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i have a tender spot anout an inch above my belly button that

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i have a tender spot anout an inch above my belly button that I can feel if I push hard. I also have a burning sensation in the same area. What is this most likely.

RickMD :

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RickMD :

What is your height and weight?

RickMD :

How long has this been going on for?

RickMD :

Do you have any medical problems or take any medications?

Customer:

5'7", 170 lbs.

Customer:

It has been going on for about 2-1/2 weeks.

Customer:

I take lipitor, 40mg daily.

RickMD :

do you have any other symptoms other than the point tenderness?

Customer:

a burning sensation in the center of my abdomen that comes and goes (usually worse on an empty stomach), bloating that comes and goes, with belching and gas, and occassional naseau (feels like a lump in the throat).

RickMD :

There could be many causes for your symptoms. The first thing that came to mind when you mentioned point tenderness by your belly button was a small hernia. You may also be suffering from a viral syndrome (which has been going on lately) or perhaps even gastric reflux.

Customer:

My doctor mentioned gastritis.

Customer:

I am worried about stomach cancer.

RickMD :

Since your symptoms are not specific for any specific condition and prilosec has not helped at all I think your best recourse at this point it to have a complete exam by your MD.

RickMD :

Oh....I didn't know you had already seen your MD.....

RickMD :

Gastritis makes perfect sense to me.

RickMD :

And if you had a hernia your doctor would have easily found that on exam.....

RickMD :

There is a nasty stomach bug going around, the folks at my Wife's office all have it, and this would explain all your symptoms.

RickMD :

How long does it last? Varies from person to person but at 2 1/2 weeks you should be on the downhill slide toward recovery.

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Customer:

Is stomach cancer a realistic concern?

RickMD :

Stomach cancer is a possibility but I really would put that very far down on my differential diagnosis list at this point. Of course, if you are worried that this is what is going on -- and I don't mean to suggest that it is -- an complete evaluation by a gastroenterologist would be the way to go.

RickMD :

Stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms and the symptoms it does present with are, more often than not, from toher things

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