What is a ruptured ulcer in the stomach?

As much as we enjoy our gastronomic adventures, there can be some pitfalls along the way. One of which is having an ulcer. And if it ruptures, then that’s going to ruin your day like a thunderstorm on a picnic!

The Basics

First off, let’s define what we’re dealing with here: ulcers are basically wounds or sores that develop in the lining of your stomach or small intestine. Usually caused by bacteria — Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Yes, NSAID stands for “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug”. They must have gone through great lengths to come up with such an acronym but hey! They figured it out eventually.

Need treatment immediately!

If you suspect that you have an ulcer and you suddenly experience severe abdominal pain and vomiting blood all over your kitchen floor (fun times!), then congratulations! You might just have experienced a ruptured ulcer.

This kind of emergency should not be taken lightly; immediate medical attention should be sought before more serious complications arise:

  • Peritonitis – inflammation of the tissue lining around the abdomen
  • Sepsis – infection in one’s bloodstream leading to organ failure
  • Shock – drop in blood pressure leading to various organs malfunctioning
  • Death – need I say more?

The good news? With prompt diagnosis and treatment at any hospital near you,the mortality rate is lower than 5%.


Ulcers often hide behind other symptoms making them sneakily hard to identify without diagnosis from medical experts. Here are some common signs:

  1. Burning pain or discomfort felt between meals – usually located right beneath sternum
  2. Bloating
  3. Heartburn
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting
  6. Loss of appetite
  7. Dark stools – A sign that it could be hemorrhaging

But since the symptoms of having an ulcer are comparable to indigestion, you can classify yourself as a hypochondriac until have a confirmed diagnosis by your doctors.

Feeling bloated? Could be more than just gas

Imagine this: You’re out on a romantic dinner with your significant other and you both enjoy whatever meal is put in front of you. Then suddenly starts feeling like someone inflated an airbag inside your stomach! Persistent ballooning after eating food or drinking water might be related to ulcers developing in one’s stomach lining.


Early detection is key! Get ahead of the curve by having these tests conducted so that appropriate treatment regimen may follow:

  1. Upper endoscopy (EGD)
  2. Blood test for H.pylori bacteria
  3. Stool antigen test for H.pylori

The good news? These doctors know what they’re doing and are trained specialists (cue theme tune Doctor… I presume?”).

What Is An Endoscopy?

If ever undergoing testing via upper endoscopy or “EGD”, let me give you some insight into what awaits us all when we’re lying there sick..and conscious– imagine being swallowed by giant snake like pet anaconda but less constricted without getting eaten alive!

During EGD procedure, a small camerais inserted through throat while under twilight-sedation, the health care specialist will get detailed pictures of our esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

Plus point here : we don’t have to worry about memory loss as Medical professionals record everything as well.(We’ll get to see photos later if wanted though.)

Additional diagnostic tactics employed:

  1. X-ray examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  2. Endoscopic biopsy – this involves removing small samples from ulcer sites for lab testing.


Depending upon severity, some who have ulcers may be cured within a week’s time while others might require longer medication regimen and follow-up visits at their favourite hospital near them.

Ditch the sauce!

Some known causes for aggravating one’s ulcer are hot sauces (yes, the fiery ones). Should we blame Tabasco? Mustaches? Coriander? (scratch that last one)

We will never know but its better to lay off tomato sauce or chili–we must choose peace over spice! Another lifestyle modification includes cutting back on caffeine,stressful situations, alcohol,and smoking.Turns out life is good with less drama!(who would have thunk it?)

Creativity overload due to boredom?

If you bore easily in terms of breakfast choices during your recovery period here are some food items which medical professionals say won’t affect healing process namely oatmeal, boiled eggs and smooth non-dairy products(Go gluten-free if needed)– mention that on Yelp reviews when Googling “Vegan Restaurants Near Me.”

And yes ,that is an order doc.( don’t make us suffer)


As beyond prevention being considered as preferable than cure, use of aspirin and NSAIDs should be minimized or avoided –ever thought we could live without Advil,Tylenol our painkillers? Well,maybe let’s try occasionally reduce their consumption once in a while-(emphasis added) because well….they can cause havoc inside us.

Hygiene Matters:

Apart from H.pylori bacteria factors like poor hygiene-Mind where those hands have been & stuff collected(in mouth or thrown away)& sharing usage objects causing indirect transmission play important role leading up to infection initiation.One thing I learned through this article : Wash your damn hands!

Wrap it Up:

Behold! These techniques may assist in dealing with an ulcer:

  1. Follow doctors recommendations
  2. Stomach protection(like antacid)
  3. Avoiding poor hygiene & taking steaming hot shower if want to feel refreshed since no tampons or pads are allowed on this perineal area- Womp,womp!

Remember, once it ruptures – RUN!(to the hospital). Stay safe everyone and happy eating!