In many cases, the prognosis and outlook of patients with stomach ulcer are pretty good. Does the disease go away and never come back? This depends on several factors. But the good news, it is a treatable condition. Many times, it is successfully treated.
The disease occurs for several reasons. The main one are the infection of bacteria called H-pylori and the extremely imbalance of acid in the stomach (for stomach ulcer) and in the first part of small intestine (for duodenal ulcer).
Taking pills of pain killer may also increase the risk. In fact, the disease is quite common in elderly people who take certain pain killers on a regular basis.
The core of the treatment is determined based on the trigger factor (underlying cause) of the disease.
If your ulcer is caused by the H-pylori infection, your doctor can use antibiotics for the primary treatment. In such case, it’s important for patients to take their antibiotics entirely otherwise the bacteria are more likely to become resistant and more difficult to be killed.
If the cause is the irritation due to excessive acid in the stomach, doctor can prescribe some medications to help stop, reduce, and neutralize the amount of acid in the digestive track. If necessary, medications that give extra protection for the lining of stomach /intestine are probably also prescribed to promote a quicker healing and prevent further damage.
And in line with the medical interventions, some lifestyle changes and eating right would also give a significant contribution for the outlook and prognosis of the disease. For more detailed information about home remedies for gastric ulcer, visit this section!
Yes it does, but the result is dependent on how well you commit and follow the treatment plan as directed.
All medications and home remedies of the treatment plan are only a tool – the chance of curing your ulcer is also associated with your commitment to follow the treatment plan.
Sometimes the symptoms may come and go. But even though the symptoms improve, it’s important to treat the disease completely so it would not come back.
On the other hand, the disease is likely to recur without a complete, appropriate treatment. This may also cause other more serious complications such as internal bleeding or even perforation (a hole that occurs in the gut or stomach).
So following your the treatment plan is a must. For instance, if the ulcer is the end result of H-pylori infection, take your antibiotics completely as directed so the infection is completely healed and less likely to return.
There are also a few cases of when the disease fails to heal, also medically called as a refractory ulcer. This may occurs due to some of the following reasons: