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An ulcer is nothing but a sore in the gastrointestinal tract. The sore forms on the lining of the mucosal membrane covering the gastrointestinal tract. This is a painful condition to have and can cause a lot of discomfort, especially a few hours after the person has consumed a meal.
Usually ulcers are caused when a particular strain of bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori proliferates in the body. Ulcers can also be due to high amounts of gastric acids that have a corrosive action on the lining of thegastrointestinal tract. Certain drugs like NSAIDs, smoking, drinking alcohol or stress can also lead to ulcers.
Before you get a full-blown ulcer, your body will give certain warning signs. It is in your best interests to know the different warning signs so that you can take effective measures at the earliest.
One of the first ulcer warning signs is suffering from a burning sensation and pain in the abdominal region for around half an hour to more than three hours. This burning sensation and pain is localized to the center of the stomach or just under the breastbone. Usually it is mistaken for a heartburn or hunger pangs.
Sometimes, this sensation can come about in the night or a couple of hours after eating. Many times, this sensation can be alleviated by eating some food or drinking a glass of milk. However, this is only true for people suffering from a duodenal ulcer. If the person suffers from a stomach ulcer, the pain and burning sensation will increase if the person eats or drinks something.
Besides pain and burning sensation, other ulcer warning signs include losing weight, suffering from nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and feeling relief after drinking milk or chewing on an antacid.
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