What Is Peptic Ulcer Disease?
Peptic ulcer disease refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
Signs and Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers:
The most frequent symptom of a peptic ulcer is burning abdominal pain that spreads from the navel part to the chest. The pain can extend from mild to severe, and it may wake you up at night in some cases.
Some common symptoms of ulcers include:
- Abdominal pain that last for a few minutes or a few hours, which normally goes away after you intake an antacid or acid reducer.
- Nausea or bloating after eating.
- Weight loss and loss of appetite.
- Weeks of pain that may alternate with pain-free periods and the pain may come and go often.
- A pain that feels like hunger or a burning, aching pain that happens between the navel and the breastbone. The pain may sometimes reach to the back.