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What are the symptoms of peptic ulcers?

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You’ll most likely feel a burning pain or discomfort between your belly button and breastbone. You might especially notice it when you have an empty stomach. The pain may stop for a little while if you eat or take an antacid, but then return. The pain can last for a few minutes or a few hours, and may come and go for many days or weeks.

Other symptoms may include:

Small ulcers may not cause any symptoms, but if you notice any of these signs, talk to your doctor.

  • Bloated feeling
  • Burping
  • Lack of appetite or weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Bloody or dark poop
  • Vomiting

From: Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers) WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/27/2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Peptic ulcer disease (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Peptic Ulcers.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”

CDC: “Helicobacter pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Peptic Ulcers.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Peptic ulcer disease (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Peptic Ulcers.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”

CDC: “Helicobacter pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Peptic Ulcers.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

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