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why do some upper abdominal pains increase at night ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
When lying down?: Upper abdominal pain can be from "acid", such as stomach ulcers, just gastritis with no ulcer, or reflux (heartburn). Reflux worsens when a person is lying down and/or has a full stomach. Sometimes there is an ulcer in the first part of the small intestine. Infection with h. Pylori bacteria can lead to stomach ulcer pains. The primary care doctor or the G.I. Specialist can try various therapies.

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