Ulcer Symptoms in Women

Ulcer symptoms in women are found to be just the same with men. Still, these symptoms may vary from one woman to another depending on her health condition. Some may experience mild to no symptoms at all while others display the signs even during the early stages of ulcers. Ulcer symptoms may mimic those of GERD and gallbladder disease, so it is very important to visit the doctor for accurate diagnosis.

The right treatment can help relieve the ulcer symptoms as well as aid in preventing complications from happening. Doctors may combine various treatment options, like medications and life style changes, to speed up recovery. Patients should avoid self-medication and consult the doctor instead.

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Causes of ulcer symptoms in women

Symptoms of ulcers are caused by the sores or ulcers that developed on the inner lining of the stomach, duodenum or esophagus. There a number of reasons why sores develop, including:

  • Excessive production of stomach acid
  • H. pylori infection (helicobacter pyloricus)
  • Smoking
  • NSAIDs overuse

Some women are more prone to developing ulcer symptoms than others and this is primarily because they have the risk factors, such as:

  • Above 50 years old
  • Family history of gastric ulcer
  • Smoker and alcoholic
  • Suffering from liver, kidney or lung disease

Ulcer symptoms in women

Ulcers could have a mild to serious effects to the affected individuals, depending on their overall health. Some of the symptoms of the condition are bloating, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, dizziness and hunger pains.

While these are the general effects of ulcer in women which may resolve with or without treatment, there are symptoms that require an immediate trip to the doctor or hospital. These are:

  • Throwing up blood

This could be blood itself or in the form of a dark substance that comes with the vomit. Women throwing up blood need immediate care and should be taken to the hospital right away.

  • Black or bloody stools

Bloody or black feces also need prompt medical treatment as it signifies bleeding within the digestive system.

It is extremely important to not ignore the signs of ulcer as the condition could lead to more serious conditions if left untreated. Gastric ulcer may result in severe internal bleeding and infection of the abdominal cavity. An infected abdominal cavity disrupts the normal digestive process by restricting the passage of food into the intestines which could result in weight loss and even malnutrition.

Treatment for ulcer symptoms in women

Ulcer symptoms in women require proper diagnosis by means of endoscopy or gastrointestinal X-ray. Depending on the underlying cause, the patient may be required to take certain medications to counterbalance the stomach acids; to get rid of the H. pylori bacteria; and to protect the lining of the stomach, intestines and esophagus. Part of the treatment is to avoid the things that could aggravate the symptoms of ulcer, such as cigarette smoking and NSAIDs use. Patients should follow doctor’s advice involving routine medical check-ups and assessments.

If diagnosis show that you have H Pylori infection , an appropriate treatment in the form of antibiotics  is given.  You may be prescribed two antibiotic combinations along with Proton Pump Medication (PPI) treatment.  PPI minimize acid levels and heal the ulcers, they include rabeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole and omeprazole.

The doctor may ask you to take this ‘triple therapy’ for a week and find if the H Pylori infection has gone. If it doesn’t go in a week or so, then the doctor may give  you another set of antibiotics.

If H Pylori infection is not there, the treatment is given to reduce stomach acid and treat the ulcer.  Some of these ulcers can be caused due to NSAIDs, so the doctor may ask to take alternative medication.

Upper endoscopy and surgery may also be other forms of treatment to heal ulcer in women as well men.

Prevent ulcer symptoms from complicating in women

  1. Do not smoke
  2. Stop drinking alcohol
  3. Check with the doctor about the NSAIDs and pain-killers you take
  4. Do not drink milk, it give temporary relief but causes more damage. It can cause the stomach to generate more digestive juices and acids which can worsen the ulcer.
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