Doc Talk: Skipping meals, stress can lead to stomach ulcers

Those suffering from peptic ulcer disease should quit smoking and drinking, have regular mealtimes and modify their lifestyles to reduce stress

When I first saw Ms Lee, 43, in the emergency department, she already had all the symptoms and signs of peptic ulcer disease (PUD), which is characterised by painful sores in the lining of the stomach or oesophagus.

She was suffering from severe abdominal pain and had gone into septic shock, a life-threatening condition that occurs when blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level after an infection.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2019, with the headline 'Skipping meals, stress can lead to stomach ulcers'. Print Edition | Subscribe