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Old 08-19-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Bleeding ulcer caused by acid reflux

Has anyone ever heard of acid reflux causing a bleeding ulcer in the esophagus ? I recently had an upper endoscopy and was told I have a single 1 cm ulcer with stigmata of recent bleeding in the gastroesophagael junction. This surprised me since I've not coughed up any blood and I've not had nausea. Plus I was told that my blood pressure is excellent. The doctor prescribed Carafate to take 4 times a day. Does anyone know if bleeding ulcers can be cured ? I guess this one will be harder to cure since the gastroesophaged junction is probably the first area to be affected by acid reflux. Any thoughts ?

 
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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Re: Bleeding ulcer caused by acid reflux

Yes, unfortunately that can happen.

Those types of erosions usually heal in 4 - 8 weeks with treatment. Carafate is a very good medicine. I imagine you're supposed to take it before each meal and before bed? If you are on any other medicines, you may need to take them before the Carafate, to make sure they are properly absorbed. Ask your pharmacist for more details.

In addition, you'll have to be very careful to avoid triggers for the next few weeks. Don't eat any foods that tend to worsen your reflux, avoid all coffee and alcohol. Eat small meals only, and sit or stand up straight after eating. When you must lie down, the left side may be the best position. If feasible, elevate the head of your bed about 6 inches to reduce nighttime reflux. (Once you're healed, you might be able to loosen these restrictions somewhat, although you might never be able to eat, say, five-alarm chili comfortably.)

 
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:19 AM   #3
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Re: Bleeding ulcer caused by acid reflux

Thanks JaneWhite for the reply. I usually take the Carafate 1 hour before each meal and then right before bed. I have definitely changed my menu. I only drink water and have eliminated spicy and fried foods. I also elevated my bed and sleep on a wedge pillow. Hopefully the Carafate will work.

 
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