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The top part of my stomach keeps aching for awhile now also with numbness in my arms why is this happening?should I see another doctor?
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replied March 28th, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

Your symptoms are probably due to indigestion, acute gastritis, irregular dietary habits, or due to presence of ulcers in the stomach.

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.

First and foremost, you need to avoid foods that make your symptoms increase. Adopting a healthy dietary practices and a good exercise regimen will also help.

Some tips to help your symptoms include:-
1. Reducing intake of hot spicy and Fat rich foods, fried foods, is very important.
2. Try eating a little more slowly. When you eat fast, you swallow extra air with your food. Try to not talk while eating. Extra air while eating can lead to belching and gas production.
3. Eating at the same time each day and eating smaller meals more frequently may be beneficial as well.
4. Try to eat a balanced diet. Foods with high fiber may initially increase gas production. However, the this will decrease over time.
5. It is better not to drink fluids with your food. Drinking fluids with meals can increase your air intake and increase gas.
6. Avoid major gas and acid producing foods like -
- Vegetables: Onions, Celery, Carrots, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Cabbage,Cauliflower, Radishes , potatoes and eggplant.
- Beans, peas, Green salads, brown rice and leeks
- Fruits like - Raisins, Bananas, Apricots, Prunes, dried fruit
- Carbohydrates rich foods like - Bagels, Wheat Germ, Pretzels,puddings, breads.
- Cured meats and high fat meat products such as sausages, salami, ham, bacon, and Red meats like beef and lamb should be reduced in consumption or avoided totally.

Adequate antacids (Tums, Mylanta, prevacid) and Omeprazole (Acid reducing medication) can help relieve the symptoms. In addition maintaining adequate hydration and adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will also help.

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.
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replied November 7th, 2012
I have the same thing, bloating after I eat, a discomfort in my upper abdomen and a numbness in my left arm. Even if I eat a little I get bloated, I'm gonna try the Doctors advice because I been putting up with gastritis for years, thanks Doc.
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replied November 7th, 2012
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I have the same thing, bloating after I eat, a discomfort in my upper abdomen and a numbness in my left arm. Even if I eat a little I get bloated, I'm gonna try the Doctors advice because I been putting up with gastritis for years, thanks Doc.
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