About 6 months ago, I was awakened in the middle of the night by a horrific pain right at the breastbone. Having had little to no experience with heartburn, I got up and took asprin. I writhed in pain for another 45 minutes before the pain let up enough to let me sleep. Approx. 8 weeks later, it happened again. I promptly did a Google search for gallstones. (well, it made sense at the time). Another 8 - 10 weeks, happens again. Then in January, it happened whilst on vacation, and this time it was so bad that I passed out for a few seconds. Yesterday, yep, got me again. This is absolutely the worst pain I have ever experienced, worse than migraines, worse than childbirth. You get this awful burning and you feel like your guts are twisting in on themselves,and there is absolutely nothing you can do to get away from the pain. I spent all day yesterday in bed, if I weren’t in pain, then I was sleeping, trying to recover. I was afraid to eat anything today for fear something would trigger it again. Monday, first thing, I am calling a gastroentologist.
So, my question is, have you any experience with ulcers, and what can I expect in the way of treatment, change of lifestyle, etc…?