Medical

Have medical questions? Ask a doctor online!

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

How much does this cost? I've been having upper abdominal…

Customer Question
How much does this...

How much does this cost?

Doctor's Assistant: It can cost anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on the type of issue and how much of the Doctor's time your question is expected to take (how complex and lengthy an answer you require).

I've been having upper abdominal cramps with heartburn and dark colored urine for about 3-4 days

Doctor's Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?

Upper abdominal cramps, heartburn, dark colored urine, headache, gas

Doctor's Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?

Maybe very mild nausea but the headache started last night and continued to today. It may be unrelated though

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Not that i can think of.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Medical
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
3/20/2018
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago
Doctor Jennifer
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 126
Experience: Surgery Fellow
Verified

Hi, I'm Dr Jennifer and I'm a surgery fellow. I'm concerned you might have a problem with your liver or gallbladder. Can I ask you a few more questions to clarify the situation for me?

How old are you?

What medical problems do you have and medications do you take?

Does food make the pain better or worse?

Is it more right sided, left sided, or in the middle?

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I am 32, in decent shape (5'11 175lbs) and just take ibuprofen on occasion for a headache or something. Food makes it worse and it is in the middle. I am currently having an issue with my right hand that has been painful and swollen for almost a month. Although i am not sure it is related.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I will say the abdominal pain is not what I would consider severe, but it is bothering me
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago

The top two on my list are gastritis (inflammation of the stomach, ibuprofen can make it worse) or gallbladder/gallstone problems. Given your dark urine, I'm more worried about the gallbladder, since if the bile duct becomes blocked by a gallstone, that can make your urine dark with reabsorbed bile.

I don't know how your hand could be related, but crazier things have happened!

I'd want you to see a doctor and get your blood drawn to see if your bile level is elevated (bilirubin) reflecting a blockage, and an ultrasound of your abdomen to check for gallstones. The other thing you can try is gastritis remedies over the counter to see if your symptoms disappear. If so, it was probably gastritis.

You can take over the countre omeprazole every day for a week to see if you get results. If so, either cut down on your ibuprofen, or remember always to take it with food to protect your stomach.

Does that answer your question? Let me know if I can clarify anything. If you're satisfied with my service, please consider giving me a 5 star rating!

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I do not have insurance and have a wife and 3 kids so I can't really afford a DR. What would you recommend I do
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Also, if I drink plenty of water the urine color goes back to normal
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago

OK, then try methods for the gastritis and if they work, stick with them. You can take tums with meals but ideally you'd prevent it with omeprazole first thing in the morning before food. If everything goes away, you're set and just out the $20 for a months supply of tums and omeprazole.

If that doesn't work, OR if your pain gets worse, you start throwing up, or you have a fever, then I would say you probably have cholecystitis and need to be checked out ASAP. An urgent care or a doctor's office is cheaper than the ED, so try to schedule something. Depending on where you are there are clinics with sliding scales you might be able to find on the internet. Check now in case things get worse and you need a plan quickly.

For both problems, avoiding spicy and fatty foods can reduce symptoms.

Re: the urine, you could just be dehyrdated, or if the blockage is intermittent it could just be a small enough amount of bile to be able to be diluted. Drinking a lot of water isn't a bad idea though!

Does that help?

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
If it ends up being cholecystitis, is that something that can go away on its own or is that serious and i need to get the gallblader removed
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago

So there are different schools of thought. I was trained, and personally believe, that cholecystitis needs to be treated with removal of the gallbladder. Some people treat with antibiotics, but there is a high failure rate, and it can recur. If there's any way you can get health insurance, I would. I know it can be really hard.

If you end up having a bile blockage, that can end up being serious enough to hospitalize you, or even kill you. It's less likely, but it's possible.

Hopefully it's just gastritis and omeprazole can fix you right up!

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Doctor: Doctor Jennifer, Doctor replied 3 months ago

If you're a young, healthy, non overweight man, the likely answer is gastritis, as long as the dark urine is from dehydration and not bile. I think trying acid blockers first is reasonable, as long as you remember the warning signs (fever, increasing pain that doesn't go away, vomiting) that should send you to urgent care or the ED.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a doctorLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Doctor Jennifer Your Own Question
Doctor Jennifer
Doctor Jennifer
Doctor Jennifer, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 126
126 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Surgery Fellow

Doctor Jennifer is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Board Certified Physician

51,788 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.

Dr. David

Dr. David

Board Certified Physician

224 satisfied customers

Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications

Dr. D. Love

Dr. D. Love

Doctor

18,060 satisfied customers

Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Doctor

16,284 satisfied customers

20 yrs. in practice, including surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Doctor

14,060 satisfied customers

MBBS MS. Post doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine. General surgeon and sports medicine specialist

< Previous | Next >

Related Medical Questions
I am a 67 year old female. I am not diabetic. I take no
I am a 67 year old female. I am not diabetic. I take no prescription drugs but do take supplements. Magnesium, calcium, krill oil, vitamin D, probiotic and Q10. My cramps happen 2 to 3 times a night, … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor
Post-Doctoral Degree
14,060 satisfied customers
I have an Abnormal TSH [ High ] in pregnancy [ First
Hi. I have an Abnormal TSH [ High ] in pregnancy [ First Trimester ]. Want to consult with Endocrinology. Free T 4 is normal but in lower normal range. … read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
8,363 satisfied customers
I just noticed my lymph node in my left area of my groin is
I just noticed my lymph node in my left area of my groin is enlarged (and feels slightly tender). I had a UTI about two weeks ago and just finished a 7-day course of antibiotics (Amoxicilln) 5 days ag… read more
Dr. A
Dr. A
Medical Degree
766 satisfied customers
What kind of doctor specializes in toxicity in the body? I
What kind of doctor specializes in toxicity in the body? I would like a test for metal/mercury toxicity. Also, how difficult would it be to get my primary care doctor to refer me to this specialist?… read more
Dr. Ravoof
Dr. Ravoof
Doctoral Degree
2,062 satisfied customers
I've been diagnosed with acinetobactoer baumannii and I need
I've been diagnosed with acinetobactoer baumannii and I need to know if this is contagious as my 78 year old mother has had a terrible cough and I'm not sure if I should take her to the ER my gut is t… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,801 satisfied customers
When I woke up this morning and went to the bathroom, there
When I woke up this morning and went to the bathroom, there was red blood in my stool. Should I go to an urgent care or ER to have this checked?… read more
Dr Josh
Dr Josh
Doctor
B.A.M.S.
7,550 satisfied customers
I took my husbands meds. By mistake. They are met form in
I took my husbands meds. By mistake. They are met form in 500 mg … read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
I'm trying to see if I have hpv or something else but I'm
I'm trying to see if I have hpv or something else but I'm don't wanna get checked at a hospital yet … read more
Dr. Shah
Dr. Shah
MD
4,076 satisfied customers
Feeling very ill. Extreme lower back pain. Hurts in my lower
Feeling very ill. Extreme lower back pain. Hurts in my lower bowel when I sit. Jabbing abdominal pain. … read more
Dr. Shah
Dr. Shah
MD
4,076 satisfied customers
Nephew accidentally took 300mg of bupropion. Been on
This just happened this morning...worried about side effect of having seizure..blood pressute 130/90 puluse 94 … read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
16,284 satisfied customers
I have a hemroid that is pretty bad i am 37 yr old had one
i have a hemroid that is pretty bad i am 37 yr old had one befor wheni was like 23 this time my vaginal cannal hurts and burns as well???? … read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
My wife hit her shin on a low wodende fence and a big
my wife hit her shin on a low wodende fence and a big hematoma developed putting ice on it does she need medical help … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Doctor
Post-Doctoral Degree
14,060 satisfied customers
A pulmonary nodule of 4mm was found incidental to a CT scan
Greetings:A pulmonary nodule of 4mm was found incidental to a CT scan I had done. I am a former smoker, age 50, I quit 8 years ago, and my mom died from a smoking related illness (not sure if cancer).… read more
Dr. Jon
Dr. Jon
Attending Physician
MD
255 satisfied customers
I'm was taking 2 25 mg atenolol and 1 2 mg doxazosin tablets
I'm was taking 2 25 mg atenolol and 1 2 mg doxazosin tablets for blood pressure two times a day, 1 30 mg armour for thyroid one time a day, 1 anastrozole 1mg one time a day, and 1 and 1 bupropion 150 … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,801 satisfied customers
I have been diagnosed with the pulmonary disease so I am
I have been diagnosed with the pulmonary disease so I am looking for second opinion. … read more
Dr. Jon
Dr. Jon
Attending Physician
MD
255 satisfied customers
I got this swollen in between the ear the jaw of the face.
I got this swollen in between the ear the jaw of the face … read more
Dr. Shah
Dr. Shah
MD
4,076 satisfied customers
THIS QUEASTION IS FOR DR.MUNEEB ALI ONLY PLEASE TO DISCUSS
THIS QUEASTION IS FOR DR.MUNEEB ALI ONLY PLEASE TO DISCUSS MY PROLASPE PROBLEM AND FOOT PROBLEM.AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS… read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
8,363 satisfied customers
I have stage 4 leukemia ( CLL ). When my WBC gets back to
I have stage 4 leukemia ( CLL ). When my WBC gets back to normal range will I be free from cancer? Thanks, Wayne… read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
8,363 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x