Stomach Ulcer or Gastric Ulcer are actually a painful sores that locates in the stomach lining. There is also another type of ulcer which is known as Duodenal Ulcer. Duodenal ulcer occurs at the end point of stomach and upper portion of the small intestine known as Duodenum. Both ulcers are referred to Peptic Ulcers.
CAUSES OF STOMACH ULCER
There are multiple factors that causes stomach ulcer, but most important factors are as follows;
- Long term intakes of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen. NSAIDs are the medicines that widely used to treat pain, fever and inflammation.
- Increasing the body’s production of acid which is commonly known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
- An infection with the bacteria which normally does not showing any symptoms in human stomach until it becomes severe. The bacteria live in the stomach lining, and people of all ages can be infected.
- Lifestyle factors also take part that causes ulcer i.e spicy foods, stress and use of alcohol.
Approximately ten percent of adults are affected globally by peptic ulcers at least once in their lifetime.
- Burning sensation or pain
- Severe pain while the stomach is empty
- Discomfort between meals or during the night (duodenal ulcer)
- Discomfort when you eat or drink (gastric ulcer)
- Pain remain few minutes to several hours long
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unexpected Weight loss
- Dark stool
- Fatty food intolerance
Untreated Peptic Ulcer may result internal bleeding that leads to anemia (in case of slow bleeding). While severe bleeding may cause bloody vomit or stool. Peptic ulcers can block food passage through the digestive tract.