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What causes sharp pain in the abdomen with sinus headache while on Zantac?

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: I have had stomach problems my entire life . I have taken Zantac for ten plus years . the past 4 weeks or so , I have had several instances of upset stomach . which I don't normally get . I've always dealt pretty much with heartburn and different bowel issues. I quit taking the Zantac two days ago , and switched to Nexium thinking this might help . I haven't been eating much the last few weeks or so , being concerned I may get . stomach upset . earlier today when I bent down , I got a sharp pain in my upper left abdomen . ass soon as I stood back up , it went way . I have not eaten since lunchtime . I do not feel sick . I sorta thought it may trapped gas since I've been laying down for a few hours with a sinus headache . I guess the recurring stomach upset is what concerns me the most . since I don't normally have a lot of that . I have never had any pain until today . but , I can't stress enough that gastrointestinal issues have plagued me my whole life .which is why I don't get too excited when I have issues , because I'm so used to it . I had several diagnostic tests done , admittedly 30 years ago . but nothing was found then . and to be honest .my physician retired many years ago . and I have never sought another one .
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Answered by Dr. Ashwini Kolur (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
dyspepsia, follow the advice, if persist may require endoscopy

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome
I have gone through your query.
Based on the information I feel you are having dyspepsia.
I would suggest few measures that will be beneficial.
You need to follow both pharmacological and non pharmacological measures. Avoid excess consumption of tea/ coffee/ hydrogenated drinks. Avoid smoking and alcohol, if any.
Antacids like Digene or Gelusil syp, 2tsp in 50ml of water three to four times a day half an hour before food.You can also take capsule omeprazole 20 mg twice daily empty stomach, before breakfast and half an before dinner for a week. ( Omeprazole is more effective than zantac, I would have prescribed you this)
You can take probiotics like Sporolac or Ecobion which will be beneficial and you can take curd as well.

Maintain a gap of atleast 2 hrs in between dinner and going to bed. Eat frequent small meals instead of heavy ones and do not starve. Do not lie down immediately after food, walk for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Keep your head end slightly raised when sleeping. Avoid spicy and oily food for few days till the symptoms are resolved. Avoid or reduce the intake of meat, dairy products, and add more fiber to your diet. Eat lots of salads, vegetables, fresh fruits. Avoid gas producing foods like peas, cabbage, legumes, etc. Eat light meals prepared under hygienic conditions. Avoid eating fast and talking while eating.

Follow this measures your symptoms should reduce. If the symptoms persist, I would have asked for upper GI endoscopy to check your stomach, and also would have tested for H pylori infection.

Hope this helps.
Take care

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What causes sharp pain in the abdomen with sinus headache while on Zantac?

Brief Answer: dyspepsia, follow the advice, if persist may require endoscopy Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome I have gone through your query. Based on the information I feel you are having dyspepsia. I would suggest few measures that will be beneficial. You need to follow both pharmacological and non pharmacological measures. Avoid excess consumption of tea/ coffee/ hydrogenated drinks. Avoid smoking and alcohol, if any. Antacids like Digene or Gelusil syp, 2tsp in 50ml of water three to four times a day half an hour before food.You can also take capsule omeprazole 20 mg twice daily empty stomach, before breakfast and half an before dinner for a week. ( Omeprazole is more effective than zantac, I would have prescribed you this) You can take probiotics like Sporolac or Ecobion which will be beneficial and you can take curd as well. Maintain a gap of atleast 2 hrs in between dinner and going to bed. Eat frequent small meals instead of heavy ones and do not starve. Do not lie down immediately after food, walk for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Keep your head end slightly raised when sleeping. Avoid spicy and oily food for few days till the symptoms are resolved. Avoid or reduce the intake of meat, dairy products, and add more fiber to your diet. Eat lots of salads, vegetables, fresh fruits. Avoid gas producing foods like peas, cabbage, legumes, etc. Eat light meals prepared under hygienic conditions. Avoid eating fast and talking while eating. Follow this measures your symptoms should reduce. If the symptoms persist, I would have asked for upper GI endoscopy to check your stomach, and also would have tested for H pylori infection. Hope this helps. Take care In future you can directly ask me questions at http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=62737