In many cases of stomach ulcer, the disease often generates abdominal pain. In other words, pain is typically the most common symptom. However, not all patients experience this pain symptom. And does this digestive problem also can cause nausea, headache, gas (bloating), or even back pain? If so, what are the reasons of why these symptoms can occur?
What are the common symptoms?
After abdominal pain – many patients report that they also experience bloating, nausea & vomiting, and heartburn (it is often described as a burning sensation of the chest). And in severe cases, the disease also can be potential to lead to:
- Internal bleeding which may be noticed by finding blood in the stool.
- Weight loss due to changes of appetite or other unknown reasons.
- More frequent pain of abdomen, especially in the upper to mid abdomen.
- And bloody vomiting.
The link between stomach ulcer and nausea
It’s normal for you to feel nausea at some time in life, such as when getting mild fever or other mild illnesses. But nausea (especially nausea that comes without known reason) is often associated with some digestive problems such as spastic colon and stomach ulcer.
Ulcer of stomach or upper part of small intestine (duodenal ulcer) is characterized by the inflammation or open sore that occur in the lining or wall of stomach or duodenal. This inflammation can affect the mechanisms in digestive system, as a result there are some symptoms that occur and one of them is nausea. See also the differences of duodenal and stomach ulcers!
In addition, the symptom of nausea sometime is also followed with vomiting. But this vomiting may help relieve the nausea itself in some patients.
Does stomach ulcer cause gas?
Yes it does! As mentioned before, bloating is one of common stomach ulcer symptoms. And you might know well that bloating is closely related with the excess gas in the stomach and digestive track. This condition can increase your chance of releasing more gas throughout the day. For this reason, most patients are usually asked to avoid carbonate beverages and other foods that can trigger the excess gas in the digestive track.
Does stomach ulcer cause back pain?
Back pain is not the symptom of ulcer. But there is also a chance for the inflammation of stomach to irritate the back which then may result back pain, according to the Maryland’s University Medical Center. And when ulcer comes with back pain, this situation is often confused with other health conditions. In other words, back pain problem in patients with ulcer may be also caused by other health problems.
Does it also cause headache?
Like back pain, headache is also not the common symptom. Some patients may find that they experience headache when the symptoms of their ulcer flare up. But the disease itself doesn’t have a direct link with headache.
The headache may occur due the effects of ulcer symptoms. For instance, the abdominal pain can occur during the night. And if it occurs frequently, there is chance for your sleep cycle will be affected. The lack of sleep may then cause mild headache.