duodenal ulcer, when can I start drinking again?
Hi, about 2 months ago I was diagnosed with anemia. I immediately stopped drinking alcohol because they said I might have ulcers or something else wrong with my stomach. About 5 weeks ago I had an endoscopy of my stomach and a colonoscopy. They said they found several small duodenal ulcers (they also did a biopsy and found out later I have celiacs, which they say is what really caused the anemia). Once I found out I had ulcers I actually started drinking a glass or two a wine each day because I read that it might actually help kill H. pylori, but stopped drinking again about 1.5-2 weeks later when the biopsy came back and it turned out I didn't have H. pylori. Since then I haven't had any alcohol except a little bit of whiskey once or twice.
The doctor prescribed me omeprazole and told me not eat anything spicy or drink alcohol for a month and to take the omeprazole for 3 months.
I never thought I had any ulcer symptoms, but looking back I realize what I had always thought was just hunger might actually have been pain from the ulcers. I've had those hunger pains for at least the past year and a half but it's always been mild and gone away as soon as I ate, so I never really thought about it.
What I'm wondering is whether it's okay for me to drink again. It's been 5 weeks since I was diagnosed, one week longer than the doctor told me I needed to wait, but I still get that pain in my abdomen. Does it need to go away completely before I can drink again? Like I said, the pain is mild and doesn't really bother me, but I don't want to do any damage and be forced to take on a more restrictive diet or be in serious pain.