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What Are the Symptoms of Ulcers?


Updated September 18, 2008

Question: What Are the Symptoms of Ulcers?
The most common symptom of an ulcer
  • Gnawing or burning pain in the abdomen between the breastbone and navel.
  • This pain usually occurs between meals and in the early hours of the morning. Duration of the pain is from a few minutes to a few hours and may be relieved by eating or taking antacids.

Less common symptoms of an ulcer
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Bleeding from ulcers
  • If blood loss is slow, it may not be obvious. People suffering from slow bleeding may feel tired and weak. If the bleeding is heavy, blood will appear in vomit or stool. Stools containing blood appear tarry or black.
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