#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Does Ulcer Cause Chest Pain?

Q: Ma’am, I have chest pain and they said it’s ulcer. Please can you recommend tablet or drugs for me to take or probably what I can be eating and not eating?

A: Thanks for writing in. As every regular visitor to this page is aware, I always advice that chest pain be checked out in the hospital. Better safe than sorry. It could be nothing (perhaps just muscle pain) or perhaps an anxiety attack or it could be a heart attack!
Your question didn’t give many details. Who told you it’s ulcer? Do you experience shortness of breath? Do you get any relief with antacids? If you do it may be related to acid reflux as can happen to people with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or even peptic ulcer.

Gastric acid is secreted normally in the stomach to help the process of digestion. Peptic ulcer is a sore in the stomach, esophagus or duodenum and occurs when there is either over-production of this gastric acid in the stomach or reduction in the quantity of mucous that protects the stomach from the acid. Infection with an organism, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been found to be a cause of peptic ulcer.
GERD, on the other hand occurs when stomach acid backtracks into the esophagus causing heartburn.
In both an acid reflux and a heart-related event, the pain appears to be behind the breastbone. Do you feel better when you change positions? Muscle pain and acid reflux may get better if you change positions but not a heart related ache.

So, as you can see, more questions than answers. Please go and see your doctor immediately and get a proper diagnosis.
If it is actually peptic ulcer or GERD, then the post below will help you with symptoms, treatment and prevention:


Have a good night, people ☺

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