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My stomach has been hurting me all day, No relief..what are

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My stomach has been hurting me all day, No relief..what are the symptoms of appendicitis?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Brims replied 3 years ago.

Dr B :

Hello, welcome to Justanswer, I will try to assist you with your medical question, and any medical information you seek

Dr B :

Any diarrhea,fevers or chills?

Customer:

No

Customer:

Just constant pain

Dr B :

I see, when did the pain start?

Customer:

also aching in my lower back and the pain started this morning

Dr B :

Any history of ulcers?

Customer:

i took an oxycodone and it didn't touch the pain. no history of ulcers

Customer:

when I lay down the pain is slightly worse thatn when I sit up or walk

Dr B :

is your belly rigid?

Customer:

seems to be worse on my left side..low down on my stomach.

Customer:

my stomach seems to be very bloated

Customer:

just ate 3 oranges today and 4 popsicles although last night ate too much pizza

Dr B :

Have you had any bowel movements or gas?

Customer:

yes, twice today had bowel movements and gas,not much relief..have the feeling like I want to vomit but can't

Dr B :

I see, how bad is the pain on a scale of 1-10?

Customer:

I am sitting up presently so its a 3 earlier it was an 7 and 8

Customer:

when I lay down it goes back to being very painful

Customer:

lots of pressure

Dr B :

Is the pain worse during or after meals?

Customer:

haven't eaten today except for the oranges and popsicles and really didnt notice a difference

Customer:

I did take a shower and let the hot water beat on my back and the pain subsided somewhat for about 20 minutes

Customer:

It feels like the beginning of a labor contraction that tightness..obviously that is not the problem at 55 year s old

Dr B :

I see

Dr B :

What you are experiencing sounds like an ulcer

Customer:

I think if it was bad pizza i would have gotten sick last night..not this morning..am I right?

Customer:

What do you do for an ulcer?

Dr B :

Not necessarily

Dr B :

An ulcer is treated with antacids , or acid reducers

Customer:

will Tums help an ulcer?

Dr B :

yes, it may provide temporary relief

Customer:

how many do I chew at a time?

Dr B :

You can take 2-3

Customer:

I just took a second one..how long will I know if that is the problem?

Dr B :

it may be about an hour, but tums will not always relieve the symptoms of an ulcer, many times a drug like pepcid or omeprazole will be required

Dr B :

to reduce the acid

Customer:

does laying down fit with the symptoms feeling worse ? and what causes anulcer?

Dr B :

Many times pain from an ulcer will radiate to the back, and it is worse when you lay down

Dr B :

This does not sound like an appendicitis

Customer:

what causes an ulcer?

Dr B :

Excess acid secretion in the stomachh

Dr B :

stomach

Customer:

is it from the foods I eat?

Dr B :

No, it occurs in many people, and is rarely associated with food

Customer:

what else should I do tonight to feel better?

Dr B :

Try to eat something and drink milk

Customer:

Should it go away in a few hours do you think?

Dr B :

The pain of an ulcer can be unpredictable so I cannot say for sure

Customer:

O.K., thanks I appreciate your help

Dr B :

You're welcome
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