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6 Signs You'll Experience Once You Develop Stomach Ulcer

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A stomach ulcer, also known as a peptic or gastric ulcer, is a small sore that develops in the lining of the stomach. While stomach ulcers can be treated easily when caught early, lack of medical care can lead to serious complications. 

Understanding the signs of stomach ulcers is important in helping you get the treatment you need. This article gives an insight on some of the signs you'll experience once you develop stomach ulcer.

1. Burning pain in your upper abdomen

The most common symptom of a stomach ulcer is a burning or gnawing pain in your upper tummy (abdomen). The pain often occurs at night or between meals, when your stomach is empty. Food, liquids and antacids can often temporarily relieve this pain. It can come and go, and it can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

2. Heartburn

Another symptom of ulcer is heartburn. Heartburn is a condition that occurs when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. This leads to a burning discomfort below your breastbone or in your upper belly.Image credit:

3. Nausea and Vomiting

From time to time, nausea brought on by ulcers may become so intense that it could actually cause you to vomit. Due to the imbalance in your digestive system, mild to severe nausea may occur, either first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, or after eating.

4. Change in your stool colour

Another indicator of ulcer is if your stool is extremely dark in colour. A bleeding ulcer is the most common concerning cause of dark stools. If an ulcer forms in a person’s stomach, it can cause bleeding which may make your stool dark and tarry.

5. Weight loss

Sometimes stomach ulcers create a block in the digestive system due to the inflammation they cause. This can prevent food from moving through your stomach, leading to weight loss and a decrease in appetite.

6. Bloating

Many stomach ulcers are caused by infection with H. pylori, a common but potentially harmful bacterium. Too much bacteria in your small intestine can lead to bloating from excess production of gas.

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