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Intense pain in the upper abdominal area. Hurts to breathe

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Intense pain in the upper abdominal area. Hurts to breathe at times and hurts when I cough or sneeze. Sore to the touch. Should I go to the doctor? Pepto Bismol is not helping it. Please advise
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 6 years ago.
Where is pain more intense {right or left}? Since when are you having these symptoms? Do you have associated symptoms like fever/ vomiting or nausea?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It is mostly in the center region but when I lay down the pain is more when I roll to my left side than the right. No fever/vomiting or nausea but loss of appetite. Dont have much energy
Expert:  Ken replied 6 years ago.
I can understand your anxiety.
We need to consider few causes. Upper abdomen is a complex region of the body. There is underlying visceral organs like liver, spleen, pancreas/ bowel loops {including stomach, duodenum}. Sudden intense pain may indicate abnormality at either of these. I would also like to consider inflammation at pleura {as pain increases with coughing/ sneezing} or costochondritis. Muscle spasm may also present with similar symptoms.
But as it seems the pain is severe I would go to ER and get it evaluated. Few investigations like ultrasound of abdomen/ chest x ray/ blood tests/ upper GI scopy will give us the diagnosis.
Till than have a glass of cold milk, antacids {it may smoothen the gastric mucosa to relieve pain}.
Wish you well. God bless
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do you consider this enough of an emergency though to go to the ER or should I try to wait it out. Is this something that can go away over time?
Expert:  Ken replied 6 years ago.
Severe pain is worrisome. See for associated symptoms like distention of abdomen/ increase in severity of pain/ loss of consciousness or dizziness/ nausea, vomiting.