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What causes pain below the left ribcage when I eat?

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I have a burning pain when I eat sometimes right below my left ribcage. What could cause this.
Posted Mon, 24 Mar 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 54 minutes later
Brief Answer: Could be gastritis or pancreatitis Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this pain that you feel after eating. The onset of the pain and its location raises the suspicion of a possible stomach(gastric) or pancreas problem. This is often caused by inflammation of the stomach lining(gastritis) of the pancreas(pancreatitis). You would need to be consulted and examined to pinpoint the exact cause. Initially, this would be managed with drugs and see what comes out of it. Investigations would only follow if this initial treatment trial fails to have so more information to further investigate and pinpoint the problem for a more targeted treatment plan. A primary care doctor would be a good person to start with. If this is taking long, I will advise that you try OTC omeprazole 20mg twice daily while you set up an appointment to meet with your doctor. I have reviewed your medications and none of these is likely to have provoked or aggravated this problem. I wish you well and hope this helps. Feel free to ask for more questions and clarifications if need be.Thanks for using our services. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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Follow-up: What causes pain below the left ribcage when I eat? 28 minutes later
Thank you doctor. When I was just 3 years old, I had an ulcer. I don't know the exact location. I also had a hernia due to pregnancy years ago. I broke my pelvis in a car accident years ago also. I have a lot of stress to this day and am very depressed. I have had pancreatitis and that is the ultimate pain. This isn't so strong. But my back in that area of my kidney is sore right now. Guess I am a mess, but I wonder if any of the things I mentioned above would be relevant.?
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 19 hours later
Brief Answer: Thanks for your follow up question Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for following up with me. I am sorry for this tardy response. The ulcer in childhood is probably of no implication in this current pain. However, the stress you have declared could be a possible contributing factor to a gastric ulcer. Pain in the belly that moves to the back is typical of gastritis. If the above omeprazole shouldn't help you that much, I will suggest that you go in for a more thorough review. Would you mind sharing some of your worries/stress with me? I understand just how difficult is these days but looking for means to cope is essential. Let's take a look at this and see whether we would be able to device a means to stay positive even in the middle of all this mess.. Hope to hear more from you and I wish you good health. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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