Health & Wellness

Is This Burning Pain a Gastric Ulcer?

Gastric Ulcer

There are several types of gastrointestinal (GI) or gastric ulcers. Each of the different ulcers typically produces different symptoms. However, the most common symptom is a burning pain felt coming from the middle of your chest that radiates to your throat and belly button.

This pain is usually caused by stomach acid coming into contact with the ulcer or an open sore on your mucosal tissue. Some people may notice the pain more at night or when their stomach is empty. It isn’t uncommon for people to have bloating, nausea or even vomiting with this type of pain. You may also have changes in your appetite and weight loss as symptoms.

Even more severe gastric ulcer symptoms may occur such as vomiting blood that is pink, red, brown or have what appears to be black coffee grounds in the vomit. Black stools may also be a symptom of a gastric ulcer. Vomiting blood and black stools can be very dangerous and you should seek medical assistance quickly if you are experiencing this.

If you feel like you are experiencing gastric ulcer symptoms it is important to see your doctor. They can evaluate your symptoms and put you on the best course of treatment.

By Molly McBrayer, clinical manager, Roper St. Francis Bariatrics & Metabolic Services

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