Thanks for the responses. I tested negative for H. Pylori.
I went to a digestive specialist and he told me it is probably an ulcer, but he wanted to do an endocopy to be certain. My insurance has a high deductible, so I will have to pay for the procedure. I wanted to try a PPI for few weeks to see if the problem clears up.
If my problem is an ulcer, how long will it take to go away after beginning toPrilosec?
That depends on how large the ulcer is and how you heal as compared to others. I would try 4-6 weeks. Most claim that an ulcer can clear up in that time. You may have to stay on this drug for awhile longer than that period in order to prevent what caused the ulcer in the first place. You will just have to determine how you feel at that time.
Mastic Gum is a resin from trees grown in Greece and has been used for stomach problems for hundreds of years. It has been determined to kill H.Pylori bacteria. I have used it for gastritis and it works well along with a probiotic supplement.
The antibiotics that are used for H.pylori bacteria ulcers are very strong and sometimes cause gastritis and yeast/candida problems in sensitive people. And the gastritis as well as yeast infection are very often difficult to get rid of --- sometimes worse than the ulcers.