A 36-year-old female asked:
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i have had pain in my upper stomach for 3 weeks. it tends to be above my belly button up to my sternum. it intensifies with eating but is present even on an empty stomach. i also am slightly bloated and have an increase in gas. no bowel/nausea issues?

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Dr. David Yoo
Dr. David Yoo answered
5 years experience Internal Medicine
?many possibilities: Causes could include peptic ulcer disease, gastritis (inflammation of stomach lining, chronic pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation), gallstone disease. An upper endoscopy can be helpful in older aged white men > 50 years old, heavy alcohol drinker, smokers, if associated with vomiting blood, weight loss etc. Trial of therapy with acid suppression like ranitidine, pantoprazole can be helpful
Answered on May 7, 2020

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