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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Peptic Ulcer Disease

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Condition InDepth

Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Peptic Ulcer Disease

You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with peptic ulcer disease. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.

Tips for Getting Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier to talk to your doctor:

  • Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. They may also be able to give more details.
  • Write down your questions so you do not forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Peptic Ulcers

  • What might have caused my peptic ulcer?
  • How might I have come into contact with H. pylori?
  • Should I take steps to prevent those who live with me from getting H. pylori?

About Your Risk of Getting Peptic Ulcers

  • Could my ulcer come back? If so, how will I know?
  • What can I do to lower my risk of getting a peptic ulcer?
  • What can I do to lower my risk of it coming back?
  • I use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of getting a peptic ulcer?

About Treatment

  • Will I need an antibiotic?
  • What other medicines will I need?
  • Will I need surgery?

About Habit Changes

  • Should I stop smoking? Are there programs that can help me stop?
  • Should I stop drinking alcohol?

About Outlook

  • What is the chance the ulcer will cause a health problem?
  • What is the chance that my ulcer will come back?
  • What is the chance that I could get gastric cancer?


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  • Peptic ulcers (stomach ulcers). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/peptic-ulcers-stomach-ulcers/all-content. Accessed May 4, 2022.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.