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Stomach Ulcer Symptoms

Stomach Ulcer

Stomach Ulcer Symptoms

The most common symptom of a stomach ulcer is pain. When people talk about ulcers, though, they usually mean peptic ulcers. These form in the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. They cause sharp or burning stomach pain. A type of bacterium called helicobacter pylori (or h. pylori) is the main culprit.

The pain is caused by the ulcer and is aggravated by stomach acid coming in contact with the ulcerated area. The pain typically may:

  • Be felt anywhere from your navel to your breastbone
  • Last from a few minutes to many hours
  • Be worse when your stomach is empty
  • Flare at night
  • Often be temporarily relieved by eating certain foods that buffer stomach acid or by taking an acid-reducing medication
  • Come and go for a few days or weeks

Less often, ulcers may cause severe symptoms such as:

  • The vomiting of blood
  • Dark blood in stools or stools that are black or tarry
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain

Though ulcers often heal on their own, you shouldn't ignore their warning signs. If not properly treated, ulcers can lead to serious health problems, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Perforation (a hole through the wall of the stomach)
  • Gastric outlet obstruction from swelling or scarring that blocks the passageway leading from the stomach to the small intestine.

Taking NSAIDs (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, etc.) can cause any of the above without warning. The risk is especially concerning for those over age 75 and for those with a prior history of having peptic ulcer disease.



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