Hi all,new to this forum,i,ve had a duodenal ulcer for 18 months and have been on 20 mgs of omeprozole all that time,how long do people stay on these

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antacids,will i be on them forever or is there a limit on how long it is safe to take them rolleyes

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    Hello......4 months ago i had a perforated duodenal ulcer and had to have life saving emergency surgery.   I was totally unaware that i even had an ulcer until this happened.  I now have to take lanzapole everyday for the next few years (at least) to stop acid building up which could cause another ulcer.  I therefore am quite happy to do this (as long as it does the job) as I would in no way want to experience a perforated ulcer ever again.

    p.s have you been tested for the h pylori?

     

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      Hi shabz69 yes i was tested for h pylori but it was negative,just seen GP last week and have gone down to 10mgs of omeprazole as he thinks the ulcer will have healed but same as you I could be on them for the rest of my life allbe may be reduced again in the future,he says he as one chap who takes one 10mgs once a week and it works for him so if he,s happy and it,s ok thats good enough.Hope things work out for you      argzxoni
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      Hi, I have just joined this site today as my teenage son has had 2 burst duodenal ulcers this year. He has tested negative for hpylori and is on large doses of omeprazole twice a day. Just interested to hear how you are now and what treatment you had as I'm very anxious. Thanks 
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      Hiya Kim...ahh your poor son i know exactly what he has gone through....i myself now have recovered and i am clear of h pylori (i hope) i am still taking the lanzoprazol and they say i will have to take them for a quite some time.  I hope your son has a speedy recovery.  Did they say what caused him to have the ulcers?..its a lifestyle change after...certain foods and stuff to stay away from...here if you need any questions answered.

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      Hi Shabz, you have no idea how welcome your reply is. Thank you so much. Ours is such a long story but my son was tested for hpylori and was negative so as yet have no idea what caused the perforated ulcer. Happened 1st time in April, put on omeprazole then at a follow up endoscopy it showed little lesions/polyps which apparently is common when taking this medication?? 6 weeks later another endoscopy showed they were gone as was ulcer so all medication was stopped. 6 weeks later my son was back in HDU with another bleeding ulcer. Do you think this is diet related as my son has a very poor diet as is fussy and gets stressed easily? The doctors say this isn't related but I'm looking for an answer as to why this happened not once but twice. Any thoughts or tips you have would be more than welcome. I'm glad you are now on the mend. One last question, do you have any side effects from medication. My son hasn't been feeling quite right since all this happens and I now wonder if that might have something to do with it.  Thanks again Shabz.
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      Hi Kim....diet would be very important now...i myself was not a fussy eater and anything and everything.  I can no longer have anything citric lemon, limes etc, vinegars.  Tomotoes are very acidic (which i love) so can no longer have them and also chillie and pepper.  I must admit i have been a bit more lenient with myself recently and may have a little of these (not tomatoes) but very rarely.  I became depressed after having the surgery as I caught pneumonia to so was in hospital for two weeks.  I am recovered but still on anti depressants at mo..you just never feel well i have found after having this ulcer.  I believe that i do have side effects from the lanzoprazole ie muscle cramps, twitching of the legs and sometimes my bones feel sore but unfortunely i just have to put up with it now till they say i can come off them.  Your son really needs to be careful at mo with his diet at the mo.

      Im still nervous and anxious every day about it happening again especially as i have never felt quite myself since it happened but i do hope your son recovers well from this.  Im here if you need to know anything but can only tell you throught my own experience.

      kind regars

       

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      Thanks again Shabz, what a time you have had! I completely understand your anxiety about it happening again. As my son is young it really doesn't bother him but I am a different story. Never felt so stressed in all my life.I am constantly looking for signs without becoming totally paranoid.  I too have felt very depressed at times due to this. I am slowly trying to introduce new foods into my sons diet in the hope it will help. As I see it it can't do any harm. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you continue to improve.
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    hiya thanks for the reponse...just recieved my all clear letter for h pylori from the docs...had to have a gastro (not very nice) but at least the little bugger of a bacteria has gone.  The proceedure found some flat erosions (potential ulcers) so will have to stay on the lanzaparole for a long time now....hope everything goes well with you.

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      Hi shab forgot to mention yesterday,been looking for natural remedies for stomach ulcers and found cabbage juice is suppossed to be the best,It contains L-glutamine and gefarnate (what ever they are)which protect the mucous membrane lining of the stomach,I still take my omeprazole every morning and then have half a cup of cabbage juice half an hour before my evening meal or before I have a glass of wine.As my ulcer has healed I don,t know if its working but it can,t be doing any harm,but it says 30 days of cabbage juice is as good as 90 days of antacids.Recipes are online but if you try it don,t have more than half a cup at a time it can give you stomach ache   argzxoni
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    Thanks for that info....i did hear that it was good to.  Have tried to drink it but not too keen on the flavour but i have greens at least twice a week and i make my gravy from the juice.   Out of curiosity do you  drink alcohol often?  I have had a few glasses of wine on two occassions since having my operation but am still very wary to drink alcohol.  The doctors said that wouldnt recommend it but i do like to socialise and have a drink.  I use to drink once week and quite alot so think i have done ok by only drinking twice in 4 months.  Was wondering if you have any symptons of any sort when you do drink alcohol?

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      Hi shabz,I also have hiatus urnea so i was a bit worried about alcohol as i used to like a pint or two,but i have found i,m ok with wine,I did try a pint a few weeks ago but i felt awful with in half an hour so i avoid beer but been ok with cider.I only drink at week ends never during the week so my stomach gets a rest.Just made a batch of cabbage juice with carrot and beetroot i,ll see how that tastes.
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    I've been on Losec for 20 years !
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