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I have been having intense stomach and abdominal pain as

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I have been having intense stomach and abdominal pain as well as nausea and acid reflex attacks in my stomach, throat, and esophagus for about two months now. So I finally got an appointment with a stomach/GI specialist awhile ago and she had me go in to the radiology department and performed a CT scan (with contrast) of my stomach. I was diagnosed with an INGUINAL hernia. As a note, no endoscopy was performed: only the CT scan of my stomach with contrast dye.
So, I have the following questions:
1. Should I plead for hernia surgery? The pain all over my ENTIRE abdomen, as well as cramping, etc, is extremely intense and non-stop.
2. Common sense question: should I quit my current occupation and move onto something else? I run a restaurant in a variety of capacities: waiting tables, answering phones, running around non-stop, etc, where I am constantly on my feet 8-12 hours per night 4-6 nights per week WITHOUT sitting or resting, in addition to the 2-mile walk (25 minutes) I have to get to transportation to get to work in the afternoon. Should I stop doing this work? Is all of this time running around and constantly on my feet negatively impacting this?
3. Could I possibly have other GI afflictions other than the INGUINAL hernia? As previously noted, I have very intense nausea and acid reflux attacks in my throat and am extremely sick to my stomach every morning when I wake up. The intense cramping pain is not just in the INGUINAL/pelvic area but all over my entire abdominal area. In the past few years, I have had esophagitis and gastritis (diagnosed from an endoscopy two years ago). Doctor prescribed pantaprozole (once in the morning) as well as Famotidine (once before bedtime). Should I continue with these medications indefinitely? As a side note, I do consume a healthy daily diet: a lot of fruits and vegetables (apples, celery with organic peanut butter, etc), fruit smoothies (banana, strawberry, blueberry, milk, etc), green juices every day (kale, broccoli, etc), etc.
As a side note, the reason I am contacting you is because said GI Doctor, like most other specialists I try getting a hold of, is EXTREMELY hard to get a hold of on the phone, so I am in limbo-land right now.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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That does not explain nausea, acid reflux etc.

CT scan will not show any inflammation of the stomach lining, or ulcer sometimes.

Hence you will need endoscopy as well.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about the cramping and intense abdominal pain? Should I arrange surgery for the INGUINAL hernia?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Inguinal hernia can cause pain in lower abdomen.

Where is your pain located?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Entire abdomen, particularly right side. Do I need surgery?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

In that case yes there is risk of incarcerated hernia.

You should consult with a surgeon also.