There is no doubt that stress can have a significant and lasting impact on your health. Chronic, high levels of stress can lead to a weakening of your immune system and open the door to health issues, such as heart disease, anxiety, and depression.
Many people associate stress with stomach ulcers, but stress is not a cause of stomach ulcers alone. If the body is under stress, its ability to heal itself is impaired. As a result, you might be more prone to developing a stomach or peptic ulcer.
What is a Peptic Ulcer?
Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper part of your small intestine, causing stomach pain. The most common causes of peptic ulcers are bacteria and long-term use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). While quite uncommon, tumors that increase acid production in the stomach and stomach cancer can ultimately lead to large stomach ulcers.
Symptoms of peptic ulcers can vary from person to person but may include:
- Pain in the upper portion of the abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Acid reflux
Some people can experience more severe signs and symptoms of ulcers such as bleeding or sudden and sudden onset of abdominal pain.
While stress is not a causal factor in the development of ulcers, it does have negative impacts on your overall health and well-being and should be managed wherever possible. Increasing physical activity, getting enough sleep, improving your diet, losing weight, and focusing on mindfulness all play a role in your health and, in particular, your digestive health.
Schedule an Appointment with a GI Doctor in Dallas-Fort Worth
Digestive Health Centers specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of peptic ulcer disease. We are here to answer your questions and support you in your health journey. Contact us today to make an appointment and meet with our specialists.