Peptic Ulcer Disease - Symptoms Common symptoms
Common ulcer symptoms include:
A burning, aching pain—or a pain that feels
like hunger—between the navel and the breastbone. The pain sometimes extends to
the back. Belly pain that can last from a few minutes to a few
hours and that usually goes away for a while after you take an antacid or acid
reducer. Weeks of pain that comes and goes and may alternate with
pain-free periods. Loss of appetite and weight
loss. Bloating or nausea after eating. Less common symptoms
Less common but more serious symptoms of ulcers
Vomiting after meals. Vomiting
blood and/or material that looks like coffee grounds. Black stools
that look like tar, or stools that contain dark red blood. Ulcers and pains
Symptoms of ulcers in the upper small intestine (duodenal
ulcers) and in the
stomach (gastric ulcers) are similar, except for when pain
occurs. Pain from a duodenal ulcer may occur several
hours after you eat (when the stomach is empty) and may improve after you eat.
Pain also may wake you in the middle of the night. Pain
from a gastric ulcer may occur shortly after you eat (when food is still in your
stomach). Silent ulcers
Some ulcers don't cause symptoms. These are known as
silent ulcers. Silent ulcers are more common in:
Symptoms in children
In children, symptoms vary with age:
Toddlers and young children may complain of
general stomach pain. Teenagers may have symptoms more like those
The symptoms of an ulcer often can be confused with
other abdominal conditions, such as
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 15, 2013
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