As medical science is progressing day-by day and making people aware of new and advanced drugs, more and more people are facing health problems and various diseases. Today’s lifestyle is also responsible up to some extent for the cause of many severe diseases. Ulcer is one of them. More than half of the world’s population is suffering form this disease.
About 25 million people in United States suffer from ulcer every year. This disease is not new to any person but is increasing and affecting individuals’ day-by-day. So, it is very necessary that people should be aware of ulcer and the ulcer symptoms. This is because if this disease is discovered at an early stage then the chances of complication are negligible and so it can be treated easily.
Ulcer is primarily caused by bacteria called as H. pylori. Millions of individuals can be infected by this bacterium as it is transmitted from one person to other very easily. However, these bacteria alone are not responsible to cause ulcer. This bacterium very easily damages the protecting membrane that is inside the stomach, esophagus or duodenum.
The people experiencing ulcer are strictly advised not to drink alcohol or coffee. Smoking should also be avoided in such cases. This is because the H pylori bacterium speeds up the damage of the membrane. Many times stress, anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and spicy food also add to membrane’s deterioration.
So, once these bacteria eat the membrane lining a wound appears on the lining. It is this wound that is ulcer itself. So, if left ignored and untreated it would grow and result in serious problem in the body.
So, it is for sure that if you know the signs and symptoms of ulcer, you would definitely visit a doctor and start the treatment to cure the disease as soon as possible. Below given are the most encountered symptoms of ulcer:
As soon as ulcer evolves in the body the very first sign is it causes heartburn. After sometime a burning sensation with pain occurs in the upper and middle regions of the stomach. Initially this pain is light but as ulcer grows it becomes quite uneasy eventually. Many times, this pain occurs in the middle of night because the stomach is empty.
Some of the other ulcer symptoms include
- Acidity or burning sensation
- Feeling of discomfort
- Indigestion after a meal
- Black Stool
These symptoms can be relieved by taking antacids in the initial stages of ulcer. Bleeding mostly occurs in the later stages when the wound is not treated at the right time and reaches the blood vessels. In such cases the ulcer is called as the bleeding ulcer. This bleeding also results in stool which is black and has blood and also vomiting that contains blood.
Therefore these are some of the ulcer symptoms that most patients have experienced. If you have observed some of the other symptoms then consult a doctor as soon as possible.