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Had stitch like pain in abdomen. Feeling of bruises. On voltaren gel. Am I okay?

Over the past few weeks I have had some minor stomach discomfort. I always felt hungry and would often feel that way after eating, often for hours at a time. I started to take probiotics and the discomfort has gone - as too the hunger pains. However, as part of that time I felt I often had a stitch like pain just directly below my left bottom rib, about a finger s width under the rib. That too went after I had the probiotics. I ve been feeling ok for the last week or two, however in the last day in the same place where I felt the stitch, I now have the feeling of a bruise - especially when the area is pressed. The area of soreness is only the size of a small coin, however there is no markings of a bruise or a lump. This has gradually become more sore over the last couple of days. Thinking it may be a muscular issue I have used a Voltaren Gel on the area. I am 32, male, non-smoker, non-drinker.
Asked On : Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello itech4ed,
I am glad to hear that you don't smoke or drink alcohol. If you have had
minor stomach issues before, it may be related to acid problems , may be
aggravated by ingestion of certain foods like spicy foods, citrous or excess
dairy products. Taking probiotics is O.K. That might keep your intestinal
bacteria healthy.
As for the pain , it is possible to have a pinched nerve in that area of the rib
or even as you suspect a muscle sprain that could have happened
during some physical activity.
Topical pain relieving creams or gels are O.K. I would also suggest some
warm water compresses using a wash cloth or a towel few times a day.
Wish you well,
Answered: Sat, 4 Aug 2012
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