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I feel some kind of pressure on the left side of my abdomen just under the becomes more intense after food though not painfull but it makes me uncomfortable while sitting down.and i notice that i always have alot of gas.pls advice

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replied July 26th, 2012
Abdominal Pain Answer A37428

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Pressure underneath the lower ribs can be probably due to-
1.Peptic ulcer disease: Diagnosis can be confirmed by upper GI endoscopy. Try raising the head of your bed about four inches. It also might help to avoid eating or drinking for two hours before you lie down. To help control the stomach acid, one should not drink alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them, or eat chocolate or spicy or greasy foods. Also take some antacid as Rantac in morning for five days but if the symptoms are severe, then you may need drugs like proton pump inhibitors.

2.Gall bladder disease- can be stones or cholecystitis. An examination by ultrasound scan will help in diagnosis.

3. Hepatitis- liver problems may manifest this way. A simple blood test - liver function tests will help in diagnosing the problem.

4.Bloating due to excessive gas.

The simple measures that are likely to help you are-
1.Certain foods, such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and legumes (beans) may worsen bloating and gassiness.

2.Dietary fiber may lessen symptoms.You should drink plenty of water, and avoid soda, which may cause gas and abdominal discomfort.

3.You can use some over the counter drugs like pepto bismol.

4.Restrict alcohol intake and drink lots of water.

If the symptoms persist consider visiting a Physician for evaluation.

Take care!

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