Describing your symptoms may lead your doctor to suspect that you have a peptic ulcer, but it will not likely help determine the type, because the symptoms of stomach and duodenal ulcers are so similar. To make a specific diagnosis, your doctor may administer several tests.
One such test is a barium swallow or upper GI series of X-rays that allow your doctor to identify and locate the ulcer and determine its type and severity. The test requires you to drink a "barium milkshake," which has a liquid...
Water and other fluids such as soup, broth, and juice can also help make your digestion run smoothly.
Water softens stool and encourages passage of waste. It works together with fiber, which absorbs it and helps prevent constipation.
To get more water, drink a glass with every meal. Try to drink 8 glasses a day.
But remember, some drinks are healthier than others. To help prevent digestive problems, go easy on caffeine. Along with alcohol, too much caffeine can cause diarrhea by stimulating your intestines. And, coffee, tea, and fizzy drinks can increase stomach acid, leading to heartburn in some people.
Eat smaller amounts more slowly. Chew your food thoroughly. That way you make your digestive system's job a little easier.