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Peptic Ulcers: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments

3. Symptoms and Eating

Some of the symptoms are in relation to eating, digesting food, or an empty stomach. For example, Very Well Health says that some people will experience pain when their stomach is empty. The symptoms could also get better after you’ve eaten something, only to return with a vengeance about an hour later. You’d think that this would cause people to overeat so that they can get some relief, but according to Very Well Health people with peptic ulcers tend to not eat as much because they also suffer from “nausea and discomfort can squash appetite or the desire to eat.” Also, certain foods will make the symptoms worse like fatty foods, while others will do nothing at all.

The source also notes that peptic ulcers can develop as a result of other conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chronic dyspepsia, gallbladder disease, liver disease, or a gastrointestinal infection. Seek out a doctor to help pinpoint what the exact cause of the ulcer is.

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