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If a person eats and then 2-3 hours later, abdominal pain starts to occur, then it might be an ulcer, corret? If it's an ulcer, than why does eating more ease the pain remporarily?

By Anonymous April 21, 2010 - 7:36pm
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Hello Anonymous-

Ulcers are only one source of abdominal pain. Of course, we cannot diagnose you via a website, but the two most common types of ulcers are peptic or gastric ulcers that occur in the stomach, and duodenal ulcers that occur in the duodenum of the small intestine. We have information on digestive issues: http://www.empowher.com/condition/digestive-system

One of the differences in symptoms between these two ulcer locations is when they are painful. Gastric ulcer pain often occurs while food is still in your stomach, while duodenal ulcer pain is often worse 2-3 hours after eating. This has to do with when the most acid for food breakdown is present in each location.

That being said, if you think you have an ulcer, you should see a health care provider. If an ulcer is caused by the H. Pylori bacteria it can be easy to treat, but untreated ulcers can lead to bleeding and other complications. In addition, until you see a professional you cannot even be sure that what you have is an ulcer. There are other digestive problems that have similar symptoms.

Please see a health care provider and get a diagnosis. Good luck.

April 22, 2010 - 7:49am
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