things can exacerbate your symptoms.
If left untreated, peptic ulcers can cause internal bleeding, infections, and obstructions in your digestive tract.
To diagnose your peptic ulcer and help it heal, Dr. Almoudarres will closely evaluate your symptoms and conduct a full physical examination.
Based on your exam, Dr. Almoudarres might recommend gastrointestinal testing such as an upper endoscopy to examine your upper digestive system. This minimally invasive procedure uses a small camera passed down your esophagus. Through the video images transmitted from the camera, Dr. Almoudarres can examine your esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine for irregularities and bleeding.
Depending on your peptic ulcer diagnosis, Dr. Almoudarres might recommend several courses of treatment to relieve your pain, heal your ulcer, and prevent additional complications. These might include antibiotics and medications to suppress acid production in your stomach.
Your peptic ulcer diagnosis and treatment will depend on your symptoms and overall health. To reach an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Almoudarres conducts an extensive exam with each patient in order to recommend the best treatment plan based on your unique needs.
Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today to manage your peptic ulcer.