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my friend wakes up everytime with a stomach pain. she wakes up mostly in the evening and has irregular meals. she smokes and drinks mildly. the condition exist for a year or more. please advice. is it stomach flu or could it be something more serious?

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replied January 24th, 2012
Abdominal Pain Answer A30743
Hello and welcome to e health forum. ‎

From the description, it appears that your friend's abdominal pain could be due to gastritis. (since the ‎symptoms increase with meals, and associated with abnormal food habits). ‎

Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen.‎ Gastritis can last for only ‎a short time (acute gastritis), or linger for months to years (chronic gastritis).‎

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. ‎

Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to travel ‎from the belly to the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, ‎Bloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly. ‎

Treatment of her symptoms can be tried with over the counter antacids like Gelusil, tums, mylanta ‎and acid reducing medications like omeprazole. ‎

If they do not help, then, stronger medications that protect the stomach's lining or lessen acid ‎production in the stomach are available by prescription. Your friend might consult her doctor for proper advice ‎and treatment.‎

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