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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: Stomach pain after every meal

 Nicole717 - Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:47 pm

Every time i eat and when i get up in the mornings i have stomach pains. Sometimes its really painfull and sometimes its not that bad. Its right where my naval is maybe alittle above. And sometimes i get this awful sour taste in my mouth kinda like old milk. What could this be. Thanks.
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Fri Mar 18, 2005 7:26 pm

If your upper abdominal pains are exacerbated by meals, bending or recumbency, and are associated with heartburn, you should be investigated for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The sour taste you experience is due to reflux of gastric contents into the mouth, and is a common complaint in GERD. Upper endoscopy is the usual procedure for investigating this condition.

You should also have a test for Helicobacter pylori, which is a common cause of dyspepsia, hyperacidity, gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. I am assuming that you are not on long term medications for pain which could cause erosive gastritis.

It is advisable to consult a gastroenterologist for further management. I hope this information is helpful.

Dr Anthony Solomon
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine


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