Peptic ulcer disease usually presents with upper abdominal pain before or after eating. Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs – Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Voltarol etc.) and steroids (e.g. prednisolone) can be associated with the development of ulcers, as well as the H.pylori bacteria. In some cases, ulcers can bleed which may require hospital admission. Ulcers in the stomach can also be cancerous in a smaller number of cases.
If you have stomach/upper abdominal pain and/or other concerning symptoms, an urgent OGD (gastroscopy) can be organised for you. Depending on the cause of the ulcer, treatment can be started. If H.pylori is confirmed, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed.
It may be necessary to repeat your endoscopy to ensure that the ulcer has healed. If you have required treatment for H.pylori, I can organise a breath test to confirm that the bacteria has been eradicated.