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Nausea, stomach pain, constipation, gas formation. Ultrasound, blood tests done. Treatment?

I am an early teen and i have been experiencing nausea for about 5 months now, with frequent gassy stomachaches and pain right below my rib cage on the right side. No vomiting , i have had some constipation though. It happens frequently and I am getting fed up with it. I have had an ultrasound and blood tests, and I am pretty sure i m not depressed. Help?
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
hi there, teens can be a pretty stressful time and with untimely food habits with junk food making the bulk of ones diet you are likely to be suffering from gastric ulcer which may present with nausea, gass and stomach ache. I would suggest you to start eating wholesome food rich in fibers, less of refined and packaged stuff or out of the box, at regular intervals preferabley low in fat and starch, and to take an antacid like Pantop or Nexpro to get over this problem. The high fiber diet will help you get over the problem of constipation as well. Take care.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome.

Thanks for your query.

It seems you have done your homework on unexplained pains being suspected to be depression. It is good to be informed.

Well, if you feel you are a happy person, then there should be something causing the pain.

How are your eating habits and do you diet regularly?

A more elaborate explanation of your diet would certainly help us.

Try to eat small healthy meals, more number of times a day instead of eating 1-2 large meals. This way you do not have long periods of starvation and you don't end up over eating. In fact this will also increase your metabolism and help you lose a little extra fat (if you have any).

But the main advantage of this is, to avoid leaving the stomach empty for long. Once you change your diet and are sure you are eating well enough, and this particular problem still persist you could think of alternatives.

Have you tested you eyes lately? If not, a check-up would help.

Also, do you have a family history of diabetes, hypertension, migraines, or even gastrointestinal problems? If yes, it would help the doctor to narrow the search down by a bit.

If you really want to rule out the worst, and endoscopy would greatly help. This procedure helps in visualizing the inside of your gastrointestinal tract.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to us anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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