Stomach ulcers are painful sores that can be found in the stomach lining or small intestine. Stomach ulcers are the most visible sign of peptic ulcer disease. They occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive juices is reduced, thus enabling the digestive acids to eat away at the lining tissues of the stomach.
Stomach ulcers are easily cured, but they can become severe without proper treatment. A number of symptoms are associated with stomach ulcers. The severity of the symptoms depends on the severity of the ulcer.
Heartburn: Heartburns are pointers for stomach ulcers. A burning sensation in the chest can happen due to intake of spicy foods but if it persists and over the counter drugs don’t provide relief, see a doctor.
Hiccups and Burps: When hiccups and burps are persistent after eating or taking water or just ‘naturally’ (which isn’t) then it’s time to see a doctor for proper examination.
Stomach pain: Persistent stomach pain/sharp or dagger-like pain in the stomach may form early pointers to stomach ulcers and this should be taken care off as soon as possible.
Bloating: Bloating or feeling heavy even when not necessarily filled up with food is another sign that could indicate stomach ulcer
Indigestion: Indigestion is another common sign that indicates stomach ulcer. If after eating anything and there’s a persistent feeling of discomfort or feeling of indigestion, see a doctor.
Nausea: A constant nauseous feeling especially after eating is something to be addressed by seeing a physician.
See your doctor if you have the severe signs or symptoms listed above. Also see your doctor if over-the-counter antacids and acid blockers relieve your pain but the pain returns.