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What causes occasional pain in the epigastric region?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: 12 year old healthy granddaughter has occasional pain which causes her to lie down for at least 24 hours and then she is fine.

Pain appears to be high stomach below diaphragm but no problem breathing.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It seem to be due to gastritis or gastro-oesophageal reflux

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

You have not given the details of the location and type of pain. It seems that the pain is located in the epigastric region or upper central abdomen just below the chest bone. Such a pain generally occurs due to gastritis or gastro-oesophageal reflux. The gastric acids are secreted all through the day and are meant to help in digestion. But sometimes excess acids gets collected in the stomach. This could either reflux into the lower part of the oesophagus or could damage the inner wall of the stomach. In either case, she could get a pain like this.

The solution could be:
* Taking omeprazole once daily before breakfast.
* Taking small but frequent meals and avoiding long gaps between meals.
* Avoiding spicy and oily food.

Hope that helps.

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Dr. Diptanshu Das
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What causes occasional pain in the epigastric region?

Brief Answer: It seem to be due to gastritis or gastro-oesophageal reflux Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. You have not given the details of the location and type of pain. It seems that the pain is located in the epigastric region or upper central abdomen just below the chest bone. Such a pain generally occurs due to gastritis or gastro-oesophageal reflux. The gastric acids are secreted all through the day and are meant to help in digestion. But sometimes excess acids gets collected in the stomach. This could either reflux into the lower part of the oesophagus or could damage the inner wall of the stomach. In either case, she could get a pain like this. The solution could be: * Taking omeprazole once daily before breakfast. * Taking small but frequent meals and avoiding long gaps between meals. * Avoiding spicy and oily food. Hope that helps. Regards Dr. Diptanshu Das