Gastric Ulcer: What you need to know

Gastric ulcer is a type of Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) that’s affects the stomach. When someone has stomach or gastric ulcer, painful sores develop in the stomach lining or the small intestine. This happens when the thick layer of mucus that protects the stomach from digestive juices is reduced thus enabling the digestive juices to eat away at the lining tissues in the stomach.
The reduction in the stomach’s mucus lining which leads to ulcer is caused by various factors including the following:
1. Bacteria infection
2. Long term use of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, aspirin.
3. Excess acid in the stomach resulting from stress, certain food or even one’s genetics.
4. Smoking
5. Excessive consumption of alcohol
6. Frequent use of steroids
7. Old age
8. Hypercalcemia: overproduction of calcuim
There are a number of symptoms peculiar to stomach ulcer and the severity of the symptoms depends on the severity of the ulcer.
1. Pain in area between your chest and belly button when the stomach is empty and could last between few minutes to long hours.
2.  Vomiting (Sometimes blood)
3. Loss of appetite
4. Weight loss
5. Heartburn
It is important you ask to see your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms. The abdominal pains could be mistaken for hunger which they are not.
Can it be cured?
Yes ulcers can be cured and treatment for it are not so complicated. states that most ulcers can be treated with a prescription from a doctor, but in rare cases, surgery may be required.
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