In most cases of stomach ulcer, abdominal pain is the most common symptom. However, not all patients experience the pain 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?
After abdominal pain – many patients report that they also experience bloating, nausea & vomiting, and heartburn (a burning sensation of the chest).
And in severe cases, the disease may cause the following problems [reference]:
- 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.
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) may signal problems affecting your digestive system spastic colon and stomach ulcer.
Ulcer of the stomach or upper part of small intestine (duodenal ulcer) is characterized by the inflammation or open sore that occurs in the lining of stomach or duodenum. This inflammation can affect the mechanisms in digestive system, which may result in nausea.
In addition, nausea may also be followed with vomiting. These symptoms may relieve with eating foods that can buffer your stomach acid. They are not as common as abdominal pain, but they could also be bothersome.
Nausea and vomiting without the presence of other stomach ulcer symptoms (especially abdominal pain) are less likely associated with stomach ulcers. For accurate diagnosis, see a doctor!
Yes it does! As mentioned before, bloating is one of common stomach ulcer symptoms.
The inflammation of an ulcer 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!
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 also be caused by something else!
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 could be more intense at night. If it occurs frequently, your sleep is probably affected. And lack of sleep may cause headache.