What is a stomach ulcer?
Stomach ulcers, which are also identified as gastric ulcers, are painful sore that develop in the lining of the stomach. These stomach ulcers are a type of peptic ulcer disease. The stomach and the small intestines are both affected by peptic ulcers. The pain from these ulcers can vary from a dull pain that is only noticeable sometimes, to severe and constant pain.
These stomach ulcers appear whenever a disruption occurs to the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive fluids. Generally the disruption is a sign that there is not enough of this mucus, which causes a lack of barrier. When this barrier is lessened it allows digestive acids to eat away at the tissues that line your stomach. This becomes a toxic environment for your stomach and leads to ulcers forming.
While stomach ulcers can easily be cured, they also have the potential to become severe without proper treatment.
So, what causes stomach ulcers?
Stomach ulcers are almost always caused by one of the following:
-an infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
-long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen
In rare cases, a condition known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can lead to stomach and intestinal ulcers. This happens when the body’s production of acid increases. This syndrome is suspected to cause less than 1 percent of all peptic ulcers.
Symptoms of stomach ulcers:
There are several symptoms that are associated with stomach ulcers. The severity of the symptoms directly depends on the severity of the ulcer.
The most common symptom patients suffering from an ulcer experience is a burning sensation or pain in the middle of their abdomen, located between the chest and belly button. Typically, the pain will be more intense when you have gone more than a couple of hours without eating. This sensation can last for a few minutes to several hours.
Other common signs and symptoms of ulcers include:
pain in the stomach
nausea or vomiting
feeling easily full
burping or acid reflux
pain that may improve when you eat
dark, tarry stools
vomit that’s bloody or looks like coffee grounds
Schedule an appointment at Wellspire Medical Group if you have any symptoms of a stomach ulcer.
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Humble, TX 77338