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Female 29 Yrs, athletic, thin. Experiencing abdominal pain

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Female 29 Yrs, athletic, thin. Experiencing abdominal pain after eating small quantities of food. Frequent burping, even 12 hours after eating. Ongoing for past 2 months. Any ideas?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.


Is there any tender area? How long does the pain last? Is there any relieving or aggravating factor? How frequently the pain is coming? Can you elaborate the precise site of pain, any radiation to other place & if so, where? How is stool & urine? Do you have any other symptom? Do you have any significant past illness? Was any test or treatment taken? Are you on any other medication?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It's for a close friend, who is reluctant to go to a doctor due to the cost. No tests done yet. No GI or stool issues. Pain seems localized at roughly upper stomach - spleen area (centered). I did the typical slow push with fingers, which was painful. Sudden release of pressure was not painful. No other symptoms. No breath odor when burping (as in sufite or acetone).
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the input.

Pain in the upper abdomen after food can be due to reflux, gastritis, pancreatitis etc. H.pylori infection may be there too. Sometimes gall bladder disease can also pain after food. She should take an examination by doctor as it is continuing for 2 months. When she is not having insurance, she can visit a free clinic. She need to continue bland diet, avoid coffee, tobacco, alcohol, smoking , fried fatty food etc. Antacids can help. H2 blockers like zantac, pepcid can also be useful.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I've had an ulcer in the past, and used to take xantac and others, but usuall the pain was AFTER eating and the stomach was partially emptied. This one occurs DURING eating, which is what (along with burps on an empty stomach) seemed unusual. Also, it is not described as a burning sensation.
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
The pain during eating can occur if food irritates the inflammed area as in gastritis or inflammed esophagus as in reflux. Another less common possibility is abdominal angina. In abdominal angina there can be insufficient blood flow during eating causing the pain.
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