Organisers for Springsteen’s North American tour, which began last month, explained that Springsteen “is being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease, and the decision of his medical advisers is that he should postpone the remainder of his September shows”.
Characterised by gnawing pain, peptic ulcers are sores that develop on the lining of the stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine.
Worryingly, the sores can trigger internal bleeding, a hole in the stomach wall, obstruction and even gastric cancer in severe cases.
According to the NHS, the key symptom of ulcers is usually a burning or gnawing pain in the centre of the tummy.
While the exact treatment will depend on what caused the ulcer, most people are given a medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to reduce the amount of acid in their stomach.
Some patients might also need antibiotics if their ulcers were spurred on by an H. pylori infection.
Sometimes, stomach ulcers can come back after treatment, but this is less likely if the underlying cause is addressed.
Springsteen promised to reschedule the cancelled performances, beginning with a show that had been set for Thursday at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York.
“Thank you for your understanding and support.”