Can your stomach pain be a sign of peptic ulcers?

What are peptic ulcers? by Mario Rosenberg

Can your stomach pain be a sign of peptic ulcers?

Treatment for peptic ulcers may be more simple than you think.

What are peptic ulcers?

Peptic ulcers are how health professionals refer to lesions in the gastrointestinal tract. These ulcers usually appear when the internal layer of the digestive system is damaged by the acid and enzymes secreted into the stomach.

They occur more often in the stomach and upper portion of the intestine. Peptic ulcers happen less frequently in other parts of the digestive tract such as the esophagus and lower sections of the bowels.

It is estimated that half a million people in the US develop peptic ulcers every year. Most of those people are aged 25 to 64 years old.

What are the leading causes of peptic ulcers?

The most common cause of a peptic ulcer is the infection by a type of bacteria called H. pylori. These bacteria act by decreasing the resistance of the stomach lining against acid secretion, favoring ulcer formation. 

H. pyloriare believed to be present in almost half of the people who develop ulcers, and the treatment of the infection seems to reduce the occurrence of ulcerations significantly.

Another very common cause of peptic ulcers is the long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and diclofenac.

What are the symptoms?

Peptic ulcers are usually marked by intense pain or a burning sensation on the upper part of the stomach. The pain comes and goes, and it happens more frequently when the stomach is empty. Stomach pain at night is also common. 

Food ingestion and use of antacids usually alleviate the pain, and that is one of the most striking characteristics of peptic ulcers.

Some other symptoms like vomiting, indigestion and loss of appetite might also be present.

How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?

Your specialist will first evaluate your symptoms and health history. After that, an endoscopy can be used to observe the internal lining of the stomach and the beginning of intestine. The gastroenterologist may also request a urea breath test or an endoscopic biopsy [Office1] to assess the presence of H. pylori

What is the treatment?

For people who test positive for H. pylori, the recommended treatment includes a course of antibiotics combined with medication that decreases the production of stomach acid, like pantoprazole and rabeprazole.

In case the peptic ulcers are caused by something else other than the bacteria, the best course of action is the use of suppressors of acid production on a long-term basis. Treatment with medication is enough to cure the ulcers in most cases.

Your specialist may also recommend some lifestyle changes such as stopping or reducing the use of NSAIDs if possible, alcohol abstinence and changes in diet.

It is essential to be aware that, depending on your health history, ulcers can come back. For that reason, it is important to notice the triggers and habits that cause symptoms. For most people, peptic ulcers can be cured, and it is indispensable that you search for a specialist that can evaluate your symptoms thoroughly and come up with an action plan.

If you are experiencing stomach pain or have any question or concerns, you can contact us hereto be evaluated by our team of professionals.

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 [Office1]Link to endoscopy post

Crohn’s Disease: How to find out if you have it and how to treat it.

What is Crohn’s Disease?Crohn’s disease (CD) is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that consists of chronic and persistent inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. The inflammation is caused by the excessive activation of the immune system, which makes Crohn’s an autoimmune disease. CD afflicts around 1 in every 400 people, being a little more common among women than in men.

Crohn’s Disease: How to find out if you have it and how to treat it

What you need to know to take the first steps to start treating Crohn’s Disease

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease (CD) is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that consists of chronic and persistent inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. The inflammation is caused by the excessive activation of the immune system, which makes Crohn’s an autoimmune disease. CD afflicts around 1 in every 400 people, being a little more common among women than in men.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of CD are abdominal pain (more commonly on the lower right side), diarrhea, bloody stools and vomiting. In some cases, people can also suffer from malnutrition, due to inadequate absorption of nutrients.

What are the causes?

CD is caused by over-activation of the immune system in the intestines, and it might be triggered by environmental factors such as infections, use of medication, smoking, diet, and stress. Some studies indicate that bacterial infections in the digestive tract can initiate IBD in susceptible people.

Medications like aspirin and non-steroid anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, diclofenac, etc.) can trigger or cause a relapse of CD. The use of antibiotics can also play a role in activation of Crohn’s due to its effect on the good bacteria that resides in the gut. Dietary triggers may not be universal and may vary a lot from person to person, but it has been shown that high consumption of fiber from fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of CD, while higher animal protein intake seems to increase it.

How to get the diagnosis?

Laboratory blood tests can help to diagnose and evaluate the severity of Crohn’s disease. Your doctor can request blood tests to investigate the presence of antibodies and reactive proteins and also a blood count to check the level of white blood cells. These tests would give information about the level of inflammation in your intestine.

Colonoscopy is a helpful tool in the diagnosis of CD. It can help your doctor to evaluate the presence of lesions in the lining of the digestive tract. During the procedure, the doctor can also remove a tissue sample for analysis, to investigate the presence of inflammatory cells. Other exams may also be requested such as endoscopy and tomography.

It is fundamental for an accurate diagnosis that you get asked the right questions. It is easy for a non-experienced doctor to mistake CD by other gastrointestinal disorders like Ulcerative Colitis, IBS[Office2] , Celiac Disease and infections. Information about the nature, duration and severity of your symptoms will lead your doctor in the direction of the right diagnosis.

What is the treatment?

The goal of the treatment of CD is to reduce the symptoms and decrease the frequency of relapses. You may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and immune modulators to help lessen the inflammation. With your doctor’s help, you can also introduce lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking or eating certain foods, based on your personal triggers.

Crohn’s disease might be tricky to diagnose, and it may take a few adjustments until you find the perfect treatment for you. For that reason, it is essential to see a trustworthy and experienced physician to help you through your journey.

If you need to get started on therapy, you can contact Dr. Mario Rosenberg’s team with any questions and concerns.

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What do you know about IBS?

What you need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

and how to stop it from affecting your life.

 For a lot of people, abdominal pain and discomfort happens quite regularly and might have a negative impact on day-to-day life. A lot of the times, these symptoms start for no apparent reason, and it may be difficult to find out their cause. Those gastrointestinal symptoms could be signs of a very common disorder: IBS. 

 What is IBS?

 Irritable Bowel Syndrome, most commonly known as IBS, is a chronic gastrointestinal condition which affects from 9 to 23% of the world population. Most of the times, IBS presents itself as pain or discomfort in the abdominal region, that usually gets better after defecation.

 What are the symptoms?

 IBS is frequently misdiagnosed since it is usually associated with other disorders such as reflux, headaches and backaches.

In some people, IBS occurs predominately as episodes of diarrhea, while in other people it is associated with constipation. It can also be mixed, with alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation.

 What are the causes?

 Causes and triggers of IBS are still unclear, but it seems that the symptoms are caused by disruption on the movement of the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, that can lead to either constipation or loose motions.

Although it is hard to pinpoint the exact cause of IBS, some individual and environmental factors seem to be associated with its occurrence, such as:

 •    Infections and activation of the immune system;

•    Excessive growth of gut bacteria;

•    Some psychological factors like anxiety and depression.

 How is it diagnosed?

 Most doctors agree that IBS is diagnosed if a person has had abdominal discomfort and changes in the frequency of defecation or in stool consistency for at least 12 weeks. These symptoms don’t have to be consecutive and will improve after passing feces.

 Are there any treatments?

 Yes, there is. Due to its diverse symptoms, treatment for IBS can target different aspects of the condition and is more effective if tailored to individual cases.

In general, there are some therapies and lifestyle changes worth trying:

 •    Adding physical exercise to your routine

•    Restricting foods that seem to trigger or worsen your IBS

•    Decreasing the amount of sugar, alcohol and fat in your diet

•    Increasing your fiber intake

•    Restricting lactose – which appears to be helpful for most people who have IBS

•    Use of medication to treat the symptoms 

 If you have similar and unspecific symptoms, you may find that visits to the doctors are frustrating and unproductive. 

This is why is necessary to find a gastroenterologist who has experience with IBS and can guide you through the therapy options. It is crucial that you see the right doctor, who will listen attentively and answer all your questions.

If you have been to doctors and experienced a lack of understanding of your problem, do not feel discouraged. IBS symptoms should not be dismissed, and you should get a second opinion.

 Our qualified health professionals are available to answer to your enquiries and to book you in for a more in-depth evaluation.

You can contact us here.

Dr. Mario Rosenberg in Beverly hills.

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Dr. Mario Rosenberg Offers Gastroenterologist Expert Care & Cutting-edge Treatments For Patients With Stomach & Intestinal Ailments. General Screenings For Colon Cancer Are Also Available.

 

Dr. Mario Rosenberg Offers Gastroenterologist Expert Care & Cutting-edge Treatments For Patients With Stomach & Intestinal Ailments. General Screenings For Colon Cancer Are Also Available.