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Pain in mid-back region, both left & right quadrants, pain

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pain in mid-back region, both left & right quadrants, pain in the upper breastbone area (at conjunction of ribcage) as well.
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No - male, stressed, age approx 26 yrs
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: family member had pancreatic cancer
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

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To You: I have read your post and your query about your body pain. I'm sorry for the stress this must be causing you! I can imagine you must be quite concerned, and I’m glad you’ve decided to get information from the experts, instead of randomly online. Has this every happened before? Any idea what possibilities could have triggered it, or was it straight out of the blue?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
think this is mostly stress-related > have had ongoing stomach issues and thought it might be Crohn's, an ulcer or possibly
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

Have there been triggers for your stress recently?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I am not the patient - I'm a friend
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

I see. Wow, what a good friend. Do you think he/she has had increases in stress that are contributing to these symptoms? No other triggers that you know of?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Work load, job-related stress mainly.
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

We are seeing stress-related stomach issues more and more commonly recently. So, that is a possibility that is important to consider strongly, but it is also important to rule out any medical emergencies that could be causing such severe pain. Do you know of any risk for other potential causes for the pains?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

Do you know if your friend has tried antiinflammatories to treat his/her pain yet?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I suggested that! He has taken 150mg Zantac OTC...but it didn't help. Also suggested taking up to 300mg (I've had an ulcer and had to take 300mg twice a day at one time)...prefers to use non-prescription if possible...wondering if tumeric would add
to the pain at the ribcage if it is an ulcer. Can you advise?
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

Tumeric is thought to be helpful in some countries, but generally, we recommend some of the following pain relief options:

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
We work for a pharma company...he has taken Tylenol etc but again, no relief. More interested in trying to figure out what this actually is...I'm thinking hiatal hernia AND ulcer plus possible inflammation to the back. or more than one ulcer.
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

of course, that's the bot***** *****ne goal we all share - but I also feel terribly for his suffering and want to make sure he is not in agony! Poor thing. Another option to help calm down ulcer pain is Tumms, maalox and mylanta. Coating the ulcers can sometimes provide temporary relief from the constant acid production.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Tried already...he was actually in an ER this past weekend with this - waiting for an appointment to follow-up.
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

man, poor guy!

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

you're a great friend to be caring so much about him

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
he's a good friend too...thank you for your advice
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 3 months ago.

You're so very welcome! Are there any parts of our discussion about your posted question that you feel are missing to meet our goal of a 5-star review from you?