I know this is a good few years old, but I'm wondering if the OP managed to get the peptic ulcer healed? I'm also wondering if anyone else has managed to get a breath test for H. pyorli?
I've had the symptoms of a peptic ulcer for about a month now. I went to the Guo Tai hospital when I woke in agony in the early hours of the morning - they did a blood test and found nothing - sent me home. The second time, about 2 weeks later, they did another blood test - yay! And a Iodine CT scan checking for gall stones or any other blockage or object and found nothing. They gave me pain killers and sent me home. It's nothing they told me (despite the fact that I couldn't lie down for the pain, and had to stay on my feet). I'm not the kind of person to take pain killers, but I was in agony.
The pain would come on hours after my last meals, normally in the early hours of the night and I would get a dull pain in the upper abdomen (on both sides) have bloating, get the feeling that my ribs were being pressed against, and the pain would sometimes go to the back. I did more reading and it really sounds like a peptic ulcer. I went again to Guo Tai hospital (near the top of An He Road), and went to the gastrointestinal department. I explained what had happened (my wife helped), and the doctor was an older guy. I was asking if I could have the breath test for H. pyorli, and he said that it wasn't necessarily H. pyorli, and suggested an ultrasound test and week of Mosapride 5mg (which is supposed to help digestive functions) and Ranitidine (which is supposed to help stomach ulcers heal). They already have my CT scan, so I don't know why they are doing another scan. Besides, I've read that ultrasound scans can't detect ulcers anyway. He said the only way to check for an ulcer is an endoscopy. In the UK, it seems they only give an endoscopy to patients over 50, I'm about 17 years away from being that age. I was hoping to get the breath test for the H. pyorli and if I had it, I hoped they'd give me that 1 week course of combined antibiotics that kills it off. Looking at the OP's post - that's not how things seem to work here. I will be going back to the UK for two months over summer, I don't know if it's best for me just to wait until then, and try over there?
Does anyone have any related experience, or have they had better/more modern treatment for peptic ulcers or H. pyorli problems?