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Duodenal Ulcer

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Ulcers can be painful, exhausting and really negatively impact the quality of life for the individual who experiences them.
We are known to "belly ache" about our problems, or to complain that the amount of stress we're under is bound to "give me an ulcer." Unless, however, you've experienced this unfortunate condition, it's difficult to understand.

What is a duodenal ulcer? Let's start even more simply, asking the question: What is the duodenum? Put equally as simply, The duodenum is a short portion of the small intestine connecting the rest of the intestine to the stomach. A duodenal ulcer, then, is an ulcer, or aggravated, raw and painful area in this area, the duodenum.

Many times those who use and abuse alcohol and cigarettes are more likely to develop duodenal ulcers. Also at risk are those with a genetic predisposition, or others in the family with this condition and men over fifty are more likely than women to suffer from these types of ulcers.

A duodenal ulcer is caused when the lining of the stomach is eaten away by stomach acid and digestive juices. A type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, also called H. pylori, commonly causes this.

Stress, ibuprofen, and other anti inflammatory medications can contribute to duodenal ulcers. Getting a regular check up and reporting any symptoms to your health care provider, including recurring heartburn, a burning sensation in the back of the throat, or waking with pain in the middle of the night is highly recommended.
For more details on this subject please click on the following link: http://www.hmc.psu.edu/healthinfo/d/duodenalulcer.htm

Aimee Boyle is a regular contributor to EmpowHer

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