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Itching, burning, pain on rib cage, chest, gas, on diabetic medication. Cure?

I am a 52 years old male. I have in the past two weeks picked up a really bad itching / burning&pain that comes from my back up and along the left rib cage and ends just about the center of my chest. I also had a lot of gas in my tummy. I am on diabetes medication. 500mg glocopage two times a day. My sugar levels are maintaining between 5-6.
This itch problem went for a few days and I consulted a GP who treated as follows:

1)     Checked for shingles – nothing
2)     Checked for vitamin b12 deficiency – waiting on blood tests
3)     Physical check showed some tenderness on the inside of the ribs on left side
4)     Gave medication for the tummy problem. I stopped using the acid reducing medication. (Febuxostat 40m)

Two weeks later the itch still persists.
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2013
Hi, thanks for the query.
Type 2 diabetes , you are the patient of this form.
Few things are very common in diabetic patients , itching is one of them with boils and fruncles .
Similarly diabetic are more prone to pus formation if some injury is there.
So please note that keep watch over blood sugar level.
As far as concerned about itching , consult a physician and get a treatment for pruritus.
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine medicine which is very effective and safe for long term use. This drug should be taken under the guidance of a doctor.
Good luck. Dr. HET
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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