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What are the signs and symptoms of peptic ulcers?

Symptoms of duodenal or stomach ulcer disease vary. Many people with ulcers experience minimal indigestion, abdominal discomfort that occurs after meals, or no discomfort at all. Some complain of upper abdominal burning or hunger pain one to three hours after meals or in the middle of the night. These symptoms often are promptly relieved by food or antacids that neutralize stomach acid. The pain of ulcer disease correlates poorly with the presence or severity of active ulceration. Some individuals have persistent pain even after an ulcer is almost completely healed by medication. Others experience no pain at all. Ulcers often come and go spontaneously without the individual ever knowing that they are present unless a serious complication (like bleeding or perforation) occurs.

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Comment from: Suecport, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I have 2 stomach ulcers and will be on lansoprazole for the rest of my life. My ulcers will never go because I also take aspirin daily for my heart. When they really flare up I'm sick, sweat profusely, cannot eat or drink and when they spasm I sometimes collapse in agony. No painkillers even touch them.

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Comment from: Candlelady42, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My peptic ulcer symptoms are severe stabbing, throbbing, and burning pain in chest, ribs, and upper stomach.

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Comment from: Peaches, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

Before I had peptic ulcer I was on the treadmill for months and had no pain. I noticed a constant feeling of slight tiredness. I ignored it. One day I had no appetite and went to bed feeling fine. Soon I began having constant diarrhea that was deep black, and uncontrollable urination. After going to the bathroom twice I almost passed out from losing so much blood, it was everywhere and I was sweating profusely. I lost the ability to walk. This went on all night long and by 6 am I knew I had to call 911. I spent 3 days in the hospital with, at first, a red blood count of eight.

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