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what can stop pain and bloating just below sternum

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what can stop pain and bloating just below sternum?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Hello,

Can you describe the pain you are feeling?
Is it sharp, dull, burning?
Any shortness of breath?
Is it related to certain foods?
Any nausea?

What antacid did you try?
Do you have any chronic health problems?

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
dull nagging,gurgling pain . comes and goes. no nausea. tried mylanta. no chronic problems.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Just to clarify, when you say below the sternum is it in the chest or upper abdomen?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
upper abdomen.no chest problems.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for clarifying,

Your pain can be due to a few things--gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), ulcers or gallbladder disease.
For gastritis or ulcers, until you are able to see your doctor, I recommend using an over the counter medication like omeprazole or zegerid. Also avoid fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol and caffeine.

Gallbladder disease is a common cause of pain in the abdomen/bloating. It can also cause nausea and pain in the right shoulder blade. The treatment for this is to avoid fatty foods or any food that seems to make it worse as well as surgery if gallstones are present. The diagnosis is made by ultrasound.

There are certain foods that increase intestinal gas and bloating, including beans, cauliflower, brocolli, carbonated beverages, sorbitol.
Here is a more complete list....

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gas/
Avoidance of these foods may help with the bloating.

If these measures do not make a difference for you (avoidin g foods mentioned, omeprazole or zegerid) follow up with your doctor. An ultrasound of the abdomen would be the next step along with possibly a referral to a GI specialist for a scope to look in your stomach.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

Dr Abby

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