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Can I have an ulcer after negative H. Pylori?

Dear all,

I have been having discomfort in my stomach area for a long time. It comes and goes but it seems to have gotten worse.

Basically, after I eat, my stomach feels empty. It's like being starving but no appetite whatsoever. I am making sure I am eating enough but the feeling is always there. I have has the breath test done and it was negative for h.pylori. At the time of the test, I wasnt having discomfort (I had the week before and the week after that). It seems to be worse either when I dont eat for like 3 hours or when I have just eaten. It is upsetting me a lot.

Do my symptoms match an ulcer? Could this be possible even with a negative h. pylori test? I am going to the gastroenterologist soon but meanwhile, I could use some advise on how to manage this feeling.

Thank you in advance.
2 Responses
973741 tn?1342342773
Yes, you can still have an ulcer. Your symptoms could be an ulcer.  I had a duodenal ulcer (In the intestines) and the pattern was a little similar to yours.  I didn't want to eat though because it burned after. Anyway, lifestyle choices can be related such as drinking alcohol.  Or if you take a lot of OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen. My ulcer was caused by biliary reflux.  I had lots of tests but finally an endoscopy found it.  Going to a gastroenterologist will be a good idea.  In the meantime, have you tried any of the OTC products available?
707563 tn?1626361905
I had bleeding ulcers a few years ago from too many NSAIDS (antiinflammatory meds like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.), and I had no symptoms until I was suddenly vomiting blood. My H Pylori test was negative, too.

Make sure you get to the gastro sooner rather than later if you suspect an ulcer. Let us know what happens. :)
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