Do you feel a sharp pain around your stomach region? Or are you feeling a bit nausea or tiredness? If so, you may have ulcer symptoms. But first what exactly ARE ulcers? Ulcers are generally crater-like sores about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inches in diameter, but can often range from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. These small crater-like sores can form in the lining of the stomach, in the small area just below the stomach near the beginning of the small intestine in the duodenum, or in rare cases, even in the esophagus area. Ulcers that are in the stomach or duodenum are often referred to as peptic ulcers.
Ulcers are created when the lining of the stomach (or duodenum) is damaged in one or more places. The hydrochloric acid and pepsin (the stuff that digest and break down your food) works on the lining of your stomach as they would on food. Trying to break down the lining of your stomach as though to digest it. An ulcer can be created in two ways. Known mainly as the defensives and aggressive factor.
One way is when too much acid and pepsin damages the stomach lining, which results in ulcers. And the second, more commonly way, is when the damage is first caused by some other means making the stomach lining vulnerable to even an ordinary level of acid and pepsin.
Each individual is different and ulcer symptoms can be similar of differ greatly to one another. Some common cases of symptoms are either NO symptoms at all, OR:
A sharp, burning pain in the upper abdomen around your breastbone and naval. The pain can be excruciating a couple hours after a meal, or in the middle of the night when your stomach is empty.
Loss of Appetite
Loss of Weight
Weakness and Tiredness
Blood in vomit or in the “stool”
If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately. These ulcer symptoms are common among other diseases/illnesses. Remember, you may or may not have an ulcer, but another medical condition. The best way to find out is to seek professional attention.