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A 17-year-old female asked:

Tightness in the stomach after period w/ bloating. am constipated & have cramps. had sharp pains under left side of ribs. what could this be?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Gas buildup: Abdominal discomfort in the left upper quadrant with bloating is often due to trapped gas in the splenic flexure of the colon. Applying a hot water bottle to the abdomen helps break down the gas and enables you to pass it. A gentle laxative combined with a stool softener like senokot (senna) also should help you.

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Last updated Mar 20, 2016

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