I have had pain down left side of ribs, under breast and to my middle stomache for quite a while. At first it was on and off but now it is there all the time. I also get a fever like sweating. I would like to know if I should see my GP. Thank you, Maggie
All your symptoms are most probably due to gastritis and / or gastric reflux. â
Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to âtravel ââââââfrom the belly to the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, âââââââBloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly. â
First and foremost, you need to avoid foods, smoking and stuff that worsen your symptoms. Foods âthat need to be avoided include â â
â1. Alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, carbonated water, and deserts high in sugar and white flour ââ
â2. Foods prepared from white flour, like puddings, breads, bagels and pretzels also should be avoided. â
â3. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, all kinds of beans and legumes, full fat milk, onions and green âââpeas should be avoided. â
â4. Nonvegetarian foods to be avoided include - cured meats and high fat meat products such as âââsausages, salami, ham, bacon, and cold cuts ;Red meats like beef, lamb, and venison - should be less âin ââyour meals â
â5. Seasonings such as onion, garlic, clove, and cinnamon may irritate your stomach lining and worsen âââthe symptoms due to gastritis â
Foods that can help to improve your symptoms include â
â1. fruits such as pears, oranges, sweet limes, watermelons, cantaloupes etcâ
â2. MILK products like - yoghurt and cottage cheese
â3. Non Vegetarian food products â include - lean cuts of meat, white meat from chicken and turkey, ââand âseafoods
Other measures that can help you in addition to the above dietary measures include -â
â1. Walking or running thirty minutes regularly and achieving significant weight reduction.â
â2. Stress reduction â
â3. Learn to relax with breathing exercises like Yoga â
In addition, you might consult with your gastroenterologist for proper treatment with anti ulcer and âacid reducing medications. In addition treatment for H pylori infection of the gastric mucosa can also âbe initiated after due testing. â
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