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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and ask questions you might not have thought to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What might have caused my peptic ulcer?
- How might I have come into contact with Helicobacter pylori?
- Should we be taking any special precautions to prevent other family members from contracting H. pylori?
- Could my ulcer recur?
- How can I tell if my ulcer is recurring?
- What can I do to lower my risk of developing a peptic ulcer?
- What can I do to lower my risk of recurrence?
- I’m using a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Is there anything I can do to decrease my risk of developing a peptic ulcer?
- Will I need an antibiotic?
- Should I take more than one antibiotic?
- What other medications will I need?
- Will I need any surgical procedures?
- Should I stop smoking?
- What smoking cessation programs might be helpful?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- What is the chance that I’ll develop a complication?
- What is the chance that my ulcer will recur?
- What is the chance that I could develop gastric cancer?
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 12/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015