An ulcer is basically a crater that has been eroded in the lining of the stomach.
You would probably feel abdominal pain, some bloating and possibly some nausea. In severe cases it can cause sudden gastrointestinal bleeding…quickly turning life-threatening.
People talk about suspected causes of ulcers.
Myths and Assumptions…
Many people point fingers at diet.
Spicy food is often blamed for the problem. Probably because it burns in the mouth we think it will cause damage in our stomachs.
But considering that the acid in our stomach is strong enough to dissolve a razor blade, it is doubtful that a little spice is going to do what our digestive acids cannot.
Stress also receives blame for ulcers. But just like spicy food, this has proven to have little if any part in the development of ulcers.
So what’s the story?
Between 70-90% of ulcers are caused by a bacteria that lives in the stomach’s acidic environment and can also be caused or worsened by certain anti-inflammatory drugs.
Also, while some ulcers do occur in the stomach, most ulcers actually develop in the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.