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Can Stomach Ulcers Cause Back Pain?



Stomach ulcers CAN cause back pain.

More Info: Stomach ulcers often cause pain, usually in the middle or upper abdomen, but they can also lead to pain in the back. This symptom can be tricky to diagnose since ulcers are often not the first thing that comes to mind when someone complains of back pain.

Initial Pain

Ulcers usually begin with discomfort or pain the upper or middle abdomen. It is often a burning or gnawing pain, but sometimes it is described as stabbing. The discomfort can also include bloating, heartburn, nausea and vomiting. The pain often becomes worse with time, but usually does not radiate.

Back Pain

In some cases, the pain does radiate and is even felt in the back. When this happens, it can be because the ulcer has gotten particularly bad or has even perforated the posterior of the stomach or intestinal lining. Back pain caused by an ulcer is usually low in the back and sometimes, but not always, comes on suddenly.

Pain Relief

Most ulcers are treated with antibiotics that kill an ulcer-causing bacterium. Some ulcers are caused by the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, so they are treated by switching to less-irritating medications. Ulcer patients are also often given medication to lower the production of stomach acid so the acid does not further irritate the sore stomach lining. Pain in the back sometimes requires more invasive treatment if it is caused by a perforation.



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