Peptic Disease (Ulcers)
Peptic ulcers are sores in the inner lining of the stomach or upper small
intestine. They form when the protective layer of the stomach is worn down.
Symptoms of peptic ulcers can include burning pain between the navel and
breastbone, bloating, vomiting, loss of appetite. Some people have no
symptoms at all.
Treatment can cure most ulcers, and symptoms usually go away quickly.
The best way for you and your doctor to know for sure if you have an ulcer
is to undergo a procedure, called an Upper Endoscopy. This procedure allows
a physician to examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and small
intestine. If needed, small samples of tissue (called biopsies) may be
taken. There is no pain or sensation when a biopsy is taken. An endoscopy
is done by a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in digestive diseases.