An ulcer is a painful pain in the stomach lining or the opening of the small intestine. Ulcer is due to an imbalance of digestive fluids.
The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, excessive acid production, or an infection caused by Helicobacter pylori may all be responsible for the development of ulcers.
An ulcer can cause great pain but sometimes it will not show symptoms. When an ulcer is not treated, acid can eat in the stomach wall, causing perforation and bleeding.
Although many ulcers will often heal for themselves, sometimes serious health problems will result if medical treatment is not required when needed.
Here are 8 warning signs indicating an ulcer, including the following:
1. Discoloration of Stool
The ulcer can cause discolored stools that appear darker, stained or bloody.
2. Loss of appetite
Many people experience loss of appetite due to sudden and intense stomach pains.
3. Unexplained or sudden weight loss
With loss of appetite from ulcers, it is common to lose weight. This is even more likely if the ulcer causes vomiting after meals.
4. Vomiting of blood
A perforated ulcer can cause bloody vomiting. If this happens, the ulcer has progressed and immediate medical attention is indicated.
5. Abdominal pain
Feel bloated or experiencing pain or burning sensation in the upper or middle stomach after meals or at night.