Hi. Maybe I'm a bit young for this question but also a heavy drinker and a smoker.

Last month I was checked out and found out my spleen was ready to get enlarged, so I don't know if these symptoms are because of it or because of the stomach:

I have nausea which is more severe if I was drinking last night, a bit loss of appetite, stomach discomfort, a dull ache underneath my left rib cage towards the diaphragm and, while I'm laying, I can feel my heart pulse in every spot of my abdomen I'll place my hand on.

I had these symptoms one month ago, that's why I went to the doctor to check my liver. I stopped drinking for 15 days and they slowly disappeared back then.

Are these symptoms of stomach ulcer or enlarged spleen? What other stomach issues could possibly cause these symptoms?
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replied July 27th, 2013
Hi Sentinno,

The definitive test for stomach ulcers is a H.Pylori breath test. It involves blowing into a tube into some clear liquid which can detect the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. It takes 24 hours to get the results. Non-invasive and easy. As for your enlarged spleen, I would suggest you go easy with the alcohol and cigarettes, both of which are poison.

Good Luck!
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replied July 28th, 2013
Hi inabind.

It's certainly not that easy to have a check up everytime I develop new symptoms due to alcohol. I feel stupid and I'm tired of this. Everytime the symptoms go away until now when I limit it and new ones appear when I drink excessively again.

I've gone already four times to the hospital because I had the symptoms I was reading about on the internet indicating a liver disease, until I got there and told me I'm completely healthy (the spleen was not considered a problem since it was still normal - although ready to enlarge).

Besides, I don't have an insurance to visit the doctor everytime I think I have a disease. That's why I'm asking here if someone having an ulcer experiences the exact same symptoms:

Occasional and mild nausea, (a bit after I eat, which is shown through coughing with mucus) slight loss of appetite, normal weight, no vomiting, and stabbing-like but mild pain near the diaphragm.

Also, what's the risk of suddenly having a perforation, even if the symptoms go away?
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