Understanding the Peptic Ulcer Disease

PUD, or Peptic Ulcer Disease, afflicts millions of Americans each year. There are many places that PUD can be located. These regions are: the duodenum, Meckle’s Diverticulum, the esophagus and the stomach. The pain and misery from an ulcer can greatly affect a person’s quality of life.

But there is a lot of misinformation floating around about what the different types of ulcers are called and what the most common cause of an ulcer actually is. You have to know the difference in order to understand the treatment and how to live with your condition. You need the facts rather than be steered towards old wives tales or fictional information.

PUD of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer. One in the throat is an esophageal ulcer. If the PUD is located in the duodenum, then it is a duodenal one. A PUD in the Meckle’s Diverticulum, which is a small enlarged bulge in the small intestine and is present at birth, is basically an intestinal ulcer.

You can find ulcers all over the body. Some people with diabetes will develop a leg one sometime during their life. Very few ulcers are a stomach one, but those that are malignant tumors in 4% of cases, must be diagnosed with a biopsy.

There are different methods in which Peptic Ulcer Disease is treated. If the mucous on the surface of the inner lining of the gastrointestinal tract has not formed a full sore, then you may be able to help it heal by the use of antacids. If it has and there is H pylori infection present, then you will need an antibiotic to clear the infection.

The doctor will also prescribe medicines to help heal the ulcer and reduce the stomach acid. There will be food items that you will need to avoid for awhile. Spicy food in particular can cause stomach acids to rise.

You may never get rid of your Peptic ulcer, but at least you can have a semi-normal life and get out and live some. If you take your medications and go in for regular checkups, then hopefully your ulcer will heal.

One final note: stress can exacerbate an ulcer too. You may want to consider finding some stress relief methods such as meditation or aromatherapy to help you learn to relax. A therapist may be able to talk with you about your stress and find reasonable ways to help lower your stress level or at least make it manageable.