A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus that is most often caused by either the germ Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Symptoms of peptic ulcers include pain that:
Other symptoms may include:
If the cause of your ulcer is the H.pylori germ, your treatment may include antibiotics. If your ulcer is caused by NSAIDS, you and your physician will decide on a treatment plan.