Sep 3, 2021

Interviewer: Do you get abdominal pain shortly after you eat? It could be an ulcer. Dr. Tom Miller, how could a person know for sure?

Dr. Miller: Basically, if you have persistent upper abdominal pain or if it's recurrent and progressive after meals, you might have an ulcer and have that checked out. It's a gnawing, burning sensation, and especially if it's progressive, that is, getting worse over time.

Interviewer: What are some of the common causes?

Dr. Miller: Some of the common causes are chronic alcohol use. Basically, if you take a large number of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories to treat pain, those are medications like naproxen and ibuprofen. And then if you have a bacterial infection.

Interviewer: And all of those are treatable?

Dr. Miller: All of them are treatable.

Interviewer: And what about stress? I've heard stress can cause ulcers.

Dr. Miller: We used to believe that, and there is this sensation that people get a knot in their stomach when they're stressed out, but generally we don't think that that causes ulcers any longer.

updated: September 3, 2021
originally published: September 7, 2017

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