Bruce Springsteen says ‘monster’ peptic ulcer disease ‘shakes my inner world’

Bruce Springsteen says 'monster' peptic ulcer disease 'shakes my inner world'


The president is not responsible for his sore body these days.

Bruce Springsteen, 74, introduced himself Tuesday on his SiriusXM E Street radio show “From My House to Yours” as “your favorite rock star with a tummy ache” as the “Glory Days” singer continues to deal with peptic ulcer disease.

Springsteen & The E Street Band were forced to postpone the remainder of their 2023 tour dates due to his illness last month, and in his latest update, Springsteen spoke candidly about how the illness has affected his life.

“Let me take a moment and thank my fans affected by our postponed shows for their understanding,” he said. “I’m so sorry, but that belly, even though I could laugh at it, was a monster and unfortunately still rocks my inner world.”

The Boss and the Band announced a 16-date tour last week that will take them across North America from March through September next year.

Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on July 25 in Monza, Italy.
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Springsteen first revealed that he was being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease on September 6 when he postponed three shows.

The main symptom of peptic ulcers is sharp, burning pain in the stomach, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Having an empty stomach can make the pain worse, as can eating spicy or acidic foods.

Springsteen and the band perform live at the Olympic Stadium on July 23 in Munich, Germany.
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In severe cases, symptoms can include vomiting or vomiting blood, dark blood in the stool, black or tarry stools, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, nausea or vomiting, unexplained weight loss and changes in appetite.

Springsteen never disclosed the symptoms he was experiencing.

Springsteen and company. It is scheduled to hit the road next year.
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“Here at E Street, we are extremely saddened to have to postpone these shows,” a statement on his Instagram account said at the time.

“We enjoyed our shows in the US and look forward to many more great times. We will be back soon. Love and God bless everyone, Bruce.”

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