(Victoria Shanta Retelny/ Chicago Health) — Peptic ulcers come with some key telltale signs — and they’re not very pleasant. Upper abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, vomiting, heartburn, and back pain could all be signs of peptic ulcer disease (PUD). By far, upper abdominal pain ranks as the most common symptom, with almost 80% of people with PUD experiencing it.
Peptic ulcers are open sores on the lining of the digestive tract that can result in burning stomach pain. Worldwide, 5% to 10% of people suffer from ulcers in the digestive tract.
Today, most cases of PUD are associated with a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and/or the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin, ibuprofen (i.e., Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (i.e., Aleve). (…)