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Dull ache in left side of abdomen just below ribs

I am a male, 37... Show More
I am a male, 37 years old. I have had an on and off nuisance dull ache in my left side of my abdomen just under my rib cage for quite a while. I have noticed recently that I also have a similar ache mid way up my back on the left hand side also. Apart from being anxious about this odd ache I am in good health. Don't know if its relavent but some 20 years ago I got jaundice (HepA) while in India. Recently I went to the doctor and asked him to feel my spleen area in case there was a problem. He said there was nothing abnormal he could feel. The is no blood in my stools or urine. What might it be and how should I proceed. Someone suggested it may be an ulcer as I sometimes get a bit of a acidy stomach.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
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replied 9 years ago.

Hello,

A peptic ulcer is probably the cause of your dull ache.

A peptic ulcer can mean either an ulcer inside the stomach or in the duodenum - the upper part of the small intestine. It can be result of a diet rich in fatty, spicy food, stress, ciggarette smoking or alcohol. To know more about peptic ulcer, please see:

- http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/pepticulcers_ez/index.htm

 

Another cause for a dull ache in the left side could be a stone in the kidney. A stone can be the focus of a mild infection that comes and goes, causing the ache.

You need to consult your doctor and ask for tests like gastroesophagoscopy, gastroscopy, Ba-swallow xray (an Xray taken after you drink a substance called barium), and a special Xray called Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) to check if you have any stone in your kidneys or anywhere in the urinary tract.


I hope this helps.

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD's Post: Thankyou Doctor. What other symptoms would go along with peptic ulcers or Kidney stones?
Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD, Doctor (MD) replied 9 years ago.

Hello,

The other symptoms of peptic ulcer could be indigestion, acid regurgitation, abdominal bloating, pain that increases on an empty stomach or just after eating, nausea, pain that can radiate to the back or anywhere in the abdomen etc. You can read more about this here:

- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/DS00242/DSECTION=1

- http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/pepticulcers_ez/index.htm

Kidney stones can cause a crampy pain or a dull ache on either side of the abdomen, depending on whether the right or the left kidney is affected, the pain may be present at the back, just below the ribs. You may have burning or frequency of urine (f you have an infection), and the pain may increase while passing urine if the stone gets dislodged. You can read more about this here:

- http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/stonesadults/#whata

 

I hope this helps.

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