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Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer: Introduction

Symptoms of peptic ulcer can vary depending on the individual. Symptoms can be mild to severe.

Typical symptoms include epigastric pain, and burning in the upper abdomen. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and pain between the shoulder blades in the back. The pain of a peptic ulcer often begins about two hours after eating and also occurs at night. Eating more food or taking an antacid often decreases or relieves the pain.

Complications of peptic ulcer include the development of a perforated peptic ulcer, which can bleed. Symptoms of a perforated peptic ulcer include blood in the vomit (hematemesis) and black tarry stools (melana). A bleeding perforated peptic ulcer is a life-threatening condition and a medical emergency.

Bleeding from a peptic ulcer can result in anemia. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, and light-headedness. Severe bleeding (hemorrhage) can result in shock and death.

If a peptic ulcer gets deep enough to go through the stomach wall, stomach contents may spill into the abdominal cavity, resulting in a serious complication called peritonitis.

Peptic ulcers that have left scars can result in the develoment of a complication called pyloric stenosis. Symptoms of pyloric stenosis include projectile vomiting immediately after a meal.

Bloody stools, tarry black stools (melana), and vomiting blood can be symptoms of serious, even life-threatening diseases and conditions. These symptoms are a medical emergency that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting....more about Peptic Ulcer »

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Peptic Ulcer includes the 17 symptoms listed below:

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer:

Abdominal discomfort is the most common symptom. This discomfort usually

  • is a dull, gnawing ache.

  • comes and goes for several days or weeks.

  • occurs 2 to 3 hours after a meal.

  • occurs in the middle of the night (when the stomach is empty).

  • is relieved by food.

  • is relieved by antacid medications.
Other symptoms include

  • weight loss

  • poor appetite

  • bloating

  • burping

  • nausea

  • vomiting
Some people experience only very mild symptoms, or none at all.

Emergency Symptoms

If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away:

  • sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain

  • bloody or black stools

  • bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

They could be signs of a serious problem, such as
  • perforation--when the ulcer burrows through the stomach or duodenal wall.

  • bleeding--when acid or the ulcer breaks a blood vessel.

  • obstruction--when the ulcer blocks the path of food trying to leave the stomach.
(Source: excerpt from H_ pylori and Peptic Ulcer: NIDDK)

Peptic Ulcer as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Peptic Ulcer. This signs and symptoms information for Peptic Ulcer has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Peptic Ulcer signs or Peptic Ulcer symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Peptic Ulcer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Peptic Ulcer symptoms.


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