Hi, I have had abdominal pain for at least 5 years, The pain is only when I am laying down, it is a sore/burning feeling, when I breathe it makes the pain in my stomach worse. When im standing up i dont have any pain. I fixed the problem by sleeping on my side, that would solve my problems. This last year sleeping on my side does not work anymore. I took 5 tums a night it does not work, if I go to bed hungry it usually fixes my problems, if i go to bed 2 hours after dinner the pain is there. I went to the doctor and they had me get a CT scan, the results showed an enlarged lymph node in my abdomen. Could it be H.pylori, or Gastritis, Im fearing the worse (Cancer).
The description of your pain appears to be a acute gastritis or due to peptic ulcer disease.
Adequate antacids (Tums, Mylanta, prevacid) and Omeprazole (Acid reducing medication) can help ârelieve the symptoms provided the required dosage is taken properly. In addition maintaining adequate hydration âand adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will help in relieving the symptoms. â
You may consult with your doctor and undergo a upper GI endoscopy which can provide conclusive diagnosis based on the findings. It can also help to rule out H pylori infection via testing of biopsied tissue.
Treatment of the underlying condition can help in relieving your symptoms.
In addition, you might follow proper dietary measures as follows:
Foods that can help to improve your symptoms include â
â1. fruits such as pears, oranges, sweet limes, watermelons, cantaloupes etc
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, and âseafoods
Foods that need to be avoided include â â
â1. Alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, carbonated water, and deserts high in sugar and white flour
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 âpeas should be avoided. â
â4. Nonvegetarian foods to be avoided include - cured meats and high fat meat products such as âsausages, salami, ham, bacon, and cold cuts ;Red meats like beef, lamb, and venison - should be less âin your meals â
â5. Seasonings such as onion, garlic, clove, and cinnamon may irritate your stomach lining and worsen âthe symptoms due to gastritis â
Other measures that can help you in addition to the above dietary measures include ..
â1. Walking or running thirty minutes regularly
â2. Stress reduction
â3. Learn to relax with breathing exercises like Yoga
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