What is the timeline of a peptic ulcer?
December 8, 2010 7:45 AM Subscribe
How quickly can a peptic ulcer (1) form, and (2) perforate? My girlfriend just had an emergency surgery in Mexico when an ulcer she didn't know about opened 2 mm and began leaking air out of her stomach. How long might she have had it? (YANMD, naturally.)
posted by Beardman to health & fitness (5 answers total)
She was eating a lot of ibuprofen in the last month because of other pain issues, and we're wondering if that might have caused it or just exacerbated it. Basically, what we want to know is how much of her stomach pains and other issues, which are plentiful and longstanding, might be explained by this ulcer. While she recovers we're all wondering why the doctors in Canada never figured this out, since she's been to clinics for abdominal pain so many times. Any info or pointers to websites (other than Wikipedia, where I've already been) would be much appreciated.