Peptic Ulcers


The symptoms of peptic ulcers can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sarah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I've suffered with my peptic ulcers on and off for quite a while now. I get a burning pain in my stomach between my navel and ribs with bloating and belching. I'm always undoing my waistband because my stomach ulcers don't like pressure on them. I recently went to my sister's wedding and was wearing a girdle. After a couple of hours my stomach was killing me, l had to take it off and roll my pantyhose down off my burning tummy.

Comment from: Tina , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I have had severe stomach pain since January, been to the emergency room a few times, and was told I had a hiatal hernia. The pain has only gotten worse. I am unable to sleep at night, the pain shoots into the back left shoulder. I finally had a gastroscope and was told I have peptic ulcers. I am still in pain.

Comment from: Stomach ulcer , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I'm a 22 year old female who's always been really healthy and never had any health issues until about less than a year ago, when I started having extreme stomach issues with peptic ulcers. I've been in and out the hospital since February. I tested positive for Helicobacter pylori and they prescribed antibiotics. I took them for 2 weeks and felt fine. About a month later, a couple days before I started my period, the symptoms came back and they’ve been back since, so I don't think I got rid of it; or I may have stomach ulcers or GERD.

Comment from: Johnny, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

Peptic ulcer is not yet confirmed but after 4 days of the prescription strength Prilosec my doctor gave me, I'm feeling much better. I hadn't eaten for a couple days due to stress and then symptoms started; abdominal discomfort, bloating, cramps, pain under the left side of rib cage. Thought it was something way more serious. Turned out well.

Comment from: Edward junior, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I suffer from peptic ulcers and I can't access medication, so I am experiencing vomiting and heart burning.

Comment from: J K Singh, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My symptoms of peptic ulcer are gas, pain and burning sensation. It may also cause black or red stool. You can try these OTC medicines, omeprazole daily on empty stomach, DDR 60 (dexlansoprazole) daily one tablet after meal, Ganoderma capsules 1 tablet thrice daily, multivitamin syrup with lycopene 5 ml daily, and a probiotic tablet 1 tablet twice daily. Do it for 7 days, and if it is ulcer or gastritis, you will feel better.

Comment from: Gift, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 13

I feel pains from my peptic ulcers if I don't eat early, most times it comes from the upper side of my abdomen (left side). Sometimes I feel as if my intestine is tied. At times I barley breathe well or turn whenever I am feeling pain. At times I feel hotness from my tummy to my chest.

Comment from: Clockiel, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I didn't realize what was causing my pain. I thought it was bad shoulder pain, and I took NSAIDs. When the pain got worse, I took more of them. This went on for a year or so. One day though, I couldn’t stand up without getting dizzy. Soon after, any time I tried to stand up I would vomit and get dizzy. I went to the hospital. I had a huge peptic ulcer. Only a week after I was home did I realize my shoulder pain was gone. Because it wasn't shoulder pain at all. It was the ulcer the entire time.

Comment from: Val, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I started by feeling extremely fatigued in the morning and throughout the day. By that afternoon, I was losing consciousness and passing out. Then came the black diarrhea! I knew right then that I was bleeding internally and went to the hospital. I stayed in the ICU for 8 days and needed a blood transfusion. It was ulcers caused by ibuprofen.

Comment from: Shelley , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had terrible reflux and night nausea for a few months. Finally I did a scope and they found gastritis and Helicobacter pylori, but there was no mention of an ulcer. I did the eradication treatment and took Omez for a few months. I started taking DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) and weaned off Omez. Months later terrible upper gastric burning, stabbing pain and nausea sent me to the emergency room. Diagnosis was duodenal ulcer. I got back on to Omez. Whenever I stop it I get flare ups and take days to recover from the pain, cramping and nausea.


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Comment from: Ogee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

For the past three years I have been having pains in the upper part of my left abdomen because of peptic ulcers. Whenever I feel hungry or whenever I overeat too I feel pain there. And whenever I feel like going to the men’s room and I take long, I feel pain too.

Comment from: Oscar, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

My peptic ulcer is from generalized anxiety disorder and my doctor put me on Omez. I still have fatigue and abdominal pains.

Comment from: kigozi bright, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had a sudden attack of peptic ulcers while I was having lunch and my stomach got hard. I went to the hospital for a few days and they told me that I had ulcers. But after the treatment I still have pain in my lower abdomen.

Comment from: Nirmala, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

Since last 4 years I have been suffering from intestine problem. By consulting doctor I found that there is a peptic ulcer in my stomach. I can't eat a full plate of food and I am suffering from constipation. This causes burning on my lips and anus area.

Comment from: Mandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I went for a normal leg operation, but the very next day I started getting very severe pain on my stomach. It got worse within seconds, and I was rushed to theater. After they discovered a burst ulcer, I had an emergency operation, and was in the ICU on machines for 9 days. But I still don't know what has caused it or how to make sure that it never happens again. It was a very scary situation to be in. But glad that I made it.

Comment from: Debbie, Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I have pain below the sternum above the belly button from peptic ulcers. I have had gastric bypass also.

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

My symptoms started with black tarry stools, weakness and light headedness, but no pain. I went to my doctor, who said that I needed to be admitted to a hospital as I had internal bleeding from an ulcer. I was admitted on the same day and stayed there for seven days of treatment. I needed a blood transfusion - 6 units - as by this time I was quite anemic with hemoglobin of 6.5, when the normal reading is 12. I was given omeprazole for the ulcer. The endoscopy showed I had a duodenal ulcer. The ulcer was negative for h. pylori, and was induced by NSAIDs namely Naproxen. This medication was stopped to prevent further damage, and I was advised not to take anti-inflammatory drugs at all. The onset of this illness was very sudden, and required fast medical help, otherwise I could have literally died from it. This was a very scary experience for me.

Comment from: tomdabom007, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I have been dealing with these ulcer problems for several weeks now, and was just diagnosed by a doctor. Before that I didn't know what the problem was, just that something was very wrong. My symptoms: Any time I ate a meal, I would soon develop an aching feeling in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen, and/or a burning, gnawing pain right below my breastbone, frequently followed by vomiting. The pain would last for from 5 to 8 hours. I have experienced kidney stones in the past, and if I rate that pain as a 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being no pain) then this pain could get as bad as a 7 or an 8.


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