An ulcer is like a nasty canker sore (or crater) that typically develops either on the lining of the stomach (a gastric or peptic ulcer) or at the opening of the small intestine in the duodenum (a duodenal or peptic ulcer). Ulcers occur due to an imbalance of digestive juices or if the stomach lining suffers some form of damage (i.e., alcoholism).
An ulcer can be extremely painful, so it’s difficult to ignore if you develop one. However, if left untreated, the ulcer can eat into the stomach wall causing a perforated ulcer or the blood vessels causing a bleeding ulcer, and resulting in damaging and excruciating health complications.
Here are ten very evident signs that you may be suffering from an ulcer…
Pain in your abdomen, typically between the breastbone and belly button region, may follow a meal as the stomach empties. The pain will often come and go in waves of burning or stabbing pain.