Peptic ulcers are painful sores that line the stomach and they affect about 4.5 millions Poeple per year. Normally the stomach has a protective layer that keeps the acidic juices in the stomach from getting to sensitive tissue and causing an ulcer
You have an unexplained vomiting
From time to time, nausea brought on by ulcers may become so intense that it could actually cause you to vomit. If that happens, stay away from medications like ibuprofen and aspirin. According to Dr, Sengupta, these over the counter pain medications actually put you at a higher risk of developing ulcers or make your current ulcers worse.
You bleed when you use the bathroom
Blood coming from the gastrointestinal tract can sign a variety of underlying health issues. Still, Dr . Sengupta says when this bleeding is combined with upper abdominal pain, he's "highly suspicious" that it's one of the signs of an ulcer.
Manty patients notice this blood either when vomiting, or when using the bathroom, as their stools may appear black.
If you notice this blood, along with nausea and pain the stomach or chest, Dr Sengupta says doctors will often perform a blood test and an upper endoscopy.
You are more bloated than usual
If you notice your stomach feeling particularly bloated, it may be more serious than a little bit of gas.
It could be one of the signs of an ulcer. Of course, bloating can also be caused simply by eating something your body doesn't agree with, but when combined with the other symptoms, it's worth checking out.
Having pain specifically in your upper abdomen
One of the most common ulcer symptoms is severe pain in the upper abdomen, according to Neil Sengupta, MD, a gastroenterology specialist at the University of Chicago, illinois. Ulcers can develop anywhere in the upper digestive tract, says Dr Sengupta.
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