Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease
Abdominal pain that may be described as:
- Feeling worse several hours after eating
- Improved with eating (duodenal ulcers)
- Stabbing through to the back
- Coming and going over months
- Worse in the middle of the night
- Relieved by taking antacid medicines
- Bloating of the abdomen
- Uncomfortable sensation of fullness
- Vomiting (may contain blood or have a coffee-grounds appearance)
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Bloody or tarry black stools
- Tired, weak feeling if anemia is present
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