The 3 major tests and procedures used to diagnose stomach ulcers
barium enema: a thick white liquid (barium) that you drink helps the stomach and
small intestine show up on X-rays
a thin, lighted tube is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach to look
for the presence of an ulcer
biopsy: a piece of stomach tissue is removed so it can be analyzed.
Years ago I had very similair symptoms and was told I had a stomach ulcer, without any of these tests being done on me, and put on Prilosec, which helped for a bit, but I would still get terrible heartburn and pain. Then one day I was in so much pain I was rushed to the ER only to find out it was my gall bladder that was about to explode, so I was rushed into surgery to have it removed. Now I'm not saying that this is what I think your issue is, but I would definitely consult your physician about it, because it could be something more serious than an ulcer. Even if it is an ulcer, you definitely want it diagnosed because it's something that needs to be treated properly.
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