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A slight pain on the right side just above the waistline

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A slight pain on the right side just above the waistline that comes and the disappears and pokes back several hours later. Started yesterday but after I had dinner is disappeared for last 24 hours and then happened a few times this afternoon......any idea what it can be.....started again after coffee but had a few crackers and stopped -
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

right sided pain right above the waist line can be from constipation, diverticulosis, inflammation of your gall bladder, small kidney stone

coffee can cause your bowels to move which can worsen pain if you are constipated.

are you having hard stool with constipation?

how old are you?

do you have your gall bladder still in your body?

do you have a doctor you can see who can do some tests to find out what the cause of your pain?

Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

This is purely gas related pain.

Coffee instigates gas.

Crackers soak up gas --that is why relief.

Improper diet can cause gas formation and this type of symptoms.

Not serious but preventable.

Youshould consider following low fermentable sugar diet ( FODMAP diet) to reduceyour symptoms.

Pleasego to this link for detailed information:

Please also include prebiotics like Inulin daily to keep your colon acidic whichprevent gas producing bacteria.

Also take a probiotic ( lactobacilli, bifidobacterium) daily to restore intestinal microbial balance.

Culturelle 30 Counts twice daily should be fine.

Simethicone and activated charcoal can be taken before meals to reduce gas and bloating.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

coffee instigates your bowels to move and peristalsis

if you have constipation, this can cause pain.

crackers gives starch for your stomach acid to digest

you could have excessive stomach acid causing pain.

acid in the distal stomach can cause pain in the right side.

over the counter stomach acid reducing medications like zantac or prilosec or maalox or mylanta can be used.

if these help, then your pain is from excessive stomach acid

if you haven't had a bowel movement in a few days, then you are constipated.

and you need laxatives and stool softeners to move your bowels to help your pain.

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