- Q What causes esophageal ulcers?
There are several causes of esophageal ulcers, one of which is continual acid reflux. In fact, most people who suffer from esophageal ulcers associate the disorder with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). As a type of peptic ulcer, esophageal ulcers... Full Answer
- Q What causes refractory ulcers?
Several factors may lead to an ulcer becoming refractory. Generally, people experience refractory ulcers because they did not take their medication properly, used alcohol or tobacco, took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin and the like) for a... Full Answer
- Q How can ulcers affect my quality of life?
As long as ulcers receive the treatment they require, they should not have a major effect on your life. The pain and other symptoms that accompany an ulcer may inconvenience you and make you uncomfortable for awhile, but those symptoms will go away after... Full Answer
- Q How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose an ulcer?
Depending on where your possible ulcer is, you may have to prepare differently for your appointment. It is a good idea in general to know your symptoms, including when and where they occur; your medical history; what medications you take; and any... Full Answer
- Q Can other illnesses cause ulcers?
Ulcers can be symptoms of other health problems. Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, can cause peptic ulcers on the intestinal surface as well as large, persistent canker sores (aphthous ulcers). Because ulcers can be a sign of a larger... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my ulcer on a daily basis?
Managing ulcers is mostly about pain management and allowing the ulcer time to heal. If your doctor has prescribed you medication, make sure to take it as advised. If you have a peptic ulcer or aphthous ulcer (canker sore), you should avoid the foods... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my ulcer symptoms?
Whether or not you need to talk to your doctor about your ulcer symptoms depends on the kind of ulcer you think you have, as well as the severity of the pain you are experiencing. If your ulcer symptoms are interfering with your life, it is a good idea... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for ulcers?
The different kinds of ulcers come with their own risk factors. Having any disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract, such as Crohn's disease or an autoimmune disorder, increases your risk for ulcers, and stress can play a role. Peptic... Full Answer