The symptoms of ulcers in digestive tract can be different between the various types, but there are similarities with general symptoms. The standard signs that you may have a stomach ulcer or other type of ulcer are as follows:
Abdominal pain – caused by the inflammation of the stomach lining, and also by build up of gases
Heartburn – otherwise known as acid reflux, is caused by a slowing down of the digestive system
Discomfort after meals – also related to the above, generally a couple of hours after eating
Anaemia – iron deficiency can come about as a result of the bacteria involved in causing ulcers
Bad breath – again a cause of the bacteria
Constipation – the bacteria causes the loss of food processing
Nausea and vomiting – apparently caused by the bacteria
Bleeding – Severe ulcers may cause bleeding in the stomach or duodenum. Bleeding is sometimes the only symptom of an ulcer. This bleeding can be fast or slow. Fast bleeding reveals itself in one of the following ways:
• Vomiting of blood or dark material that looks something like coffee grounds: This is an emergency and warrants an immediate visit to an emergency department.
• Blood in the stool or black, tarry, sticky-looking stools
Slow bleeding is often more difficult to detect, because it has no dramatic symptoms.
The usual result is low blood cell count (anemia). The symptoms of anemia are tiredness (fatigue), lack of energy (lethargy), weakness, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and pale skin (pallor).
These are some of the main symptoms associated with stomach and other digestive system ulcers, but it is vital to understand they can also occur with other conditions. There are a number of lesser or secondary symptoms that can also manifest, including:
• Anxiety and depression
• Fatigue and general tiredness
• Unusual headaches
• Sinus and sleep problems
• Abnormal weight gain or loss