Lord of the Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson has been forced to delay filming of his next film, The Hobbit, because of illness. The 49-year old Academy Awarding winning director was hospitalized at Wellington Hospital in New Zealand for severe stomach pains. The cause was a perforated gastric ulcer, for which he had to undergo surgery. The hospital released a statement saying: “Sir Peter is currently resting comfortably and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery.”
Your stomach makes acid to break down the food you eat. But in some people, the acid can damage the lining of their stomach. This is called gastritis (inflammation of the stomach). Gastritis can be caused by a number of different things. The most common are:
A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of your stomach or duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. A peptic ulcer in the stomach is called a gastric ulcer.
What are the symptoms of peptic ulcers?
A dull or burning pain in your stomach is the most common symptom of peptic ulcers. You may feel the pain anywhere between your belly button and breastbone. The pain often
Other symptoms of peptic ulcers may include
Call your doctor right away if you have
These symptoms could be signs an ulcer has
These symptoms must be treated quickly and may require surgery.
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