Stomach Ulcers; GERD; Nausea; 051015

Question

I am a 53 year old female having gastric problems and ulcers. The ultrasound showed no problems. I was given Omeprazole, but is there anything else I can take for this issue?

Answer

I would be inclined to make sure that I got treated a little more appropriately. I am not typically a big fan of endoscopy, but you may want to get one done. An ultrasound simply indicates if there is a tumor large enough to be visible. If you have an ulcer and take Omeprazole, this will make exacerbate the problem.

Years ago, medicine at the time thought ulcers were caused by stress exclusively. Over time, modern medicine discovered that gastric ulcers can be caused by a number of things, most commonly infection. By giving someone Omeprazole without treating the underlying infection, it will get worse.

I would recommend locating a different GI doctor and consult them about getting an endoscope. Then, I would get a bacterial culture going to determine whether or not you need to take an antibiotic before continuing with the Omeprazole.

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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