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I'm a 28 year old female. For the last 6 weeks I have been experiencing pain/discomfort in my left abdomen right below the rib cage about on the same latitude as my belly button. It comes and goes, but most of the time I feel it. Sometimes when it's present I can feel the discomfort connect up my left side into my throat (again only the left side). With this discomfort often comes mild nausea. The pain can be more acute at times, this weekend the spot in my abdome was throbbing and I threw up b/c I was so nauseous, but mostly it is dull and nagging.

I have been to an internist and a GI specialist - both of which keep telling me to take prevacid and miralax - i haven't done the miralax yet, but the prevacid hasn't helped. I have been making pretty regular bowel movement for me though - all of which seem fine.
I have done blood work, a stool test to test for giardia, an ultrasound and X-ray - all negative.

Please help. It's starting to drive me nuts.

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replied March 16th, 2012
Abdominal Pain Answer A32858
Hello and welcome to e health forum. ‎

Your symptoms and history appear to be due to Gastric reflux or gastritis. ‎

Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen.‎

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 your symptoms due to acid reflux or gastritis can be tried with over the counter antacids ‎‎like Gelusil, tums, mylanta, etc. ‎

If Prevacid is not helping, then, stronger medications that protect the stomach's lining or lessen acid ‎‎‎‎‎production in the stomach are available by prescription. ‎(Eg Pantoprazole, Rabeprazole, Esomeprazole, etc.

You should consult with your gastroenterologist, who if needed can order ‎endoscopies to diagnose conditions like peptic ulcer disease or gastric reflux. ‎

I hope this helps.

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