Dr david,I am a 38 yearl old male, 5'9, 142 lbs. I have a history of gastritis and ibs. For the past 6 days I have had a come and go burning sensation in my stomach on the left side during the day, with a lot of flatuelence. In the past two or three days , I have woke up in the middle of the night with stomach pain that I can best describe as the feeling of being hungry, but I am not . It is an abdominal discomfort feeling that does keep me awake. 2 years ago I had a ct scan of abdmen that was normal, and 5 months ago I had a normal ultrasound of abdomen. I am very concerned that this is being caused by pancreatic cancer. I know it's rare in a 38 year old... Should I be concerned about this now with my symptoms of 5 or 6 day? It's just concerning me that when laying down at night is when it s most noticeable...
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 38
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.
no, I don't think your symptoms are being caused by pancreatic cancer.
I think you are most likely having gastritis type symptoms.
this is most likely caused by increased production of stomach acid in the stomach
have you tried any antacids in the middle of the night or not eating so close to bed time?
you might need to take the dexilant at night
or switch to something stronger like nexium or protonix to take at night or twice a day for a short period of time.
talk to your doctor about those options.
or you might need to drink some milk or eat a small snack in the middle of the night to get some food in your stomach
more like just an empty stomach with acid in it causing gastritis.
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