Peptic ulcers do not always cause symptoms. Symptoms may come and go. Food or fluids sometimes make symptoms better. Having an empty stomach may make symptoms worse. However, symptoms can occur at any time.
Symptoms may include:
Ulcers can cause serious problems (like bleeding) and severe abdominal pain. Bleeding symptoms may include:
A perforated ulcer is a break through the wall of the stomach or duodenum. It causes sudden and severe pain. If you suspect this, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Last reviewed December 2016 by Daus Mahnke, MD Last Updated: 5/20/2015