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A 40-year-old female asked:

Can you get upper abdominal gas pain (below ribs) that lasts for hours? i get this daily. nothing helps. i do gastric bile reflux. meds just don't seem to work. not sure if pain is gas in stomach or the bile.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Posibilities: Your large intestines pass upwards from the area of the appendix crossing under the ribs before it drops down to exit at the anus. An upright person tends to accumulate excess gas,especially on the left side when their diet leads to gas. Just like bubbles in a pond, the gas goes upward. A food diary may help you decide which foods make you gassy so you can avoid them.Probiotics may also help.
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Last updated Feb 29, 2020

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