Having upper abdominal or lower chest pain, or pain in the side - can be due to the following âcauses:- â
â1. Musculoskeletal painâ
â2. Acute gastritis â
â3. Splenomegaly - associated with infections like Infectious mononucleosis, Malaria, etc. â
â4. Lower lobe Pneumonia â
â5. Colitis â
â6. Pancreatitis, â
â7. Intra Abdominal abscesses. â
Musculoskeletal inflammatory pain can be diagnosed if the pain ââincreases on ââspecific movements or âon direct pressure on the affected area. Such pain can respond to ââmedications ââlike Ibuprofen 400 mg âtaken three times a day. This generally resolves within a week.
Pneumonia:- Here the pain increases on deep breaths and is associated with symptoms âââââlike cough, expectoration of mucus or purulent sputum, etc. This can be diagnosed with physical âexamination, Differential Leucocyte count, sputum testing as well as Chest X ray. âTreatment with a âcourse of antibiotics might help to clear the infection. â
Pain that originates due to renal issues (Stones, infection) is usually episodic , spasmodic or colicky in ânature, âââââoriginating âin the flank and radiating to the lower belly, inner thigh. It is âassociated with other ââââsymptoms like ânausea, vomiting âand systemic features due to any infection. â
For the time being, you can take OTC medications like Advil, to control the pain. Antacids (Tums, âmylanta) can help to control the acidity, associated with gastritis. Bismuth tablets can help to reduce âthe spasmodic pain. â
But for a proper diagnosis of your condition, a physical examination by your doctor and a few tests âincluding X ray , ultrasound or CT might be needed. â
Hence you may consult with your doctor for the same. â
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