Constipation, the most common
digestive complaint in the U.S. population, can make life miserable. Not only
does constipation make you feel bloated, headachy, and irritable, but relieving
constipation -- especially long-term or chronic constipation -- is time
consuming and expensive. Each year in the U.S., chronic constipation leads to
around 2.5 million doctor visits -- and medication costs of many hundreds of million
You have new belly pain or
belly pain that does not go away.
If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer
and medical treatment is not helping, call your doctor. Waiting until your
symptoms get worse can be serious.
If you do not know if you have
a peptic ulcer and you do not have any of the emergency symptoms listed above,
you may try taking an antacid or nonprescription acid reducer and other home
treatment, such as making changes to your diet.
If your symptoms don't get better after 10 to
14 days, call your doctor.
If your symptoms go away after taking
antacids or acid reducers and trying home treatment but then symptoms come
back, call your doctor.