Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease
Some people do not have symptoms. In others, symptoms may come and go. Problems may be:
- Burning stomach pain that:
- May wake a person up from sleeping
- May last a few minutes or many hours
- Is worse on an empty stomach—but better after eating or drinking
- Feels better after taking antacids
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lack of hunger
- Feeling of fullness
Ulcers can cause bleeding. It is rare but heavier bleeding can cause:
- Bloody or black, tarry stools (poop)
- Vomiting that looks like coffee grounds or blood
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- Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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