Stomach and Intestinal Ulcers

If the protective lining in your stomach is not functioning properly, stomach acid can cause an ulcer, a sore or hole, in the stomach or first part of the small intestine, the duodenum.

Symptoms of an ulcer vary but may include:

  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Bloody stools
  • Exhaustion
  • Feeling full or hungry
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss

Treatments for ulcers will be determined by your doctor, but most can be treated with medication to reduce acid levels in the stomach. For ulcers which have caused a perforation, a hole in the tissue, surgery may be needed.

Preventative measures against developing ulcers:

  • Limiting your consumption of alcohol
  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Limiting your use of aspirin, ibuprofen and the like

For more information, call (888) 487-9718 or find a doctor near you.