When You Visit Your Doctor - Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have diffuse or localized abdominal pain?
  • Does the pain ever travel to the back or chest?
  • Do you have nausea associated with the pain?
  • Does eating make the pain better or worse?
  • Do you have black or bloody stools?
  • Do you ever vomit blood or material that looks like coffee grounds?
  • Do you take any medications (for example, pain relievers)?
  • Do you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol?
  • Do you drink caffeine-containing beverages?
  • Have you ever been tested or treated for a bacteria called H. pylori that can infect the stomach lining?
  • Do you have a family history of peptic ulcer disease?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Careful abdominal exam
  • Rectal exam

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Stool testing for blood
  • Blood or breath test for the presence of H. pylori
  • Upper endoscopy (internal examination of esophagus, stomach, and duodenum)
  • Upper GI series

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