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Don't Ignore the Signs of an Ulcer

By Sara Butler 

Ulcers are not fun. If you suspect you have one or wonder if your stomach problems are a sign of something more serious, then it's vital to get medical help. Here are some of the signs you may have an ulcer that should never be ignored.

Pain in the Upper Abdomen

Severe pain in the upper abdomen is one of the most common symptoms of an ulcer. While most people think of ulcers as only occurring in the stomach, the truth is that they can happen anywhere in the upper digestive tract. If you feel pain anywhere between your belly button and breastbone that is dull, aching, or burning, then see the doctor.

Nausea

Another common symptom of an ulcer is nausea. That's because an ulcer can alter the chemistry of the fluids in the stomach, leading you to feel a little green around the gills. Many ulcer patients find that eating a little something when they feel sick helps them to cut down the feeling of nausea.

Heartburn

If you experience heartburn after most meals, then it could mean you have an ulcer, especially if it's something that occurs no matter what you eat. Many ulcer patients report intense chest pain or burning in their esophagus after eating. For regular heartburn, an over-the-counter antacid is just fine but if this is a problem that occurs regularly, don't cover it up with antacids. Get it checked out to make sure it's not something serious such as an ulcer.

Your Appetite Goes Away

A loss of appetite is another common symptom of an ulcer and that can lead to unexpected weight loss. Even those with ulcers that don't experience a loss of appetite still find they lose weight without trying. If this happens to you, see the doctor. Unexplained weight loss can be a symptom of a serious issue.

Bloating

If your stomach feels bloated, then it may be indicative of an ulcer. Bloating is actually one of the earliest signs of an ulcer. Of course, you can experience bloating for a variety of reasons, but if you notice it in conjunction with some of the other symptoms discussed here, then it's time to seek medical help.

Ulcers can be serious. If you suspect you have one, seek help as soon as you can.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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