A duodenal ulcer or peptic ulcer is classified under the broad category of stomach ulcers. Although the ulcer develops in the intestine just outside the stomach, it is close enough in nature and symptoms to stomach ulcers to share the name. This common medical issue is most often seen in men over sixty and can cause stomach pain and nausea in the early stages.
Sharp pains in the upper part of the stomach are one of the most common signs of an ulcer in this area, but a significant number of patients may have an ulcer without these pains. Patients often describe the pain in terms of a powerful burning sensation, or they might tell the doctor they feel as if something is gnawing away at the center of their stomach. Generally, the pain comes and goes but it could be so strong that it wakes the patient up in the night.
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