Springsteen’s diagnosis sheds light on peptic ulcer disease

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Peptic ulcer disease has been thrust into the national spotlight after the news broke that it was the reason Bruce Springsteen had to postpone all of his concerts.  

The disease occurs when sores – or ulcers – form in the stomach or small intestine. It can often go undiagnosed since a person may not experience any symptoms, which can include a burning feeling in the stomach, heartburn and nausea.  

The condition may be brought on by a certain type of bacteria but also a type of medicine call non-steroidal inflammatory drugs, ibuprofen, naproxen, or even low-dose aspirin. 

People that experience burning or bloating in their stomach should contact their physician.