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   Posted 6/9/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All~

So I had my EGD with bravo testing yesterday... everything went smoothly, and I am recording everything I feel and eat and all that goes along with the bravo...

However... I was told I have 3 ulcers in my duodenum(sp?) (area between the stomach and large intestine). I had an EGD done in October and there was nothing... and now 8 months later I have 3. My dad who talked to the dr(I was pretty out of it still so I dont remember) was told they could be from taking aspirin (I would think you have to take a lot of aspirin in 8 months to have 3 ulcers), but I obviously am not convinced... They did some biopsies and tests for H. Pylori and celiac I believe. So we will see how those come out.

Just wondering if 3 ulcers can just appear... and I am not a pill popper, so its not because of too much aspirin.

Oh, and I was told it takes about a week to get the results from the Bravo test... does this sound about right? Want to make sure so I am not sitting by the phone waiting for results...

Thanks everyone!


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   Posted 6/9/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad your EGD is over and sorry to hear you have some ulcers.
Anatomy and Function of the Stomach
The stomach produces a very strong acid. This acid helps digest and break down food before it enters the small intestine (duodenum). The lining of the stomach is covered by a thick protective mucous layer which prevents the acid from injuring the wall of the stomach.

What Causes Peptic Ulcers?
An ulcer is an open sore in the lining of the stomach or intestine, much like mouth or skin ulcers. Peptic ulcers are eventually caused by acid and pepsin, a digestive stomach enzyme. These ulcers can occur in the stomach, where they are called gastric ulcers. Or they can occur in the first portion of the intestine. These are called duodenal ulcers. "Peptic ulcer" is the term used to describe either or both of these two types of ulcers.

How long does it take an ulcer to form, I do not know but suspect this is a good question for you GI Doc.  It would seem to make sense that it depends on the cause and the amount of stress you are under.

Take care and I am sure someone wiser than I will have a great answer for you.




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   Posted 6/9/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, what would we do without your knowledge! I didn't know about ulcers..never had one...knock on formica.

Jodee, a week sounds just about right..it depends on the Dr., when and where they download the information from your recorder and then the report gets back to your Dr. and he has to read it and get back to you...so you can see how that can take some time. Since I'm not that patient, if I don't hear from them in the time allotted, I would certainly call them!!

I can't say anything about the ulcers, sorry!

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   Posted 6/10/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt and Janice!

Talked with my GI dr and he said to wait for the biopsy results (which can take up to 2 weeks) to see what cause the ulcers... i hate waiting...

I am not a patient person, but I am learning patience through all of this, so I guess thats a good thing.

Just keeping my head up until I can get all of the test results and hear from the surgeon... should be about a week for the bravo to get back, then I hope to move forward with a solution :)

Thanks again, I must say I feel a little better!


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   Posted 6/10/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jodee,
 Correct, the bravo test results will be back in a week. Depending how fast the technician uloads the data into the computer and gives your dr the results.
As for ulcer. I had several egd's.First 2 showed no sign of ulcer but I had other issues. 3rd one showed ulcer which they said was aspirin related .I had started taking aspirin a month prior to the last egd. I dont understand how they want you to take it for heart and blood clottin reasons but then you get side effects suuch as this.Hope this helps.
There are different types of ulcers:

NSAID-Associated Stomach Ulcers

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, commonly used to treat arthritis. NSAIDs make up one of the most widely used classes of medications taken by arthritis patients. However, continuous use of NSAIDs is associated with an increased risk of stomach ulcers.

What Causes NSAID-Associated Stomach Ulcers?

NSAIDs can affect the mucus lining of the stomach, causing ulcers. Many people with NSAID-associated stomach ulcers don't complain of symptoms. That's why it's important to talk to your doctor.

Common side effects of NSAIDs include nausea and stomach upset. In addition, all NSAIDs are associated with an increased risk of stomach ulcers. Only your doctor can diagnose an NSAID-associated ulcer.
Take care

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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jodee,
Well at least you're moving towards finding out what's going on with your GI tract. I have a very reactive stomach, and my doctor has me on an 81mg asprin every 5 days. He says that it's enough to keep your blood thin, without exposing your stomach to as much irritation.

It can be so maddening when doctors don't get back to you with test results. They do say patience is a virtue!
I hope you get some answers, Jodee.
Good luck!
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