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What causes dull pain below rib cage towards left side? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Jan-2015
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor:Hi,
Please proceed with your query
User:Good Morning Doctor
Doctor:Good morning
User:Have dull pain below my rib cage from past couple of days towards the left side
Doctor:Ok
User:I had gone through the Master Health checkup 5 months back and everything came as Normal
Doctor:Ok
User:Just wanted to understand what may be the root cause here ?
Doctor:Ok
Doctor:I would like to know few more things before advising you.
Doctor:How did the pain started?
User:I had quite an oily food on sunday and from then on it actually started
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:OK
Doctor:Does the pain increase on movement or touch?
User:No
Doctor:OK
Doctor:Did you take any treatment for this?
User:No, thought it may go but it still persists
Doctor:OK
Doctor:Thanks for the details.
Doctor:From the description provided by you, I feel that the pain could be due to acidity.
Doctor:As you have a history of initiation of pain after having oily food.
Doctor:Following these measures will help in relieving pain:
Doctor:1. Consume plenty of water.
Doctor:You can have a glass of water an hour before and after every meal.
Doctor:2. Tab Pan 40mg half an hour before breakfast for a week.
Doctor:3. Avoid spicy and oily food.
Doctor:4. Avoid excess consumption of tea and coffee.
Doctor:5. Gelusil syp 2 tsp with a half glass of water when required.
Doctor:Observe for 7 days with the following measures.
Doctor:It should improve by then.
User:Thanks for the valuable suggestion, but sometimes the pain extends to beneath the breast bone
User:I hope its nothing to do with the heart ?
Doctor:Usually the acidity pain does radiate to the breast bone.
User:oh ok
User:Thanks once again, I will try the measures suggested by you
Doctor:But you can get a ECG to rule out any cardiac issues. Just to be on safer side.
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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