A peptic ulcer is a break, tear, or hole in the lining of the stomach or duodenum (opening to the small intestine). The damage to the lining that otherwise protects your stomach is most often caused by an imbalance in the pH of the digestive juices. Because of the highly acidic nature of digestive juices, peptic ulcers can be extremely painful and most the time very difficult to ignore. But if they are allowed to progress, they can lead to dangerous and painful health complications. Here are ten symptoms that point to an ulcer.
Pain between the belly button and the bottom of the ribcage is considered abdominal, this is the region that houses your stomach and other digestive organs. The pain may come on after a meal as the stomach empties and the digestive juices are agitated. Ulcer pains come in waves and may be described as stabbing, burning or sharp.
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