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sharp pain on my left side every time i eat or drink

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For the past 5 days I've been getting a sharp pain on my left side under my ribs every time i eat or drink anything.

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replied December 28th, 2011
Abdominal Pain Answer A29750
Hello and welcome to e health forum. ‎

With the description provided the only issue which you seem to have is gastric reflux or GERD. ‎

The common causes of gastritis could be diet habits, physiological increase in gastric acid secretion, ‎stress, alcohol intake, stomach infection with H pylori, infections due to herpes, etc. ‎

Treatments for gastritis include antacids ( Mylanta, tums, etc) which will help to relieve the acidity and ‎reduce the pain. Medications like Prilosec, help to reduce the acid secretion. You may need to take it ‎for a longer time to help the symptoms subside. ‎
Change of diet, to a low fat, fibre rich diet, regular exercises, and a healthy lifestyle will also help to a ‎larger extent. ‎

You might consider consulting your general physician or a gastroenterologist who after a physical ‎‎examination may determine to get additional tests including : ‎

‎1. tests to detect H-Pylori infection in the stomach.

‎2. a Upper GI endoscopy - For diagnosis of peptic ulcer disease. ‎

I Hope this helps.‎

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