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When should I call my doctor if I have peptic ulcer disease?

If you have peptic ulcer disease, you should call your doctor for the following reasons.
  • You develop a sudden, sharp persistent pain in your stomach.
  • Your pain spreads throughout the abdomen.
  • Your abdomen feels hard, rigid and tender to the touch.
  • You feel full after eating a small amount of food.
  • Your appetite decreases and/or you lose weight without trying.
  • You feel weak.
  • You feel faint, dizzy or light-headed.
  • You are vomiting and you notice either blood or a coffee-ground appearance to your vomit.
  • Your stools look bloody or black.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have difficulty breathing.
These symptoms could be signs of a serious complication of peptic ulcer disease, possibly including a perforated stomach or intestinal wall, an internal broken blood vessel or an intestinal blockage.

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