A stomach ulcer
is an erosion in the lining of the stomach. These types of ulcers are usually quite painful. They are often caused by a combination of an infection with the bacteria H. Pylori along with excess acid secretion or use of certain medications (mostly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications). Certainly drinking alcohol can exacerbate an ulcer. Stomach ulcers are dangerous because they can cause a couple of life threatening complications. First, stomach ulcers can bleed. When a stomach ulcer starts bleeding
, it often takes long time to notice (because the blood has to be seen on either end of the gastrointestinal track) and it takes a long time to clot and stop bleeding (because of the stomach acid). Thus, the most life threatening complications of an ulcer is a major bleed. The second catastrophic problem that can occur is if the ulcer erodes all the way through the stomach causing a perforation. This can result in a terrible infection inside the abdomen.
Your mother needs to be followed by a gastroenterologist
for this ulcer. I suggest that you have her schedule an appointment today. There are medications that she can take which can help heal the ulcer and prevent these unwanted complications. Good luck.