Inflammation and sores that form inside the lining of the rectum and colon are called ulcers. Peptic ulcers are the most common type of inflammation. Many other types of ulcers have their own causes and signs as well. Knowing these signs can help you determine the best course of action when attempting to find a solution for the pain of ulcers.
What Causes Ulcers?
There is not a singular cause for ulcers. They stem from an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum (upper region of your small intestine). Most happen due to an infection in the lining of the small intestine. There are a few factors that can increase your odds of an ulcer including:
- A history of ulcers in your family
- Being age 50 or older
- Frequent alcohol consumption
- Other medical problems such as liver, kidney, or lung disease
While there is no definite cause of ulcers, there are a few common symptoms.
Peptic (stomach) ulcers manifest inside the lining of your stomach or the first part of your small intestine, which doctors refer to as the duodenum. There are three types of peptic ulcers:
- Gastric ulcers: Ulcers that develop inside the stomach
- Esophageal ulcers: Ulcers that develop inside the esophagus
- Duodenal ulcers: Ulcers that develop in the upper region of the small intestines
Although there are different types of peptic ulcers, they usually have similar symptoms. Symptoms include:
- Burning pain in your stomach between meals
- Loss of appetite
In severe cases, dark or black stool, vomiting blood, or an unbearable pain in your stomach can be accredited to ulcers.
Lesser Known Types of Ulcers
Less common types of ulcers can be just as detrimental as peptic ulcers. These lesser known types of ulcers are:
- Esophageal ulcers: Ulcers that manifest in the lower end of your esophagus.
- Bleeding ulcers: Internal bleeding can be caused by a peptic ulcer that was left untreated
- Refractory ulcers: Peptic ulcers that have not healed after three months of treatment
While there aren’t many ways to treat ulcers, visiting Garden State Pain Control might be the best option after a visit to your primary doctor. Your doctor may prescribe certain medications suited for your symptoms to help treat your ulcers. Most ulcers heal on their own over time as long as you cease smoking or drinking alcohol.
After consulting your primary physician, contact Garden State Pain Control to learn more about treatment to manage your pain. Our pain experts understand how to treat pain caused by peptic ulcers and are here to help. Visit us to ensure you receive the ultimate ulcer pain treatment.