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What causes nausea, chills and hardness near the stomach?

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About 2 am my husband got up with heartburn, took an anitacid, went back to bed. Woke up this morning, left side of stomach feels hard, feels nauseated. Hasnt thrown up, doesn't have diarriah or fever. Does have chills.
Mon, 4 Jun 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
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Hello and welcome,

There is "stomach flu" (viral gastroenteritis) going around in the US right now, and that can cause low grade fever (which might be the cause of the chills, even if when he took his temp. it didn't show a fever) and stomach pain.

It can also be gastritis (irritation of the stomach lining) for which an acid reducer such as Zantac 150 mg might be the cause.

It wouldn't hurt him to take Zantac (over the counter) but if it is viral, it won't help much.

Pepto Bismol can help if there is an infection or for indigestion.

If he is having a lot of pain, he should go in to an urgent care clinic where they can examine him as even an appendicitis can cause some of these symptoms. The hardness of the abdomen concerns me if it is truly hard to touch - then he must go in.

It will likely show what the cause is in the next few hours, but again, if his stomach is hard, he needs to be examined in person by a physician.
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