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Peptic Ulcer

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 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.

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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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