Two days ago I woke up out of a dead sleep around 4am and don't know why, so I had rolled over and as I did so, I felt a pain under my left breast area. This morning I woke up and now have that pain, not as intense, had moved above my left breast area and I taste ashes or cigarette smell in my mouth. I don't smoke and I am not around any smokers. I can't get rid of this taste in my mouth. In December I was at the clinic for severe headaches that would last for days with kneck pain and vomiting. They did an MRI but did not find anything. Any help you could give me would be great.
Your symptoms and history appear to be due to Gastric reflux, gastritis or due to musculoskeletal causes.
Musculoskeletal inflammatory pain can be diagnosed if the pain increases on specific movements or on direct pressure on the affected area. Such cases of mild pain, subside on its own with rest. If needed anti inflammatory medications like aspirin or Ibuprofen 400 mg can be taken upto three times a day, to relieve the pain.
Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen.
Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to travel from the belly to the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, Bloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly.
Treatment of your symptoms due to acid reflux or gastritis can be tried with over the counter antacids like Gelusil, tums, mylanta and acid reducing medications like omeprazole.
If they do not help, then, stronger medications that protect the stomach's lining or lessen acid production in the stomach are available by prescription.
You should consult with a gastroenterologist, who if needed can order gastric emptying tests, or endoscopies to diagnose conditions like peptic ulcer disease or gastric reflux.
You may consult your doctor for proper advice and appropriate treatment.
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