'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

I was diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer. It wasn't from bacteria so my guess would probably be stress or meds because I did take prednisone for bronchitis

Hello, tommorrow will make 8 weeks since my endoscopy. I was diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer. It wasn't from bacteria so my guess would probably be stress or meds because I did take prednisone for bronchitis and I take aleeve from time to time. My question is how long does it take for this to heal. I heard 6 to 8 weeks but I don't think I'm healed all the way. I still get the bloat which is the worst. It's hard finding something to eat. I've lost about 22 pounds which is good but I just want this to be over and plus I've been having sinus issues also. Been to the ent he said it's allergies but had allergy test done and it's negative. My nose and ears are stopped up and causes vertigo. Can this be from my ulcer symptoms. Any suggestions. Ps has anyone on here completely healed from their ulcer?

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Stephanie Anne Taft
Hi Adrien. I also tested negative for h poly pori. But I did take perisidonne three times in the last three months. I wonder if its that. I've not lost weight though. Rantidine doesn't seem to do a lot.

Adrien Dalton
Ms Stephanie Anne Taft I was first put on pantiprosole which I took for 3 weeks with no change. I even had omeprosole it didn't help. Ranitidine 150 twice a day is the only thing that's helped, plus I take mylanta to aid in the indigestion relief. But what has helped me is this smoothie by bolts farm called green goodness it seems as if it coats my stomach. I'm 8 weeks in and just want it to be over. I know my family and friends are tired of me talking about it

Adrien Dalton
I'm in my 8th week and I'm starting to feel a little better. It does take time. I changed my diet and that has helped but I guess time is the thing we need. Time plus God. Well hope all goes well with you I struggled miserably the first few weeks just wishing this would go away

Stephanie Anne Taft
I'm also on lazoprosole and gaviscon liquid and tablets. I've totally changed my diet. No coffee no fizzy pop no processed food no vinegar no fruit no alcohol and nothing citric. I'm in my 7th week. Going back to work tomorrow. Dr wanted me to stay off but I've been off long enough. My family are also tired off hearing it. I'll always listen to you if that helps.

Adrien Dalton
Thanks so much it's good having someone who knowa what you are going through

Adrien Dalton
So what exactly do you eat

Stephanie Anne Taft
Wholemeal bread. Oh I have no dairy either. Almond or coconut milk. I miss yoghurts and fruit. Homemade soup. Rich tea biscuits. Broghies . I tried rice cakes they were nasty. Chicken. Beef. Fish. Vegetables. Its a lot of trial and error at the minute

Adrien Dalton
Stephanie Anne Taft yes it is trial and era. I found that okra helped me. Smothered okra because of the slime it coats the ulcer

Adrien Dalton
I only ate field peas and rice with smothered okra everyday because I could tolerate it

Stephanie Anne Taft
I don't know what okra is. Yes I have rice and peas too. My tummy gets so bloated but I have a burning gnawing hunger that's hurting even as I'm
Adrien Dalton Are you serious you don't know what okra is lol you must not be from the south

Stephanie Anne Taft
South of where? No I don't. I'm a teacher too

Adrien Dalton
I'm from Louisiana

Penny Betts Perkins
I am from Michigan and I’ve heard of okra 😊

Adrien Dalton
Penny Betts Perkins it's great in gumbo

Jillian Erin
Adrien talk allergies with me. We have a whole slew in my house. Which allergies did they test you for? Pollen allergies and food allergies can cause the nasal swelling and congestion. Have you tried Flonase nasal spray? That stuff really works!

Adrien Dalton
Well my nose just stays stopped up and my ears. It gives me vertigo. I have had a cat scan and everything. I had the allergy test done it says I'm mildly allergic to dust nights. I had the blood allergy test done and it said I wasn't allergic to anything. But my turbinates are swollen and the ent says it's allergies. I have taken azelastin flonase and xyzol and nothing works

Jillian Erin
No kidding! Wow I am surprised. Vertigo is the worst. How often do you get that? I get vertigo from something called benign positioning vertigo. It is position based, as the name says. If I turn my head certain ways the room spins. But it comes from crystals becoming dislodged in the ear canals. I do these maneuvers and they go back in place, stopping the vertigo. This doesn't sound like what you have going on, correct?

Adrien Dalton
Adrien Dalton I have been feeling like this for over a month now everyday

Adrien Dalton
I have the vertigo plus nasal congestion which makes it hard to breath plus indigestion form the ulcer which also make it hard to breath.

Jillian Erin
Sometimes people can have an intolerance to foods. It doesn't show up on an allergy test because it's not the type of allergy that causes the release of histamine in the body. You could just try cutting out dairy for a week to see if the nasal and ear issues subside. Not going to lie. It's hard! My son has a life threatening dairy allergy. It was a huge adjustment to remove it from the house, but now I am used to it.

Jillian Erin
If you have the vertigo non stop and it is not from turning your head only, it is something else. The worst time for me is rolling over in bed. Or getting up from bed (lying down to standing).

Jillian Erin
The ENT exam and the endoscopy didn't show reflux right?

Adrien Dalton
It showed an ulcer but it showed some reflux. He dilated my esophagus because their was a small structure where my esophagus and stomach meet. But my throat is not scared are anything and I don't get the acid backing up in my throat I only get indigestion in my chest area

Stephanie Anne Taft Jillian I've stopped all dairy. Found out today I can't have melon either.

Jillian Erin
I was wondering if dairy might be causing congestion for Adrien.

Adrien Dalton
Jillian Erin I was tested for food allergies and it was negative. I'm not allergic to anything pollen mold pets food etc

Adrien Dalton
The only thing is my daughter has a German shepherd and we allow it to stay inside but only in her room it's not allowed to roam . Maybe that's it, but I tested negative for pet allergies

Jillian Erin
Does the timing line up for when this started?

Adrien Dalton
Well the German Shepard has been in the house now for 2 years

Adrien Dalton
I think this has to do with the reflux

Jillian Erin
Damn reflux!!! Do you stop eating 2 hours before bed? That has helped me a bit. Also, lying on my left side with a bunch of pillows elevating my head. Not the most comfortable.

Adrien Dalton
Yes I don't eat after 7 or 8 and I lay down on my side

Adrien Dalton
I might need to start exercising

Lauri Walther
I believe gut problem cause many health issues. As if it isn’t working properly everything in your body seems to either hurt or isn’t working quite right. I wish I knew how long is takes to heal. It’s so painful and makes you so depressed. Hope you feel better soon .

Charlotte Martinek Mine took 8-9 months with high dose of PPI and dietary changes. Endoscopy confirmed healing! I know it can be discouraging but it will heal and most much sooner than mine.

Adrien Dalton
I sure hope so me charlotte

Adrien Dalton
How long did it take for the pain to stop

Charlotte Martinek Adrien Dalton - I did have some pain although it got better up until my last endoscopy. I think my stomach still had some irritation even after ulcer headed. But the pain lessened over time.

Charlotte Martinek
Also I wanted to add that when I had my first endoscopy after taking PPI for 12 weeks (they had suspected ulcer because of symptoms) the ulcer was still there. So doctor changed and upped PPI dose. When do you have endoscopy to verify stomach healed and if it hasn’t maybe talk to doctor about dose for PPI. I also completed stopped drinking any coffee, wine, tea, carbonated drinks and chocolate. I added DGL supplement that you can find in health store.

Adrien Dalton
Charlotte Martinek he told me that I didn't have to come back unless the pain didn't stop. I guess he figured mine's wasn't bad. I have an ulcer due to either meds are stress mine's was not from bacteria

Charlotte Martinek
Hope you feel better soon Adrien.

Penny Betts Perkins
I was reading the other day that gerd/acid reflux can cause post nasal drip. You said you were having sinus problems....is it drainage down your throat? I have horrible drainage, Claritin D and nose spray is not stopping it, I think it may be from gerd 🙁

Adrien Dalton
Yes a little. I mainly have swollen turbinates which cause my ears to be stopped up and gives me virtigo

Adrien Dalton
Also my nasal passages are constantly blocked

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