Symptoms stomach ulcer

Which symptoms and signs do you get when you have an stomach ulcer? What is an ulcer and how to prevent an stomach ulcer?

What is an stomach ulcer

An stomach ulcer is a sore on the stomach lining or the duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine. It is caused by an imbalance between mucus and acid production of the stomach. Ulcers mainly occur in people older than 50 years.

Symptoms and signs ulcer

The signs and symptoms of an ulcer are described below. You could suffer from a painful sensation in the abdomen, bloating, nausea, anemia, sudden heavy bleeding, and the need to burp often.

Pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen

The most common symptom of an ulcer is a painful or unpleasant feeling in the upper abdomen. The pain that this symptoms causes can worsen during or after eating or you will suffer from heartburn, which decreases after using antacids. When this occurs regularly it is best to consult a doctor because frequent use of antacids is not recommended.

Full feeling

Another symptom of an ulcer can be a 'full' feeling. Often a full feeling is experienced which could be the cause by a constriction of the stomach outlet. This causes the food to pile up since it can not leave well. This can result in regurgitation of undigested food several hours after eating. It can give a bloated feeling, cause nausea, cause an unpleasant and uncomfortable feeling around the stomach and even cause weight loss.


Another symptom can be nausea, whether or not in combination with throwing up. When this frequently persists as well it is best to consult your physician. Related to the symptom nausea you can also suffer from a lack of appetite and sometimes weight loss.


Anemia, caused by slight, persistent bleeding in the stomach, can also be a symptom of an ulcer. Anemia expresses itself with fatigue, feeling weak, a pale skin, shortness of breath, being out of breath with the slightest exertion, palpitations, tinnitus and dizziness. Do you suffer from this ulcer symptom, then a trip to the doctor is certainly a good idea.

Sudden heavy bleeding

Another, certainly not to be underestimated ulcer symptom is sudden heavy bleeding, where you sometimes throw up blood or there is blood in the stool. In that case, treatment is certainly necessary, otherwise the possibility exists that the ulcer goes so deep in the stomach that it causes a fracture, a so called perforation. This will cause stomach acid to go into the abdominal cavity and peritonitis may occur which entails severe pain. An ulcer is in an early stage rather easy to treat. In the hospital a test is being conducted on the patient through an endoscopy when suspecting an ulcer. Typically, an ulcer is treated with acid production reducing agents in combination with antibiotics.

Burping a lot

A final symptom of an ulcer may be that you need to burp a lot. However, if you only have to burp often, but do not suffer from other ulcer symptoms, you will have little chance of an ulcer.

Preventing an ulcer

To prevent an stomach ulcer you have to be careful with the use of pain relievers. Frequent use of pain relievers can cause an ulcer. Does one still have to take pain relievers, it is better to do this after dinner and certainly not on an empty stomach. Also one can reduce the risk of an ulcer to as little as possible by not smoking or not drinking alcohol.

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