Does Stomach Ulcer Cause Nausea, Gas, Back Pain, Headache?

In most cases of stomach ulcer, abdominal pain is the most common symptom. However, not all patients experience this pain symptom especially in the early stages of the disease. The pain may flare up with other symptoms and discomforts. How about nausea, headache, gas (bloating), and back pain? Does the disease also cause these symptoms? If so, how and why?

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).

stomach_ulcer_and_headache_illustrationAnd in severe cases, the disease also can be potential to cause:

  1. Internal bleeding which may be noticed by finding blood in the stool.
  2. Weight loss due to changes of appetite or other unknown reasons.
  3. More frequent pain of abdomen, especially in the upper to mid abdomen.
  4. 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 of stomach or duodenal. This inflammation can affect the mechanisms in digestive system, which may result in nausea.

In addition, nausea may also be followed with vomiting, though this vomiting can help relieve nausea in some cases.

Does the disease cause gas (bloating)?

Yes it does! As mentioned before, bloating is one of common stomach ulcer symptoms. The disease may  drive more gas throughout the day, causing bloating. For this reason, avoid carbonate beverages and other foods that can trigger the excess gas in the stomach.

Does it cause back pain?

Back pain is not  specific symptom of ulcers. But there is a chance for the inflammation to get worse, causing pain that is severe enough to travel to  the back, according to the Maryland’s University Medical Center.

And when ulcer comes with back pain, this situation is often confused with other health conditions. Because back pain  in patients with ulcer may be also caused by something else!

How about headache?

Like back pain, headache is also not specific symptom of the disease. Some patients may find that they experience headache when the symptoms flare up. But in general, the disease itself doesn’t have a direct link with headache.

However, sometimes headache may occur due the effects of ulcer symptoms. For instance, the abdominal pain can become more intense at night. If it occurs frequently, your sleep could be affected.  And lack of sleep may cause headache.