The first of the symptoms that occur in people with stomach ulcer is a constant pain in the abdomen. This pain doesn’t have to be intensive but can be more like an uncomfortable felling in the stomach. Nevertheless, the pain is constant and may bother you, so if you experience a similar feeling, see your doctor.
One can also feel the pain that occurs suddenly and disappears after meals. But several hours after the meal this pain will probably occur again. The pain is likely to start during the night or just before morning. One of the symptoms is appetite loss, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Some of the common symptoms are prolonged feeling of fullness in the stomach and saliva rushes.
What is important to say is that it’s possible to have a stomach ulcer but without any of these symptoms in the beginning.
There are symptoms that occur later like persistent stomachache or blood in the stool. Also, one can start vomiting fresh blood or notice sudden change in stool color which becomes considerably darker. If you experience any of these symptoms, you must visit your doctor immediately because these symptoms indicate serious condition and should not be ignored. If you start treating this condition in time, there will be no severe consequences for your health. But it is very important for you to react in time.
Nearly 80 to 90 % of ulcers are related to Helicobacter pylori. Sometimes a stomach ulcer can be caused by inappropriate/excessive use of medications and drugs. Even some sorts of food may contribute to ulcer developing. Most people do not know that stomach ulcer actually does not develop right in the stomach but in the small intestine near the stomach. The symptoms of stomach ulcer vary depending on a person’s age and/or ulcer position within the abdomen. However, if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, see your doctor and tell him about it.
If you have been diagnosed with stomach ulcer, your doctor will decide about your treatment. In some cases, surgery is required. In fact, in emergencies, surgery has to be done. These are routine surgical procedures, so there is no need to worry. After this, you will be told how to moderate your diet and your life style. Stomach ulcer can be successfully treated if detected in time. Otherwise, it can result in serious complications. Perforated stomach ulcers can cause severe problems and they require immediate intervention. Do not ignore the pain and other symptoms. If you start feeling severe pain or you see some fresh blood in your vomit or stool, contact your doctor immediately.
Stomach ulcer diet is not too restrictive, but you will have to avoid certain types of foods. For example, you will not be allowed to consume fatty and acidic foods. You will have to forget about alcohol and cigarettes. Some fruits, like orange, lemon and tomatoes will have to be eliminated from your diet. You will be advised to avoid carbonated beverages and drinks that contain caffeine. Even decaffeinated coffee is not recommended. You can consume lean meat, but you will have to stay away from fatty meat and fast food. Fatty sauces like tartar sauce or mayonnaise are not recommended. Artificial sweeteners and other additives can cause stomach irritation, so you should not consume foods that contain any of these additives.
If you follow your doctor’s instructions, you will keep your condition under control. Moderate physical activity will help you get better. Long walks and spending time in fresh air will be beneficial, so as other relaxing activities. You will also reduce the levels of stress, which is very important for your overall health. According to some researches, stress can make this condition much worse.
Women are more prone to gastric ulcers, but the truth is that it can happen to anyone, regardless of one’s age or gender.