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How long has this been going on for?
Do you have any other symptoms?
Any medical problems? Do you take any medication?
It's been going on maybe for 4 or 5 hours.
No other symptoms.
I do have gastritis.
Any nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
Did the pain wake you from sleeping?
I take 320 mg of Diovan HCT, 125 MCG of Synthroid, 10 mg of Buspar twice a day, and only for the last 13 days have I taken Prilosec.
No nausea, vomiting, nor diarrhea.
It did not wake me from sleeping.
Ok. So. Did you start noticing the stomach problems two weeks ago and now you have this new pain?
No, I started taking Prilosec because previously I would get stomach problems off and on, and this new pain started suddenly, yes.
I also had a severe case of constipation. However, by using a Fleet enema and eating 40 grams of fiber daily for 2 or 3 days, I went from having a bowel movement twice a week to 5 times a week.
Ok. Well, I must admit, I do not like this new pain that has not resolved in over 5 hours. It might be from an gastric ulcer, pancreatitis, a pinched nerve or maybe just a gas pocket....
The problem is that this type of a pain could be a sign of something serious (ulcer) or no big deal (gas bubble). The only way to be sure is to have a doctor take a look at you.
That is an improvement in your bowels. That is good.
I just had an endoscopy done on November 3, 2012, and all I had was gastritis.
That is good but, of course, a ulcer could have formed since then.....
Should I try to take Gas-X and see if the pain goes away?
You can probably try some tylenol, putting a hot pad on your stomach and laying down and see how things go over the next few hours.
Yes. Gas X is a good idea...
I also had a colonoscopy done on October 27, 2008, and all I had was hemorrhoids.
I wouldn't think that pain this high up would be from something a colonoscopy would see. Anyway, at least you are up to date on that test.
If the Gas-X helps, would that be an indication that it was probably a gas bubble?
The pain is right above my belly button.
I would describe the pain as mild to moderate.
Oh....I visualized it a bit higher.
Maybe a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, and only when I lean forward while in a sitting position.
I would try the gasx, the tylenol and hot pad with laying down for an hour or two.
If things do not improve or, of course, if they get worse, then have your MD take a look this afternoon. This is the safest course of action without rushing to the ER....
If the Gas-X does help though, would that be a probable sign that it was a gas bubble?
Yes. And that would be excellent news :)