Stomach ulcers typically feels like a gnawing pain in the stomach that sometimes gets better with food and other times gets worst with food. However, there are often other more subtle symptoms. With a stomach ulcer, the acid in the stomach is causing the stomach to digest itself.

The most common signs and symptoms of stomach ulcers in humans is:

  • An unexplained dull or burning pain in your stomach.
    • The pain is usually felt between your belly button and breastbone and happens usually when your stomach is empty (at night)
    • Stomach ulcer pain stops temporarily if you eat or take antacids
      • Antacids briefly relieve stomach ulcer pain because it neutralizes and reduces the amount of acid in the stomach
      • Antacids are also taken to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, and stomach upset. Some antacids contain simethicone, which reduces gas.
    • Pain typically lasts for minutes to hours and can some and go for several days, weeks, or months
  • Indigestion
    • Indigestion is a general feeling of pain or discomfort in the stomach area. It is often mistaken for heartburn which can occur at the same time.
    • The biggest difference between heartburn and indigestion is the location of the pain. Heartburn pain occurs slightly higher than the stomach and is felt in the lower middle part of the chest.

Less common symptoms of stomach ulcers in humans may include:

  • unable to tolerate fatty foods
  • bloating
  • burping
  • feeling sick to your stomach
  • poor appetite
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
  • feeling weak or faint

Even if your symptoms are mild (burping and poor appetite), you should see your doctor to talk about your symptoms. Without treatment, a stomach ulcer can get worse and can start bleeding. If you symptoms are relived by over-the-counter antacids and acid blockers, make sure you discuss this with your doctor. Pain relief doesn’t mean the ulcer is getting better. It can still get worst even when temporarily relieved by antacids.