Signs and Symptoms of a Stomach Ulcer

Elderly Care in Plainview NY

Approximately 5 million people throughout the United States are currently living with a peptic ulcer and each year more than 500,000 new cases will be diagnosed. This is a sore on the inner Elderly-Care-in-Plainview-NYlining of the stomach or at the upper portion of the small intestine, generally caused by the presence of bacteria or long-term use of medications such as painkillers. Though it is a common misconception that eating spicy food or being under stress causes peptic ulcers, these conditions can worsen a stomach ulcer and make it more difficult to treat successfully. Understanding the most common signs and symptoms of stomach ulcers can help you to identify that your parent is suffering from one so that you can help them get the medical attention that they need, as well as monitor their condition to ensure that they get the ongoing treatment and care necessary to support their health as they age in place.


Some of the most common signs and symptoms of stomach ulcers include:

  • A burning sensation in the stomach
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Excessive belching
  • Feeling of fullness that is more than what they should feel according to what they have eaten
  • Frequent bloating
  • Frequent and intense heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Intolerance to fatty foods


It is important to note that approximately 75 percent of people who are living with a peptic ulcer do not experience any type of symptoms. Among those who do have symptoms, however, the symptoms are often much worse between meals and at night when the person is trying to sleep. Burning pain in the stomach is the most common symptom and this condition is often eased by eating specific foods that reduce the impact of the stomach acid on the lining of the stomach or the small intestine.


Starting elderly care for your aging parent is one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your senior loved one on a customized schedule that is tailored to their specific needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that is right for them. This means that they can enjoy a lifestyle that is fulfilling, active, and engaged, but that is also safe, comfortable, and healthy. A care provider can create a highly personalized course of care, support, assistance, and encouragement designed to address their personality, goals, and beliefs so that they are able to live the lifestyle that they desire and deserve throughout their later years. When it comes to helping your senior cope with challenging illness and conditions, such as a stomach ulcer, an elderly home care services provider can help your parent to understand their condition, encourage compliance with their medications and lifestyle guidelines given to them by their doctor, and provide support and encouragement to help them maintain their quality of  life while dealing with their condition in the way that is right for them.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Plainview, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961




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