Common ulcer symptoms include: A burning, aching pain-or a pain that feels like hunger-between the navel and the breastbone. The pain sometimes extends to the back. Belly pain that can last from a few minutes to a few hours and that usually goes away for a while after you take an antacid or acid reducer.

Ulcers may also be caused by overuse of painkillers, such as aspirin (Bayer), and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Naprosyn). Stomach ulcers are treated with antibiotics and medications to reduce and block stomach acid.

If you suspect you may have a peptic ulcer, you may first be diagnosed by your family practitioner or internist. Children or teenagers may see a pediatrician. For further treatment you will likely be referred to a gastroenterologist, a specialist in disorders of the digestive tract.

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