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Health Issue Has Bruce Springsteen Postponing Shows for the Rest of the Year
  • Posted September 28, 2023

Health Issue Has Bruce Springsteen Postponing Shows for the Rest of the Year

Rock star Bruce Springsteen announced Wednesday that he has postponed all of his remaining shows this year as he deals with peptic ulcer disease.

Springsteen said he's continuing to “recover steadily from peptic ulcer disease over the past few weeks and will continue treatment through the rest of the year on doctor's advice,” in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Peptic ulcer disease strikes 1 in 10 Americans, and it typically involves open sores or ulcers forming in the stomach or along the first part of the small intestine, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Many cases of peptic ulcer disease develop because a bacterial infection eats away the protective lining of the digestive system, but it can also develop when people frequently take NSAID painkillers because they can wear away the protective mucus layer in the intestines. Commonly used NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and prescription medications like Celebrex.

Symptoms of peptic ulcer disease can include burning pain in your stomach, bloating, heartburn and nausea/vomiting. More serious symptoms can include black stool, weight loss and severe pain.

The 74-year-old singer had already canceled several shows for August and September, CNN reported. Springsteen noted that he plans to announce the new concert dates next week, to take place at their originally scheduled venues.

“When the new 2024 dates are announced, those unable to attend on the new date who purchased their tickets through official ticketing companies have 30 days to request a refund. All tickets for postponed performances will remain valid for the newly announced dates,” the statement read.

Springsteen spoke directly to his fans in his announcement, saying, “Thanks to all my friends and fans for your good wishes, encouragement, and support. I'm on the mend and can't wait to see you all next year.”

More information

The American College of Gastroenterology has more on peptic ulcer disease.


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