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H. Pylori Negative Ulcer that won't go away

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Old 08-30-2017, 08:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy H. Pylori Negative Ulcer that won't go away

I will first apologize as I posted this in the Acid reflux/GERD section as I thought well its acid related. But I realized this would have been a more appropriate category to have posted my question under. So I have typed the same question below that I typed in the GERD section. I know that this is a forum no-no, but I assure you it was purely accidental and I am not trying to "spam" the boards. I know some people get mad about that.

Sorry in advance for the long detailed post.

Bit of background I suffer from regular headaches and migraines (we're talking like every day) as well as depression and anxiety/panic attacks (but who wouldn't be depressed stuck in bed with a headache all of the time right?).

The reason I bring up the headaches is I just want to mention that I avoid taking any NSAIDs to treat my headaches and migraines. about four years ago I had an endoscopy and they found some small duodenal ulcers. The doctors also took a biopsy and it was negative for H. Pylori. The doctor put me on Rabeprazole (Aciphex) and Ranitidine (Zantac). So I have been taking that for about three or four years, still have bouts of acid reflux. But I still get bouts of terrible burning pain about two inches or so above my belly button. The episodes can last anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour or more and they can be excruciating. They have been happening all along but have been getting worse lately and occurring more frequently.

Normally people are on the antacids for four to six weeks, but because of my acid reflux my doctor has kept me on it, but shouldn't my ulcers have healed after four years? Could it still be the same ulcers, new ones that just keep developing over and over or could it be something different? I am seeing the doctor next week and will ask for an x-ray or something but I am just curious as it seems to be an awfully long time for duodenal ulcers to hang around.

Has anyone experienced this or can anyone offer any insight or speculation? Thanks! I am tired of feeling like there is a searing knife going through my stomach and being twisted.

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