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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).

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replied March 21st, 2012
Abdominal Pain Answer A33010
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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 ‎relieve the symptoms provided the required dosage is taken properly. In addition maintaining adequate hydration ‎and adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will help in relieving the symptoms. ‎

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 ‎
‎1. fruits such as pears, oranges, sweet limes, watermelons, cantaloupes etc
‎2. MILK products like - yoghurt and cottage cheese
‎3. Non Vegetarian food products – include - lean cuts of meat, white meat from chicken and turkey, and ‎seafoods

Foods that need to be avoided include – ‎
‎1. Alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, carbonated water, and deserts high in sugar and white flour
‎2. Foods prepared from white flour, like puddings, breads, bagels and pretzels also should be avoided. ‎
‎3. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, all kinds of beans and legumes, full fat milk, onions and green ‎peas should be avoided. ‎
‎4. Nonvegetarian foods to be avoided include - cured meats and high fat meat products such as ‎sausages, salami, ham, bacon, and cold cuts ;Red meats like beef, lamb, and venison - should be less ‎in your meals ‎
‎5. Seasonings such as onion, garlic, clove, and cinnamon may irritate your stomach lining and worsen ‎the symptoms due to gastritis ‎

Other measures that can help you in addition to the above dietary measures include ..
‎1. Walking or running thirty minutes regularly
‎2. Stress reduction
‎3. Learn to relax with breathing exercises like Yoga

I hope this helps.

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