Do Ulcers Hurt When You Press On The Stomach?

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Abdominal tenderness may also be caused by Meckel’s diverticulum, a small pouch on the wall of the lower section of small intestine (it usually occurs at birth) [3]. Other possible causes include ruptured ovarian cyst, twisted fallopian tubes, and ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

Since there are many causes of abdominal tenderness, don’t take any conclusion on your own. To have correct diagnosis, see a doctor – especially if your stomach pain persists or worsens. All underlying causes of abdominal tenderness should not be ignored.

If your doctor thinks that you have ulcers, a number of tests are required. These include:

  1. First, your doctor needs to check your medical history and perform a physical exam.
  2. Laboratory tests (such as breath, stool, or blood test) to look for H-pylori infection. Breath test is usually more accurate than stool or blood test.
  3. If necessary, your doctor may recommend gastroscopy (also called endoscopy). In this procedure, a hallow tube with small fiber-optic camera is passed down into the stomach and small intestine to look for ulcers.

An X-ray examination may be another test. But today it is rarely used for diagnosing ulcers since it is less accurate than endoscopy.


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