A dull ache of 6 months with occasional sharp will need following investigations to ascertain the cause;
1) CT scan of abdomen
2) Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
3) Tests for helicobacter pylori
Following can be the possibilities;
1) a gall bladder stone
2) mild hiatal hernia
You may try following, meanwhile;
a) Bismuth subsalicylate
c) Simethicone; (Maalox, Mylanta)
d) Beano; contains an enzyme (alpha-galactosidase), which helps to breakdown certain complex carbohydrates.
All are available without prescription.
Avoid foods that appear to aggravate symptoms. These may include milk and dairy products, certain fruits or vegetables, whole grains, artificial sweeteners etc. But this is based on the personal observation for the aggravating food.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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