Peptic ulcers are sores that arise on the inside lining of the stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine.
The two types of peptic ulcers are:
- Gastric ulcersthat occur on the inside of the stomach lining
- Duodenal ulcersthat occur in the lining of the upper portion of your small intestine (duodenum)
It is possible to have both gastric and duodenal ulcers at the same time. This is known as a gastroduodenal ulcer.
Many people with peptic ulcers do not have symptoms. However, the most common symptom is stomach pain. Gastric ulcer symptoms are more likely to be experienced right after eating, while duodenal ulcer symptoms are typically felt several hours after a meal.