A stomach ulcer is a raw place or sore in the lining of the stomach. It is also called a gastric ulcer.
A stomach ulcer happens when part of the lining of the stomach is eaten away by stomach acid. Normally the lining of the stomach is protected from stomach acid. But sometimes this protection fails. Then you may get an ulcer.
This may happen because:
Cigarettes and alcohol may make ulcer pain worse.
You may have:
If the ulcer bleeds:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and give you a checkup.
Some of the tests you may have are:
It is important to get treatment for an ulcer. Your healthcare provider may prescribe:
You may need to stay in the hospital for the first part of your treatment if your ulcer is causing serious problems, like bleeding.
You may need to take medicine for quite a while. You may need to make changes in how you eat and how you take care of yourself.
Your healthcare provider will recommend that you stop drinking alcohol and stop smoking cigarettes. You may also need to stop taking some medicines, like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These medicines can irritate the stomach.
Ulcers get better with treatment, but they can happen again. Be sure to take your medicine. This will help keep you from getting more ulcers. It will also help prevent more serious problems, like bleeding or stomach cancer.