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Question: Sharp Stomach Pain


 h0wl0canug0 - Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:09 am

I have been having sharp pains on the left side of my stomach right under my ribs. The only way do get rid of it is to be very still and wait it out. It only lasts for a minute each time but it happens frequently. It has been coming and going for the last couple of months. I don't know what to do.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:16 pm

User avatar Hello,

- If this pain felt as sharp pain in upper abdomen (mainly left side) or lower chest (behind the breast bone) that worsen when the stomach is empty , or by spicy foods or carbonated beverages is more likely to be of one of the following conditions:
- GERD
- Gastritis due to H pylori or Drug induced (NSAID)
or gastric ulcer.
The pain is temporary relieved by simple foods and antacids.
- IBS may also give similar clinical picture, like
Abdominal pain or colic
A bloated abdomen
Gaseous distension

Certain types of foods contain, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea
Stress increases the frequency and the severity of symptoms in almost all cases.

Super added infectious GI attack will worsen also the symptoms.
Diagnosis of IBS is done by exclusion of other causes. Investigations include upper endoscopy and some specific tests for H. pylori.

- Muscle pain should be considered too,

Muscle spasm alone can cause the pain which can be an unidentified cause. This usually results from wrong or heavy lifting, or following a sudden improper movement or maintained wrong posture and viral infections.

The condition is usually associated with tenderness and relieved by simple rest.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:19 pm

User avatar Hello,

- If this pain felt as sharp pain in upper abdomen (mainly left side) or lower chest (behind the breast bone) that worsen when the stomach is empty , or by spicy foods or carbonated beverages is more likely to be of one of the following conditions:
- GERD
- Gastritis due to H pylori or Drug induced (NSAID)
or gastric ulcer.
The pain is temporary relieved by simple foods and antacids.
- IBS may also give similar clinical picture, like
Abdominal pain or colic
A bloated abdomen
Gaseous distension

Certain types of foods contain, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea
Stress increases the frequency and the severity of symptoms in almost all cases.

Super added infectious GI attack will worsen also the symptoms.
Diagnosis of IBS is done by exclusion of other causes. Investigations include upper endoscopy and some specific tests for H. pylori.

- Muscle pain should be considered too,

Muscle spasm alone can cause the pain which can be an unidentified cause. This usually results from wrong or heavy lifting, or following a sudden improper movement or maintained wrong posture and viral infections.

The condition is usually associated with tenderness and relieved by simple rest.

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