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Temporary stomach pain usually doesn't make you panic, right? You just assume it was something you ate. But what if the pain lasts for days? Could it be a stomach ulcer?
Gastroenterologist Dr. Anish Sheth weighs in.
Q: "I've been having stomach issues lately. How can I tell if it's an ulcer?"
A: "We all get little aches and pains in the belly," Dr. Anish says. "Sometimes we eat too much, sometimes we're traveling — so the biggest concern is, is this just a little bit of irritation, is this going to pass, or am I actually developing an ulcer?
What are symptoms of a stomach ulcer?
According to Dr. Anish, here are a few:
- Pain in the middle of the abdomen, kind of high up
- Loss of appetite
- Worse pain after eating
- Stomach pain that lasts longer than a few hours or a day
- Dark stool
What does a stomach ulcer feel like vs. heartburn?
"[Heartburn] wouldn't be constant," the doc says. "[An ulcer] is something people describe as a boring pain — something that's really deep, nagging, doesn't go away [and makes it] hard to get comfortable."
Always consult your doctor about medical issues.