A stomach ulcer or a mucosal erosion of the stomach lining, equal or greater than 0.5cm within the area of the gastrointestinal tract that is usually acidic and is very painful. 70% to 90% of all stomach ulcers are highly associated with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, a spiral shaped bacterium, which is usually found living in the acidic environment of the stomach. But even with this fact, only 40% of the cases of ulcers are sent to the doctor for proper diagnosis or medications. Stomach ulcers can also be caused by taking drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin and other NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflamatory drugs, which could also be the reason why stomach ulcer treatment might not work.

What most people do not know is that most stomach ulcers or peptic ulcers does not really happen within the stomach but are ulcers on the first part of the small intestines or duodenum. Only a small percentage of stomach or peptic ulcers really do occur in the stomach itself. And about only 4% of these ulcers are caused by malignant tumors, and to exclude cancers multiple biopsies are needed. But usually duodenum peptic ulcers are generally benign.

Usually you a stomach ulcer is painful at the instance of food intake, while a duodenum will take about and hour or 3 hours after food intake to show signs of pain. Typically ulcers will tend to heal and recur, resulting for pain to occur and wane or disappear within hours or days at a time. Stomach ulcers might be just typical peptic ulcers, but they may be a symptom or cause more complications if it goes untreated. To prevent complications like gastrointestinal bleeding, it is advisable to seek medical help regarding your ulcers, for proper diagnosis and medication for faster healing and safer pain management.