What does an ulcer feel like exactly? How can you know for sure that you have a stomach ulcer? Should you see a doctor?
A stomach or gastric ulcer (peptic ulcer) is a break in the tissue lining the stomach. Because stomach ulcers are deep inside your digestive tract, it’s not easy to diagnose yourself with an ulcer, without a physical examination.
Signs and symptoms for a stomach ulcer are that the sufferer feels like he’s having slight pain, like a sharp ache between the breastbone and belly button. Frequently, this pain is felt only a few hours after you have eaten. However, the pain can also occur at those times when your stomach is empty.
You may also feel nausea, lose some weight and loss of appetite, or even altered blood present in the vomit or in the bowel motions.
It is best to see a doctor pretty soon when you see these symptoms in you. Because a severe, untreated ulcer can sometimes burn through the wall of the stomach, allowing digestive juices and food particles to leech into the abdominal cavity. This is known as a perforated ulcer. The only treatment would be immediate surgery.