What Is Stomach Ulcers?
Stomach ulcers, which are also known as gastric ulcers, are painful sores in the stomach lining. Stomach ulcers are a type of peptic ulcer disease. Peptic ulcers are any ulcers that affect both the stomach and small intestines.
Stomach ulcers occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from digestive juices is reduced. This allows the digestive acids to eat away at the tissues that line the stomach, causing an ulcer.
Stomach ulcers may be easily cured, but they can become severe without proper treatment.
Common signs and symptoms of ulcers include:
- dull pain in the stomach
not wanting to eat because of pain
nausea or vomiting
feeling easily full
burping or acid reflux
heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the chest)
pain that may improve when you eat, drink, or take antacids
anemia, whose symptoms can include tiredness, shortness of breath, or paler skin
dark, tarry stools
vomit that’s bloody or looks like coffee grounds