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What Should I Take for Stomach Pain?

By    |   Friday, 14 Mar 2014 11:13 AM

Question: I had surgery to repair a hiatal hernia in 2008 and now I am having pain in my upper abdomen and it hurts a great deal. What is the best antacid for gastric pain and is milk good to drink when your stomach is burning? I take Advil to try and ease the pain but it is not helping much. Any suggestions?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Upper abdominal pain is commonly caused by problems in the stomach, such as ulcers, infections, inflammations, and tumors. It can also be due to pancreatic conditions, such as infections, inflammation, stone disease, and tumors. In addition, abdominal pain is often tied to esophageal issues — strictures, ulcerations, tumors — and gallbladder problems (including infections, inflammation, stone disease, and tumors).
 
But you should know that upper abdominal pain can be a red flag for heart disease, and may be the first sign of an impending heart attack or blood vessel disturbance such as an aneurism of your aorta. Both of these conditions alone are serious enough by themselves to advise you not to seek a doctor's assessment.
 
You should also know that stomach burning will be aggravated by the use of Advil. The use of dairy products only increases stomach acid secretion, and often will worsen burning complaints. You will an examination by your personal physician or an emergency physician should you decide to go to the ER for assessment.

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Upper abdominal pain is commonly caused by problems in the stomach, but can also be due to more serious conditions.
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