Peptic Ulcer Disease

Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologists & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

If you experience a severe burning sensation in your stomach, you could be suffering from peptic ulcer disease. Tillman Medical Group’s team of expert gastroenterologists can give you relief. Visit C. R. Tillman, MD, and Kellen Jex, MD, in Vidalia, Louisiana, for a proper diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan to get you feeling normal again. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Peptic Ulcer Disease Q & A

What is peptic ulcer disease?

Peptic ulcers develop when acid in your digestive tract burns away the inner surface of your small intestine or stomach, creating a painful, open sore.

The acid eats away at the protective layer of mucus that protects your digestive tract from acid. If the acid is too strong or if the protective layer is too weak, a peptic ulcer can form.

Your specialist at Tillman Medical Group can carefully diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan to get you well.

What are the symptoms of peptic ulcer disease?

With symptoms only showing up in a quarter of people who have it, it’s possible that you might never notice any problems. However, the most obvious and common symptom of a peptic ulcer is burning stomach pain.

Other symptoms include:

  • Heartburn
  • Queasiness
  • Intolerance to fatty foods
  • Bloated feeling
  • Burping

Severe signs might include:

  • Vomiting blood
  • Dark, tarry stools
  • Bloody stools
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Difficulty breathing

If you experience any signs of a peptic ulcer, see the team at Tillman Medical Group for an exam. They have the expertise to diagnose and treat your condition.

What causes peptic ulcer disease?

Causes of peptic ulcer disease include:

Helicobacter pylori bacteria (H. pylori)

  1. pylori typically resides in the protective layer of mucus in your digestive tract, which can cause inflammation and lead to the development of an ulcer.

Pain relievers

Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief can irritate your small intestine and stomach, increasing your chances of developing a peptic ulcer.

Other avoidable causes that put you at an increased risk of developing a peptic ulcer include smoking, drinking alcohol, and having high levels of stress.

Can peptic ulcer disease be prevented?

You can practice home remedies to help avoid the onset of peptic ulcer disease. Do your best to protect yourself from developing infections by washing your hands and eating food that has been completely cooked. You should also be careful about the use of NSAID pain relievers since they can affect the lining of your stomach.

Talk to your doctor at Tillman Medical Group about ways to protect your stomach lining to avoid the development of ulcers.

If you’re having issues with your digestive tract that indicate you might have a peptic ulcer, call your doctor today at Tillman Medical Group for an appointment. You can also click the online booking tool.