Singer Pink doesn’t seem blue about being admitted to the hospital for stomach pain.
Look at the picture she sent out on Instagram!
Maybe that big smile has something to do with the morphine she was given…
Maybe it’s cause my mom was an ER nurse all my life- but throw me in a gown and a hook me up to an IV- and I’m a happy girl. Stomach flu sucks but morphine doesn’t.
Pink later clarified that she did not get morphine for stomach flu, but that she may be suffering from an ulcer (something she apparently has had before:
Thanks for all the get well wishes. And no-they don’t give morphine for flu. I might have ulcers again. Because I care too much. It’s a gift.
Your stomach makes acid to break down the food you eat. But in some people, the acid can damage the lining of their stomach. This is called gastritis (inflammation of the stomach). Gastritis can be caused by a number of different things. The most common are:
If the irritation to the lining is more severe, an ulcer (simply a break in the lining) can form in the stomach (gastric ulcer), or in the upper part of the small intestine leaving the stomach (duodenal or peptic ulcer).
Several tests may be done to make the diagnosis:
Treatment depends on what is the underlying cause.
If irritation from alcohol, smoking or NSAIDs is the cause, discontinuing them will help the problem. This is often paired with medications which reduce or neutralize stomach acid.
For mild gastritis, over the counter antacids (such as Maalox or Mylanta) can neutralize the acid and provide relief.
If antacids don’t provide enough relief, medications called acid blockers may be used to reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces. Examples of this kind of medicine include cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid) and ranitidine (Zantac).
There are also medications that decrease acid production by shutting down acid-secreting cells in the stomach. Omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and esomeprazole (Nexium) are examples of these “proton pump inhibitors”.
In the special case of chronic gastritis or gastic ulcer caused by H. pylori, most doctors use a combination of two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor, sometimes with bismuth (such as in Pepto-Bismol) to the regimen.