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peptic ulcer , extreme vertigo / dizziness

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I was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer in june 2005 and the problem quickly went away with basic treatment. However, about 2 months ago I began to feel symptoms of the ulcer again....But nothing too serious. Skip forward a week, and after a strong cup of coffee I experienced extreme vertigo/dizziness that lasted several hours. The next day I had similar problems along with a serious headache and vomiting without any signs of blood.

My doctor ran a lot of tests, including diabetes, cholesterol, hepatitus (sp?), but everything checked out fine.

The wooziness, however, is still present, particularly in the afternoon/early evening. Mornings are fine. Any ideas what this could be? I am currently in the czech republic and unfortunately my czech is quite adequate to converse about my conditions with my local doctor. Thanks.
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First Helper johntn

replied September 23rd, 2008
Dizziness and fainting
I have not been in enough testing to be diagnosed with an ulcer yet but it is what I believe I have.

Certain foods soothe it at first but cause real trouble a few hours later:

1: coffee
2: pepperoni or sausage (i.e. on pizza)
3: tomatoes
4: anything salty
5: anything spicy hot

Carrots seem to be ok

I get dizziness and a tendency to almost blackout (but not quite) - I can feel the palpitating in my chest cavity (near my stomach) and blood rushes to my head (causing visible flushing redness) and this is when I feel faint, dizzy and disoriented.

I've only fallen down once and was able to get back up almost immediately.

I'm 51 yrs old, 6'1" and 268 lbs.
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replied July 12th, 2009
A mistake i made to soothe symptoms was to drink milk - i love milk! However the amount of acid needed to be produced to digest it causes too many other problems- i take daily medication to help, and drink soya milk - okonce used to it!
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replied July 19th, 2009
I have the same issues... just started after they found an ulcer and put me on protonix. I know some of the side effects are vertigo. It seems to get worse as you eat too. i am 5 years post bypass. I try to avoid coffee and dont want any medicine for vertigo. Some of the meds have reverse reactions on me, like benadryl makes me hyper.
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