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Suggest treatment for occasional gas pressure on the left side - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:Let me preface this by saying im not a big doctor person but I am also a bit of a hypochondriac :)

I am going to go thru the chain of events...

Last Tuesday night i had some gas like pains in my left side that eventually went away and I went to sleep, Woke up Wednesday and was fine. I had a work dinner wednesday night which consisted of some not so great food choices (meat/seafood/fried food) and alcohol (3 or 4 fresh grapefruit juice with vodka and a few glasses of red wine. Later that night when i was in bed, the uncomfortable gas returned as I lay in bed and continued off and on throught the next day. Thursday night, i thought that a hot bath would help, so as i was laying in the tub....

We are going to take a quick side story here.... While I was in tub...i kinda of used my muscles to suck in my gut and felt this poking tender feeling as I did that, thinking that the feeling i was having was gas being released so I kept doing that a few times thruout the night and into friday morning... but I think all I really did was pull some sort of an internal muscle, because since then til now when i move in bed or reach a certain way, i feel this tender feeling pokeing/squishing feeling in my left side or back...This has slowly started to go away and I dont feel this much anymore which why I assume that was muscle related, but felt it was nesc. to add to the story...

So lets rewind back to original problem...Thursday off and on I had the gas pains in left side...this went into the weekend...and I really did not eat much at all thursday, I had a chicken/lettuce ceasar wrap on friday but no dinner. Saturday was same off and on gas but did not eat anything. Sunday when I woke up, the gas was not as bad. Ran some errands out of the house. Ate some dinner. Woke up monday and the it was just off and on gas pressure thru the day, when i got home I laid down on my side and
User:after passing some gas felt ok, went out to dinner and drinks, ate a full meal, actually had some wine, and then a coca cola which made my stomach feel better. Yesterday, i came to work, felt fine with the occasional gas pressure on the left side. My stomach gargles a bit etc....Had lunch yesterday (Rissoto at a restuarant) came back to work, went home and wasnt hungry, had some toast with peanut butter just to eat something / off and on gas...which brings us to today I havent ate yet today - All i really feel now is occasional sporadic gas pressure that moves thru my left side down thru the lower abdomen where it disapears. My stomach is a bit gargly.

My bowel movements have been fine i think. Normal color. comes out easy. Not as frequent prolly from lack of food. My urination has been normal. I have poked and prodded my stomach and lower abdomen only to really feel the normal feeling when you get poked there. Nothing sharp or pain or anything abnormal that I can feel. Ive drank a few glasses of metamucil the last few days as well as used gas XX tablets... I also forgot to mention that for almost everyday two weeks leading up to this, I was eating a breakfast wrap that consisted of Fried Egg, XXXXXXX Avocado, sun dried tomato paste...i forgot to mention that, so the XXXXXXX could be the culprit, I have not had one of these since last tuesday or wednesday i think....and i think that same Tuesday i had a XXXXXXX salad...

let me end this with, i know i gave alot of detail. I know part of this is my mind running away with me cuz I get anxious about health things... This gas pain is also not debilitating, just uncomfortable and makes me nervous cuz its not normal I guess... I came to you cuz I really dont feel like going to my doctor to just get referred to a GI doctor, just so they can stick a camera in me etc etc...

any suggestions or help is appreciated....
Doctor:Hi
User:hello
Doctor:Please give me a moment to read your query
User:sorry for my long winded start to our convo
Doctor:ok
Doctor:I have read your query
User:am i crazy? lol
User::)
Doctor:I will summarize what I have understood from it
Doctor:You have been taking normal food but you have stomach pain on left side
Doctor:along with bloating
Doctor:you also have normal bowel movements
Doctor:In the initial reading it seemed like a strain of the abdominal muscle
Doctor:that runs down from ribs downward and forward
Doctor:Since it is on the left side it may be related to the splenic flexure of the colon
Doctor:May be some mild twisting etc
User:is that bad?
Doctor:It does not seem to be bad
Doctor:But we need to rule out the bad disgnosis
Doctor:The best next step would be an abdominal ultrasound
User:the abdoinal muscle thing
User:has seem to have gone away
Doctor:That is totally non-invasive
Doctor:ok
User:slowly
User:i think i may of oirritate something
User:when i was sucking in my gut and moving around
User:thinking i was helping
Doctor:It is possible
User:but putting strain
User:lets go back to the gas though
Doctor:That is why I am suspecting a mild twisting of colon
Doctor:ok
User:it is not as bad as it was last week
User:but still here
Doctor:The gas is usually a result of constipation
Doctor:But your bowel movement are normal
User:yes
Doctor:Second reason can be gastritis
User:which is?
Doctor:gastritis can result from alcohol use or medicines etc
Doctor:gastritis is inflammation of stomach
User:i take proprananol
User:10mg
User:3 times a day
Doctor:It can also be due to some infection of stomach
Doctor:ok
User:but i have been on that for a while
Doctor:It does not cause gastritis
Doctor:Mostly pain-killers and alcohol can cause it
Doctor:Third reason can be an infection of stomach
User:wouldnt i be sick?
Doctor:and liver function deranging
Doctor:Infection may not always be viral
Doctor:A bacterial infection like H pylori may cause non-sickening type of stomach acidity
Doctor:Candida can also be a reason
User:does that go away on its on?
User:own
User:i dont know what any of that is?
User:can you explain
Doctor:H pylori is a bacteria that inhabits in stomach
Doctor:It can be treated with antibiotics
User:how would you get it? what are symptoms?
Doctor:candida is a type of yeast that may also inhabit gastrointestinal tract in some cases
User:do you think the large amounts of XXXXXXX had anything to do with it?
Doctor:H pylori causes hyperacidity and gastric ulcer
Doctor:That is just a possibility
Doctor:We need to take it one step a time
User:does anything i describe to you worry you like something really bad is wrong?
Doctor:First an ultrasound is needed to rule out anatomical obstruction
User:like i said, i am a bit of a worrier
Doctor:If negative then further tests can bve taken to rule H pylori
Doctor:Bloating will not worry me
Doctor:Pain in abdomen will make me send you for tests
User:its not pain per say though
User:its the occasional gas pressure feeling
Doctor:ok
Doctor:In that case I advise you to take lifestyle precautions
User:none of this is pain like oh my god it really hurts
Doctor:One precaution is to drink cleanest water
Doctor:To avoid any water induced infection
Doctor:This will definitely help with bloating
Doctor:Let us first start you on this precaution
Doctor:also you need to avoid alcohol or spicy food
Doctor:k
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