How to check for ulcers?

If you are experiencing a persistent pain or discomfort in the upper part of your belly or an uncomfortable feeling whenever you gulp down food, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your digestive system. Believe me when I say ignorance isn’t always bliss, and assuming away such symptoms as normal can lead to severe health complications. This article will provide you with essential tips on how to check for ulcers before they spiral out of control.

Understanding Ulcers

Before we delve into the nitty-gritty of this guide, let us brush up our knowledge on what ulcers exactly entail. An ulcer refers to a painful open sore that develops anywhere along the digestive tract lining due to increased acid levels in the stomach causing damage.

Types of Ulcers

There are different types of ulcers depending on where they occur along the GI (gastrointestinal) tract:

  1. Gastric/Ulcer Duodenal – located within or near duodenum.
  2. Stress-Related Mucosal Damage(SMD) – typically affects critically ill patients who have had recent surgery.
  3. Esophageal Ulcer – occurs at any point within esophagus from mouth down towards stomach.

Aside from these primary classifications there are other forms related factors including but not limited:
– NSAID induced gastropathy
– Peptic Disease

Symptoms Indicating You Might Have an Ulcer

If you’re suspicious that your tummy upset has been preceded by several episodes listed below, then it’s time to gather some courage and get yourself checked by a medic like yesterday!

Some probable signs and symptoms include:

  1. Burning sensation or gnawing pain in their mid-abdomen area between meals lasting more than two days straight;
  2. Belching significant amounts of gas after eating high acidic foods shortly thereafter develop abdominal pain;
  3. Losing weight without trying to.

Other symptoms indicating that you may have an ulcer are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting (bloody vomit)
  • Poor appetite or feeling full quickly
  • Bloody stools

Diagnosing Ulcers

In general, there isn’t just one definitive way of finding out if someone has an ulcer since the sympotms vary that is why various methods can be utilized. Here are some ways that doctors use to diagnose ulcers:

  1. Endoscopy – involves passing a thin tube with a camera down your throat and into your stomach for visualization.
  2. Breath Test – identifies the presence of H pylori bacteria in the digestive tract responsible for most peptic ulcers.
  3. Stool antigen test – comes through a lab test where samples from stool help detect bacterial infections causing patients discomfort in their digestive systems.

Since every single individual’s body reacts differently, your doctor will expertly analyze several factors before opting for one method over another.

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce Risk of Developing Ulcers

There are several lifestyle changes you can make today which could reduce your risk of developing ulcers in future such as:

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Reducing alcohol intake levels considerably
  3. Managing stress by engaging exercises including yoga among others
  4. Repositioning how frequently or much amounts consumed spicy foods intake get significantly reduced.
    5.Avoid taking large portions/overindulging food/drinks especially at night while laying flat

NB: Even after adjusting our eating habits,doubts still linger around whether we could’ve had earlier symptoms suggesting having any ulcer be on high alert always consult qualified medical professional whenever unsure


Being proactive translates not only being cautious about but also sticking with healthy dietary choices while incorporating moderate exercise session regular visitation check-ups become resultant better management measure taken against getting poorly and even carrying out routine self-inspections from time to time. Live your life to the fullest and then some only by ensuring that your daily choices are well-informed ones. Here’s hoping this step-by-step guide will prove beneficial as you endeavor in investigating whether different symptoms you’re experiencing could be pointing towards having an ulcer.