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First my abdominal pain started out as a bloated feeling right below my rib cage in the center and a burning sensation in my chest. Now the pain has worsened and is moving to different places like a little to the right of my belly button, the lower left side, and my lower left back is sore and feels a little swollen. My friend was just diagnosed with stomach cancer and I'm afraid that I will be too.. Any suggestions of what this might be? So far, no one has been any help. The pain isn't constant. It comes and it goes, and its always in one of the places listed above, never in two of them at the same time. Also, I had a negative test for H. pylori infection so it probably isn't an ulcer.


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replied March 12th, 2010
Stomach, Ulcers, Gastric Bypass Answer A10630
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Having a negative test for H pylori does not mean that there is no ulcer. Ulcer can exist without a H pylori infection. The symptoms (bloated feeling right below my rib cage in the center and a burning sensation in my chest) could be due to inflammatory bowel disease such as Celiac Disease/Ulcerative Colitis/Irritable Bowel Syndrome/ Crohn’s disease. Parasites in the gut like threadworm, tape worm, giardiasis etc can behave this way. Hence a stool test is a must. Problems of gall bladder and liver or that of pancreas too cannot be ignored.

It could also be just severe acidity with gastric reflux or hiatal hernia or duodenal ulcer. The treatment involves taking a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning. Along with it you can try over the counter antacids. However I would recommend you see a doctor and take medication under a doctor’s supervision.

Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Take a late night snack and eat supper early. Go to bed at least 2 hours after food main food, dinner or supper. Maybe these tips will help you.

Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please consult your treating physician. Hope this helps. Take care!



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