We have absolutely warned our patients about the dangers of untreated ulcers in the past. However, we consider this to be an extremely important matter and therefore, we will continue to try to educate the people of Los Angeles, as well as those elsewhere on the most common symptoms of stomach ulcers. If you know the signs, you can see your doctor sooner rather than later when things have gotten especially bad. Continue reading below to get familiar with what these symptoms are.
Burning Pain In Your Abdomen
This may seem like a no-brainer but the most common sign that people experience when they have a stomach ulcer is a persistent burning pain in their abdomen. This sensation occurs when juices in the stomach used for digestion come into contact with the open sore. For the most part, the pain is felt from the breastbone to navel and is often worse at night than during the day. On the other hand, if you are someone who frequently skips meals, you may find that you experience this pain much throughout the daytime.
Another common clue that you are suffering from a stomach ulcer is vomiting blood. Seeing as how this is an extremely scary thing to go through, you should go directly to the hospital. While you might expect to see a bright red color to the blood, most often ulcers cause for your vomit to look similar to coffee grinds, meaning they it will likely be dark brown in color.
Clearly if you are vomiting than chances are you are were have already been feeling nauseous for a while. Most often this nausea occurs early in the morning, it will most likely subside once the vomiting episodes begin.
Black or Dark Colored Stool
If you think you may have an ulcer, a good way to tell is to look at your stool. If you notice that when you use the restroom your stool is extremely dark in color, or even black, chances are you are right about what is ailing you. If this is the case, you should absolutely go to the hospital immediately.
Another sign that you may have a stomach ulcer is a complete loss of appetite which will likely lead to weight loss. When your stomach lining is damaged, scar tissue forms, causing blockage of the food passageway, as well as potential swelling in the small intestines. This will make you feel as though you are full, even though you haven’t eaten anything. Even if you feel this way, it’s important that you eat as your body needs nutrients so that it can function properly.
Having a lot of scar tissue in your stomach can also lead to significant bloating. Since your food cannot move through your stomach opening the way it should, gas builds up quite easily in your intestines.
Many people have anemia and do not have an ulcer at all. On the other hand, if you have already been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer, and you are experiencing fatigue, dizziness or paleness, this could be because you are now also suffering from anemia on top of your ulcer. This has occurred because you have lost significant amount of blood from the bleeding your ulcer is doing.
When the lower esophageal sphincter is not able to close all the way or opens too frequently, stomach acid is able to move up into the esophagus. This is known as acid reflux and it is known to cause severe heartburn and regurgitation in those who suffer from it.
Do You Have A Stomach Ulcer?
If you suspect that you have a stomach ulcer, it is beyond important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. As you can tell from the symptoms listed above, things can only get worse if your ulcer goes untreated. Call the experts at West Gastroenterology in Los Angeles today and make an appointment!