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nausea, pain in my stomach, left side under my rib cage

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I hope I can get some help or some answers. I\\\\\\\'ve been battling my problem for 2 yrs now and I\\\\\\\'m not getting anywhere with getting answers. A couple years ago I became very ill, sever nausea, pain in my stomach, left side under my rib cage. Bouts of intense gas pains-so bad my mouth waters and I feel like I have to throw up but dont. Faint and dizzy feeling after the bouts of intense gas pains. Anything makes me nauseous, water, fruit etc. Sometime, not all the time about 5-6 hours after I eat, I wake up in the middle of night feeling like I have to get sick but can\\\\\\\'t, I hear rumbling in my stomach like I\\\\\\\'m going to get sick just never do. Its like I can\\\\\\\'t digest what I eat? This doesnt happen all the time, maybe 1x every 3 months? My bm are normal, mostly covered in mucus but only after bouts of stomach problems? I pretty much live on Zofran. I do notice when I feel the intense gas pains coming, the Zofran stops it from intensifying. Can someone

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replied July 8th, 2011
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A24848
Hello and welcome to E health Forum. ‎

Based on the history and the description of the cramps and specifically, in absence of major symptoms ‎like fever, loss of weight, appetite, bloody stools, etc, you may be having Irritable bowel syndrome ‎‎(IBS).‎

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional disorder characterized by cramping abdominal ‎pain or discomfort with alterations in bowel habits (bloating, constipation, and diarrhea). These ‎symptoms usually are present for at least 12 weeks in a patient during the previous one year, and ‎unfortunately the onset or subsidence cannot be predicted. ‎

IBS is diagnosed by its signs and symptoms and by the absence of other diseases. IBS does not cause ‎any permanent damage or any serious illness but the symptoms cause severe discomfort & distress ‎affecting an individuals work, ability to travel and attend social events. ‎

Most symptoms of IBS can be controlled with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications ‎‎(laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, or antidepressants). ‎

For symptom relief, you may consider to take antacids for acid relief, activated charcoal for bloating ‎and stomach gas issues.‎

You may consider to consult your physician or a gastroenterologist for counselling if you have any ‎additional doubts. ‎

I hope this helps

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