Medical Specialty >> Gastroenterology

Doctors Lounge - Gastroenterology Answers

Back to Gastroenterology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/15/2017.

Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: could it be gallstones

 contritebear - Mon Jan 17, 2005 12:31 am

My name is contritebear. I have a burning feeling near breastbone in middle of stomach, i also have heartburn and pain like cramp in upper right and left rib could this be gallstones. the pain is there mainly all the time. i hope someone can help. 8)
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:15 am

User avatar Dear Contritebear,

The pain of gall stones is usually located on the right side of the lower chest (junction of chest and belly) usually 2 hours or so after meals (especially the ones rich in fat).

What you have is most probably acid reflux disease.

Please, try an over the counter anti-acid to see if it helps. If you are taking any pain relievers like ibuprofen, they can cause similar symptoms especially if taken on an empty stomach.

i don't think you need to see your doctor on an emergent basis for this but make sure to mention it during your next appointment.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.
 contritebear - Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:01 pm

thank you for your answer. i have taken mylanta and it helps the heartburn. once again thanx.

contritebear 8)

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us