What is an Ulcer?
Ulcers are sores on the lining of the digestive tract. The digestive tract consists of the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Most ulcers are located in the duodenum (upper part of the intestines). These ulcers are called duodenal ulcers. Ulcers located in the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Ulcers in the esophagus are called esophageal ulcers.
Ulcers that don’t heal?
Maximum percentage of all stomach ulcers heals within 1 to 3 months of starting treatment. The Ulcers that do not heal within 1 to 3 months of starting treatment are called as Refractory Ulcers.
Why Ulcers don’t heal?
There are many reasons why ulcers don’t heal. The primary reason is because people don’t take their medicine properly. Sometime they may skip their doses.
If an ulcer is caused by the bacterium Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori), the reason that it is not healing may be because the bacteria are persisting due to the antibiotic that you are taking.
In most serious cases, refractory ulcers may be a result in extreme over production of stomach acid. Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is a condition that causes extreme over production of stomach acid.
Other common reasons as to why ulcers don’t heal can be listed as follows:
- Regular intake of tobacco
- Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
- Chron’s disease
What causes ulcers?
A bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the primary that causes ulcers. Acid and other juices made by the stomach can contribute to ulcers by burning the lining of the digestive system. This can happen if the body makes too much acid or if the lining of the digestive system is damaged. Physical or any type emotional stress may not be the cause of ulcer, but it can aggravate an ulcer.
Ulcers can also be caused by anti-inflammatory medicines. Although most people take these medicines without problems, long-term use may damage the stomach lining and cause ulcers. Anti-inflammatory drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen (one brand name: Motrin), naproxen (brand name: Aleve), ketoprofen (brand names: Actron, Orudis KT) and some prescription drugs for arthritis.
How to treat ulcers that don’t heal?
If there are any complications in order to heal ulcer, you need to consult your doctor immediately. The doctor will examine you and give you more possible diagnose note treatment, if any. Some of the options the doctor might suggest are:
- Eliminate all factors that may interfere with healing
- Take larger doses of medicines
- Take additional medicines
- Surgery (in serious cases)
Other steps healing your ulcer:
- Don’t smoke.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol (or have them only in small amounts and on a full stomach).
- Avoid spicy foods if they cause heartburn.