If holiday indulgence has left you with a burning sensation in your gut, it could be a case of heartburn or a stomach ulcer. How are some tips on how to tell the difference.
Pinpoint the Pain. The location of the pain is one of the easiest ways to tell whether stomach discomfort is more likely to be heartburn or an ulcer. Ulcer pain tends to occur in the abdominal area — especially just above the belly button — but people experiencing heartburn, acid indigestion or sour stomach- typically feel pain in the chest and throat. That could also signal the more serious form of heartburn – reflux disease or GERD.
There’s another way to distinguish between these conditions: Often, eating makes stomach ulcers feel better but typically makes heartburn and GERD symptoms worse.