Thank you for writing in today. I want to provide you with the best possible information, so I do have a few questions. I hope you understand. Can you tell me more about the pain? Where is the pain worst (location)? Is it burning, pressure, etc? What makes it worse and better? Any correlation with food intake? Please let me know. Lisa
Thanks for responding. The pain is worst under the breast, top of stomach area. Any sudden movement, seems to make it worst. Its better when I am resting. I have not had much of an appetite, so I'm uncertain if there are any food correlation. I feel the same pain whether my stomach is empty or full.
Thank you for responding to all the questions. I realize that questions are a bit of a hassle; however, this type of information is very helpful in these situations. At this point, I am a bit suspicious of a gastric issue, such as an ulcer or acid reflux disease. This would be my greatest suspicion based on location and your information. However, I am also a bit concerned about a possible muscular issue. Since you have palpable discomfort and pain is worse with activity and better with rest, possible muscle inflammation is also a potential cause for your discomfort; however, gastric issues can also be present with activity and rest. At this point, I would recommend having a provider evaluation. A physical exam can help narrow down a cause. It is easier to narrow down a cause when certain positive and negative exam findings, such as bloating, gas, organ size, etc.. are noted. Once you have an exam, your provider may be better able to treat the suspected cause. This may include a gastric mucosal barrier agent, acid reducing medication, or anti-inflammatories, depending on the suspected cause. At any rate, you may consider continuing a bland diet until you can be seen. At this point, if you do want to try some TUMS and/or an over the counter acid reducer, you may get some relief if this is gastric in nature. Although there is a possibility of possible muscular issue, I would not advise taking any anti-inflammatories until you can be seen, because these medications can really irritate the gastric lining; therefore, it would be best to wait till evaluation. I realize that the "go to the provider" response is not the most ideal; however, given the limitations of the internet, I hope you understand why I would recommend this. I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know. Lisa
Again, thanks for taking the time to respond and the questions make sense. I will take your advice and schedule an appointment with my PCP. I have never experienced any pains or discomfort, until my 40th birthday, so everything puts me on pins and needles when it comes to my health. I can't tell what's fibro related or any other illness Again, thank you for your time and Merry Christmas.