Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers are open sores that form on the inside of the stomach. Usually, pain can be felt from the navel to the sternum and can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers Include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Bloody stool
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting or vomiting of blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Diagnosing Stomach Ulcers:

Stomach ulcers can be diagnosed through tests, including:

  • Endoscosopy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD or Upper Endoscopy)
  • Upper GI Barium Test

Treatment for Stomach Ulcers:

Treatment for stomach or peptic ulcers usually involves various medications and can include:

  • Antibiotics to kill the H. pylori bacterium that causes ulcer formation
  • Acid-blocking or acid-reducing medication
  • Antacids
  • If ulcers fail to heal, surgery may be necessary to close the ulcer using metal clamps.