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Having sharp pain in stomach below rib cage. How to get relief?

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Dr. Charles S Narasi

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Posted on Sat, 5 Jan 2013 in Abdominal Pain
Question: I have a sharp stabbing pain in my stomach right below the lower left side of my rib cage. It feels like its on fire. I've been having bad stomach pain and not been able to eat for the last few days. What could it be?
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Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 29 minutes later
Hello, XXXXXXX,
Your symptoms are suggestive of inflammation of the
lining of your lower esophagus or stomach. If you have
used any medication like aspirin or other NSAIDs like
ibuprofen or naproxen etc, this can cause small ulcers
in the stomach.
Other may be an acute ulcer from acid damage
Duodenal ulcer is associated with excess acid and also
presence of a bacteria, H.Pylori.
To confirm, you need an upper GI x-rays or endoscopy.
There is a breath test for H.Pylori.
You can start taking drugs available over the counter
such as Omeprazole,Lansoprazole,Rabeprazole or
Esomeprazole once or twice a day about an hour before
meals.Avoid excess caffeine,alcohol and spicy foods.
If your symptoms improve within a day or two, you can
stay on it for 4-6 weeks.
If they get worse, you should contact your physician ASAP.
I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Charles S Narasi 6 minutes later
The pain has subsided but now my whole body feels like it is on fire. Could this be related to ulcers?
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Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 20 minutes later
Hello, XXXXXXX,
I want you to check your temperature also to
make sure you don't have ferver.
Whole body burning feeling is not typical for ulcers.
Hope you feel better soon.
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Follow up: Dr. Charles S Narasi 27 minutes later
I do have a fever.
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Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 19 minutes later
Hello, XXXXXXX,
It is possible that you could be coming down with
stomach flu, which is viral.
You could take acetaminophen and see if the temp
responds.
If the fever does not come down or if you start
having vomiting or dirrhea, contact your doctor.
Wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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