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Physician Referral
Physician Referral

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Colon Cancer
Colon Cancer

Many people with colon cancer experience no
symptoms in the early stages. Learn more about tests/diagnosis, symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment.
Healthy Diets!

Low Residue diets and other special diets.

Gluten-Free Foods

Resources and information for gluten-free foods.
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Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease
Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) occurs when stomach acid penetrates the stomach or duodenal causing sores. One major cause is a bacterium called Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori). Your doctor can prescribe antibiotics that treat H. Pylori. A second cause of ulcers is regular use of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS e.g. Celebrex, Aspirin, BC or Goody powder, Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Aleve) that are commonly used for pain relief. Often, people who develop ulcers on these medications do not have typical symptoms of pain, nausea or vomiting.

Because ulcers can be caused by regular use of NSAIDS, if you are taking over-the-counter pain medications on a regular basis, you should talk with your physician about the potential for ulcers and other GI side effects. Symptoms of ulcers include abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. Serious complications include bleeding, perforation or obstruction. REMEMBER, about half the people who present with a perforated or bleeding ulcer do not report any other prior symptoms.

Ulcers can be healed with medications that can decrease acid production and sometimes these medications need to be taken lifelong, esp. if ulcer was complicated by bleeding or perforation. H. Pylori induced ulcers can be cured in 85-90% people by a course of antibiotics.

For more information, you may visit the following websites:

http://www.acg.gi.org/patients/patientinfo/ulcers.as
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hpylori/index.htm