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Ulcer symptoms

What is ulcer?
The human stomach contains enumerable muscles which carry out the process of digestion and convert the different forms of food into digestive fluids. These digestive fluids are known as pepsin and hydrochloric acid. These fluids make the food digest in the stomach.

The ulcer in the stomach might be the result of the disparity in the digestive fluids. The over production of pepsin or hydrochloric acid might cause ulcer.

The over production of acids inside the stomach might harm the line up of the stomach and cause ulcers in the stomach.

Types of ulcers
There are mainly three types of ulcers. They are:

  • Peptic ulcer
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Duodenal ulcer

Peptic ulcer: Peptic ulcer affects the lining of the stomach. it happens when the ulcers are exposed to pepsin.

Gastric ulcer: An ulcer is called gastric when the peptic ulcer is present in the stomach.

Duodenal ulcer:
An ulcer is called duodenal when the ulcer is in the duodenum. it is usually found in the beginning of the small intestine.

There are four types of ulcers which are found unusually. They are:
Esophageal ulcer: This type of ulcer affects the lower part of the esophagus. It might happen as a result of acid reflux.

Bleeding ulcer: A person might get bleeding ulcer if the ulcers are not treated at the right time. This causes internal bleeding which might be dangerous.

Refractory ulcer: This type of ulcer might not get healed even after three months of treatment.

Stress ulcer: stress Ulcers are found in esophagus, duodenum or stomach. This might be found in severely stressed or ill patients.

Ulcer symptoms
As the ulcer affects the stomach, it might show up several symptoms. The primary symptoms of ulcer are:

  • Scorching pain in the abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in vomit
  • Blood in stool
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling weak

The symptoms of ulcer might vary from person to person. In some cases symptoms do not show up at all.

Peptic Ulcer Symptoms :

  • A burning pain or gnawing in stomach below the sternum
  • Stomach pains in the early morning hours due to hunger or between the meals
  • Experiencing pain while drinking coffee or orange juice and while taking aspirin
  • Pain after eating food or when hungry depending on the type of ulcer
  • Short relief from pain after taking antacid medicines
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent burping
  • Chronic ulcer pain
  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Bleeding
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness

Gastric Ulcer Symptoms:

  • A dull aching pain after eating
  • Increase in pain as food goes inside
  • No relief in the pain even after eating food. Many patients presume that the pain is caused by empty stomach and eat forcefully
  • Acid reflux
  • Heart burn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constant pain in the upper abdomen area below the breastbone
  • Waking at night 3-4 hours after dinner because of dull pain
  • Internal bleeding seen in stool

Duodenal Ulcer Symptoms:

  • Heartburn
  • A gnawing or burning sensation in the top of stomach
  • Inconvenience after eating
  • Abdominal pain on taking aspirin or drinking coffee or orange juice
  • Waking up at night due to sharp ulcer pains
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Indigestion
  • Belching
  • Bloody or dark tarry stools

Facts and Statistics on Ulcer:

  • Ulcer affects nearly 20 million Americans in their life time.
  • Every year 4 million people are diagnosed with this disease.
  • An estimated 6000 people die every year because of the complications associated with stomach ulcer.
  • 40000 people undergo surgery in order to get relief from the persistant symptoms of ulcer anually.

13 responses to Ulcer symptoms

  1. Thanks i have did an assegnment with it

  2. hi.. i wonder if i had ulcer.
    coz i always feel that my stomach is aching. it feels like acidic? is it right? acidic?
    and after eating my stomach will ache again, but i thought it’s just a gas that i want to release, sometimes also when my stomach is really really aching i do release gas,
    i felt also like i want to vomit, once i did it it’s just a little amount and just a very white tiny bubbles but wet ofcourse,
    then my back is also aching but i thought it was just because im tired.
    and my blood type is O.

    so what do you think. do i have ulcer or o do not?

    • admin said on May 7, 2010

      hi…. I would advise you to go for an abdominal scan and take medications for the burning pain like tablet ranitidine or tablet pantaprazole. Consult your doctor immediately.

  3. Hi!
    I wonder if I have ulcer. Inthe beginning of the year I had an unbearable pain below my breastbone. I went to see the doctor several times until I was referred to the specialist. He sent me for the gastroscopy, they found out that the bile overflows and brns the oesophogus, that’s what they said it causes pain. I got prscription and used it all and I got better. I was not satisfied with the results as I think it’s ulcer. I have a constant problem of acid that comes out of my nose while I’m asleep. I noticed that if I ate dairy products I will experence it. Last week I started to have pains again. It fells as if it is in the mouth of the stomach or the oesophogus. I went top see the doctor, but it still persists. I cant eat as it kills me when eating. Sometimes it is as if it pains due to hunger. I went to see another doctor and even asked for x-ray. He recommended ultra sound and I undergone it. They see nothing wrong in my stomach. I’m worried that they might not see it now and only see it when it cannot be cured or controlled. I’m afraid it might result in cancer. I write in pain even now.

    Please help.

  4. ulcer is quite painful and sometimes it is deadly too, my grandmother died from ulcer:”

  5. believe me, ulcer is quite painful and its symptoms are not very good”*

  6. pls i have this ulcer for long,it always re occcure with it symtom pls post to me how i can get rid of it totally.thank u.

  7. i want to find ways of curing ulcer

  8. Ulcer is a disease that can’t be cured totally. But patient will get relief from sharp pain he experience, after taking a longer/appropriate theraphy of antacid drugs. Certain foods must be restricted, frequiently eating must be encourage. Some drugs, such as: asprin, feldine, etc, must be bane.

  9. I xprience low,steady pain left of my breastbone.Sometimes,d pain spreads across chest.Angina pectoris was speculated.I’m sceptical of ds.1s i take ice substance,it reports hard.What cld prompt ds?

  10. plz i need more info as regards this topic

  11. Hi! i wonder if i have ulcer becuase my two sides always pain and itchingme

  12. What type of ulcer could be this? Pain below the ribs especially below the left rib. The pain extends to the spinal cord especialy the lower region. Yawning and hickups. The said pain persists when i work standing for long. Heartburns.

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