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I recently suffered a burst duodenal ulcer, having no experience of the supposed \"symptoms\" which one is expected to have such as blood in the stools etc etc. I felt pretty sick & had been experiencing extreme stress & therefore put it down to the stress. The 1st I knew about it was waking in the night from sleep & feeling very sweaty & hot & slightly sick. I walked to the bathroom & promptly passed out. When I came round about an hour & half later I had been sick, but it was all \"black\" not red blood.
I rang an ambulance as I had passed out & thought it scary, I didn't realise I had vomited blood - let alone FRESH blood. Had I gone back to bed or ignored it I would be dead now. In all I lost 4 x pints blood, but didn't know that at the time, and was hospitalised for a week. Since then I have had a lot of trouble with my system getting back to normal & am on medication for the ulcer. In hospital they gave me an endoscopy & injected adrenalin straight into the ulcer (which was large) but I am not on any antibiotics for the heliwotsit... bacteria & also have been suffering from a bad chest infection. I had this before the bleed & it hasn't gone away.
My GP wont prescribe anti-biotics & I think they would help the condition quite a lot. He just keeps telling me i'm suffering from anxiety & I think that's part of the cause but not ALL.
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