Ulcer Symptoms

Ulcer Symptoms. Consider that if you have sores inside your mouth or anywhere outside your body, you could also have those sores inside your gastrointestinal tract. More specifically in your stomach or in your duodenum (that is at the beginning of your small intestine) or it could be in your esophagus (esophageal ulcer).  This disease condition is referred to as ulcer.  An ulcer is an open sore that varies in size and possibly produces excruciating levels of pain.

Peptic ulcer is the term coined for the ulcers in your stomach lining (also gastric ulcer) or in your duodenum (duodenal ulcer).  When there is an inequality of the hydrochloric acid and pepsin in your body, an ulcer is most likely the result.

It has been found by researchers that the main cause of ulcers is the bacteria Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori.  This is a bacterium in spiral shape found in the stomach that weakens your stomach’s defenses against the acid and pepsin it produces.  Therefore, with H. pylori, the natural resistance of your stomach would be undermined letting your stomach be inflamed as well as compromising your somatic cells causing them to produce more gastric acid.

There are also certain drugs referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as the ibuprofens and acetylsalicylic acid that contribute to the development of ulcers.  These drugs interfere with the biological ability of the stomach to neutralize the gastric acids.  Your poor lifestyle too could slow down the therapeutic process for your sores or ulcers to heal completely.

Some ulcer symptoms for this disease are a burning pain in your abdomen most especially at times when your stomach is left empty.  Other ulcer symptoms are vomiting as well as nausea.  A person with an ulcer would also lose his or her appetite, thus, losing weight. He or she typically becomes tired and weak and could experience blood in his or her stool or vomit.

When you have any ulcer symptoms, refer your problem directly to your physician.  Your doctor will have a series of different options to diagnose your ulcer whether by endoscopy, gastrocopy, x-ray examinations, and then eventually could give you medications like H2 blockers and some inhibitors or some other therapies to help you.  Or perhaps they would recommend surgical intervention.  The common types of surgery are vagotomy, antrectomy, and pyloroplasty.

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