Some people do not have symptoms. In others, symptoms may come and go. Problems may be:
Burning stomach pain that:
- May wake a person up from sleeping
- May last a few minutes or many hours
- Is worse on an empty stomach but better after eating or drinking
- Feels better after taking antacids
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lack of hunger
- Feeling of fullness
Ulcers can cause bleeding. It is rare but heavier bleeding can cause:
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- Vomiting that looks like coffee grounds or blood
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD Last Updated: 2/9/2021