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I have had an intermittent dull ache under my left rib cage

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I have had an intermittent dull ache under my left rib cage for over a month. It comes and goes but it's always in the same spot, close to my abdomen, right under a rib. Almost feels like a runners stitch but it's not. It's off and on and not triggered by anything. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

pain right under the left rib is most commonly from excessive stomach acid, called gastritis.

spicy foods, fried foods, oily foods, alcohol, sodas, large meals can cause worse stomach acid production.

you might need a stomach acid reducer and to change your diet to help decrease your stomach acid.

have you used stomach acid reducers before?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have in the past but not recently. Would it be from stomach acid on the side? It's not up high more over to the left, in the stomach area. Also, I haven't noticed it flaring up after I eat. Just double checking. Random aches and pains alarm me. ūüėä thank you!
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

yes, it could be due to stomach acid on the side on the left side.

you might need to watch what you eat and improve your diet

and eat healthier.

try over the counter stomach acid reducers like zantac, tagamet, maalox, mylanta which could help.

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