Stomach Ulcer Symptoms

Stomach ulcer symptoms include more than the just the expected stomach pain. Are you familiar enough with stomach ulcer symptoms to recognize a problem if you have one? Seek ulcer treatment before your ulcers worsen, possibly resulting in serious internal bleeding problems.

Ulcers can present in several different ways. You may observe some or all of the following symptoms if you have stomach ulcers:

Abdominal Pain
The most frequently reported ulcer symptom is pain in the stomach region, located most intensely in between your breastbone and your navel. This pain is often described as a burning sensation.

Nausea
You may experience frequent nausea, often unrelated to typical causes of nausea. such as car sickness, sea sickness or malodorous scents.

Vomiting
If you begin vomiting without explanation, you should immediately suspect you have an ulcer, especially if you experience chronic episodes of vomiting.

Chest Pain
If you feel a dull ache in your chest, you are either experiencing heart burn-which is a symptom of ulcers-or possible heart issues, both of which are serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor.

Lessening Appetite
If you have ulcers, you'll find yourself reluctant to eat and losing your appetite. Sometimes eating will cause discomfort, especially if you eat while under stress or you eat spicy foods, which will irritate ulcers.

Chronic Hiccups
If you have developed chronic hiccups or long-lasting hiccupping sessions, this may be your body's reaction to the open sores in your digestion tract.

Chronic Burping
Ulcers can also cause repeated burping, which can be embarrassing.

Loss of Weight Without Effort
If you've been dropping weight and you're not sure why or how, you should look into the possibility of ulcers. Sometimes the change in the mucous lining and the formation of stomach ulcers interferes with proper digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.

Blood in Stool
Perhaps the most serious symptom related to stomach ulcers is the presence of blood in stools. This may be fresh blood if the ulcer is located in the duodenum, but it will look black or dark red if the ulcer is higher up in the digestive track. Blood in your stool may indicate another issue such as hemorrhoids, but your doctor can determine what the cause is better than you. Unless you are sure this symptom is attributed to something else, blood in the stool requires a trip the doctor, pronto.

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