open sore of stomach ulcer has a number of signs and symptoms, though sometimes
it could also be asymptomatic (especially when the disease is still mild). As the
open sore progresses, it would become severe – so would the symptoms. The symptoms
usually improve for a while with antacid or when you eat foods that can buffer
your stomach acid. Can the disease also cause dizziness and headache?
general, it refers to pain in the head area. How it feels like and behaves can
vary. It may be isolated to specific location of your head, affect one or both
sides of the head, or radiate across your head from one spot. The pain may feel
like a throbbing sensation, sharp, or dull ache. Also, it may develop suddenly
or gradually – which lasts from several minutes to days.
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it can be classified into many types – even there are hundreds types of
headache. The most common ones are as follows [source]:
- Migraine, an intense pain that usually occurs on one side of the head (though not always). Many people describe this kind of headache as pulsing sensation or throbbing pain. It may last for hours to several days. It may also be accompanied by other symptoms such as stomach upset, decreased appetite, increased sensitivity to noise and light.
- Tension-type headache, which is the most common type of pain in the region of head. It’s usually mild and will relieve over time, though it may come and go. Also, there are usually no other symptoms.
- Sinus headache, as the name suggests, is pain in the head caused by inflammation of sinuses (air-filled cavities in the facial bone).
- Hormone headache that occurs due to changes of hormones; for example during menopause, pregnancy, and menstrual periods.
- Cluster headaches, a piercing /burning pain that usually occurs around /behind one eye. It can be constant or throbbing. Though it’s rare, it may be the most severe type of headache.
The pain can be caused by certain problem in the structure of the head (called primary headache) – or a trouble elsewhere in the body and something else that are severe enough to trigger /stimulate pain-sensitive nerve in the head (called secondary headache).
is very common, and it refers to a range of sensations. Some people say that it
feels like off balance (feeling faint or lightheaded), while others describe it
as a feeling their surroundings are moving or spinning (vertigo).
can affect anyone, but it’s likely to occur more often as we age. In fact,
older adults tend to have health problems and medications that cause dizziness.
Can stomach ulcers
cause dizziness and headaches?
stomach ulcer is an open sore that develops in the lining of the stomach. An
ulcer can also occur in the upper part of intestine, this is called duodenal
ulcer. Both stomach and duodenal ulcers are often caused by infection from bacteria
called Helicobacter pylori, though not all people with H-pylori infection
Another common culprit is regular, long-term use of pain relievers especially NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. In addition to taking NSAIDs, the risk increases if you’re a smoker, a heavy drinker (alcohol can hurt your stomach lining), and have uncontrolled-untreated stress.
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The most common stomach ulcer symptom is a burning pain in the stomach, which usually lasts for minutes to hours – it can be chronic (come and go) for days or weeks. Other symptoms include; heartburn, nausea, intolerance to certain foods (especially fatty foods), and feeling of fullness [reference].
about headache and dizziness?
Headache and dizziness are not specific symptoms of stomach ulcer. But less often, the disease could be painful enough to cause severe dizziness that feels like a feeling faint.
feeling faint may signal an ulcer bleeding, particularly true if you also
experience one of the following severe symptoms:
- Severe nausea and vomiting that
don’t improve with lifestyle measures. Sometimes, severe ulcer may cause
vomiting blood (red /black blood).
- Difficulty to breathe (shortness
of breath for example).
- Passing stools containing blood,
which may appear tarry or black.
- Appetite loss.
- Unintentional weight loss.
ulcer bleeding could be fatal if not promptly treated. So seek immediate
medical help if you have some of those severe symptoms!
chronic internal bleeding associated with ulcer may cause anemia, a condition
in which the body has deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood.
Anemia can also contribute to cause dizziness and headache – depending on the
severity, other symptoms include; shortness of breath, fatigue, pale skin,
irregular heartbeats, and chest pain.
good news, ulcer-related feeling faint doesn’t always signal serious problem
since it can also be caused by minor factors. For example, sometimes dizziness
or headache could be a consequence /side effect of the following stomach ulcer