• Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease

      Abdominal pain that may be described as:
      • Burning
      • Gnawing
      • 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
    • Cramping
    • Uncomfortable sensation of fullness
    • Belching
    • Nausea
    • 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

    References

    American College of Gastroenterology website. Available at: http://www.acg.gi.org/ . Accessed March 3, 2006.

    Cecil RL, Goldman L, Bennett JC. Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2000.

    Meurer LN, Bower DJ. Management of helicobacter pylori infection. Am Fam Physician [online]. Apr 2002;65(7). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020401/1327.html.

    National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at:. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ . Accessed March 3, 2006.

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