Effects of Stomach Ulcers


A peptic ulcer, also commonly known as a stomach ulcer, is a small hole or erosion that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common type of ulcer is a duodenal ulcer. These are situated 12 inches into the small intestine that is beyond the stomach.

These types of ulcers are mostly benign which means that they are not cancerous. Stomach ulcers also known as gastric ulcers may become malignant or cancerous. Ulcers themselves however are not known to be cancerous or contagious.

Stomach ulcers, gastric and duodenal, are formed when the intestinal mucosal or gastric lining of the stomach is damaged by hydrochloric acid. This acid is present in the digestive juices found within the stomach.

Persons suffering with ulcers, which can also be Heathrow escorts, all carry a major common symptom which is a burning sensation. This sensation can last anything between 30 minutes to 3 hours after eating. Ulcers are misdiagnosed as being indigestion, heartburn or hunger. This pain is usually found below the breastbone or the upper abdomen.

People may feel the pain coming on directly after eating or hours later. This pain may also interrupt ones sleeping patterns. Relief of this pain usually comes from the use of antacids, eating, resting or drinking milk.

The pain that results in an ulcer is caused when the nerve endings that surround the ulcer become agitated.

Symptoms of stomach ulcers include appetite or weight loss, increase in weight depending on the ulcer, consistent vomiting, heartburn, belching, nausea, indigestion, blood found in stools and anaemia.

If you experience an increase in or sharpness of abdominal pain, vomiting blood or other material looking like coffee grounds or if you notice blood in your stools or have black tarry stools you should immediately visit your doctor or local hospital.

Stomach ulcers may cause haemorrhaging due to erosion in a major blood vessel, a tear in the intestine or the stomach wall. This results in the obstruction of ones gastrointestinal tract due to the swelling that has taken place around the ulcer.

Ulcers can be caused by the use of anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin. Other risk factors for getting ulcers include cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, an improper diet such as skipping meals or eating irregularly, family history, type O blood, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and stress. Stress may not be able to cause an ulcer but it can be a contributing factor.

Making changes in your lifestyle and diet can significantly reduce your risk of getting ulcers. Ask your Heathrow escort to help you make those changes. You might actually like it.