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Can you please tell me if he is actually experiencing any abdominal pain and if so, where? Has he had any nausea or vomiting? Is he pasisng gas?
the burning is the pain he describes. No vomiting but he hasn't eaten since the onset. Yes, he says he has passed gas.
Could you ask him if his burning sensation is located all over his abdomen or is it more concentrated on the upper abdomen or lower?
It was under his ribs at first but says it's now lower. He's wondering if the beer was tampered. I should also tell you that he has been taking Suboxins for Percocet withdraw. I don't know if that is significant.
Thank you for your reply.
It does not sound that the beer was tampered as it would have caused him to have some food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea or nausea/vomiting. Also, if anyone drinks contaminated beverage or eats contaminated food, it takes hours (sometimes up to 24 hours) before infection sets in.
Drinking beer was coincidental to his abdominal pain, however, beer could have reacted with Suboxone (even though it was only 3 ounces) as it is highly advisable not to drink any alcohol during Suboxone treatment.
Since his pain is quite severe and is disabling, it would be advisable for him to go to a local urgent care center/ER for evaluation (which may include blood work and abdominal x-ray).
Burning sensation in the abdomen is mostly associated with acid reflux, however, possibilities such as stomach ulcers, gallstones, and pancreas inflammation also need to be ruled out.
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