(Gastric Ulcer, Stomach Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcer)
Chronic burning or gnawing stomach pain which often begins 40-60 minutes after finishing a meal or at night. Drinking a large glass of water or eating food relieves it. Vomiting or swallowing something quite alkaline also does. The pain sometimes awakens the person at 1 or 2 a.m. Pain just beneath the breastbone is a frequent symptom of an ulcer. Sometimes it radiates to the back. The pain is often considered to be heartburn or an empty stomach.
Other symptoms may include headaches, a choking sensation, lower-back pain, itching possible vomiting.
Gastric ulcers are peptic ulcer occurring in the stomach, Duodenal ulcers are peptic ulcer occurring in the top part of the small intestine. However causes and treatment are essentially the same.
These ulcers can be caused by wrong or too much food. They can also be induced by severe nervous and mental stress.
The wall of the stomach pours a powerful acid into the stomach (hydrochloric acid, or HCL). This powerful fluid is needed to digest protein. Although the walls of the stomach are protein, they are not normally disturbed by the fluid. But when they are problems with the people or the food then trouble can begin.
Two problems bring trouble when stomach acid begins digesting the walls of the stomach, because too much HCL is been produced, or protective mucus, in order to protect the walls is not been produced.
These ulcers can occur in the esophagus but generally occurs in the stomach or small intestine.
GASTRIC ULCER (peptic ulcer in the stomach) occur 2 ½ times more often in men than women, most frequently in the 40-55 age group. DUODENAL ULCER (peptic ulcer in the small intestine) occurs in the first 11 inches of the small intestine and are caused by excess HCL from the stomach. These ulcers are found in men 4 times as often as in women. And most frequently between 25-40 years of age. Duodenal ulcers occur 10 times more often than gastric ulcers.
As much as 155 of the U.S. population have ulcers, but only about half are diagnosed. Some are not discovered until the person begins vomiting blood. Ulcers especially occur during the spring and fall, and tend to in families.
Many factors affect stomach acid secretion, stress and anxiety increase it. Aspirin, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and smoking, all increase HCL production.
When you have stomach pain, drink some lemon juice. If the pain gets worse, you have too much acid in your stomach.
Hypoglycemias tend to produce too much HCL and are in danger of eventually having a peptic ulcer. If you vomit blood or have “coffee-ground” stools, then the ulcer is bleeding. You are in danger of bleeding to death, go to a hospital immediately.
Is your stomach pain caused by an ulcer? Here is how to find out: when you have pain, swallow 1 Tbsp apple cider or lemon juice. If the pain disappears, you do not have enough HCL; if it makes it worse, you have excessively acid stomach.