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Hello Amber,I am sorry about your significant pain.Do you have nausea, vomiting, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, gas, sweating, shortness of breath?Is there pain when you move your upper back or shoulder? Any significant past medical or surgical history? Are you diabetic, have high blood pressure, are sedentary, stressed, over weight, smoker, drink alcohol regularly? Is your cholesterol or lipid profile normal? Dr. Arun
Hello Amber,Your description suggests that your symptoms are likely due to GERD or gastritis (or peptic ulcer). You may try following for the long term measures;
1) antacids; Maalox
2) acid blocker; Prilosec
3) loosing weight, if overweight for long term
4) avoiding alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, chocolate, and tomato based products
5) avoiding large meals. Eat 5 small meals in a day.
6) wait three hours after the meal before you sleep.
7) elevate head end of the bed by 8 inches.
For acid reflux (GERD), following also would be helpful;A. Herbs;1) Cranberry2) PeppermintB. Homeopathy1) Nux Vomica2) PulsatillaC. Nutrition and supplements;1) Multivitamin; vitamins A, C, E, the B vitamins, and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium. 2) Probiotic supplement3) Omega 3 fatty acid4) Avoid; cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.5) Also avoid; white breads, pastas, and especially sugar, red meats,6) Eat lean meats, cold water fish, tofu, beans, olive oilThe other possibility of the diagnosis can be gall bladder stone. I do not think it to be heart or lung related or pancreatitis. But if the severe pain persists; it is mandatory to get an evaluation done by the doctor and an EKG may be done (just to categorically rule out heart related issue).Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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You are very welcome, Amber.It does not look like heart issue. But any upper abdominal pain if moderate to severe would warrant an examination by a doctor and may need investigative work up, as we discussed.It is privilege assisting you.Please rate (excellent / good) the answer, if you are satisfied by the interaction. Let me know if you have any further queries.