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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Stabbing pain in upper region of stomach below sternum. Pain radiates to the left and then to my back. Happens even when i don't eat?

Stabbing pain in upper region of stomach below sternum.  Pain radiates to the left and then to my back.  Happens even when i don't eat?

Stomach pain: Please get your self checked for a gastric (stomach) ulcer. It is usually due to a bacterial infection called h. Pylori and sometimes drug induced (asprin and Motrin like drugs). ...Read more

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I have severe stomach pain below my sternum down both sides when i inhale..What should I do?Hantee

I have severe stomach pain below my sternum down both sides when i inhale..What should I do?Hantee

Doctor can evaluate: Anyone with "severe stomach pain" should be evaluated by her doctor. The emergency room can evaluate severe stomach pain, if the primary care or regular doctor is not able to help right away. ...Read more

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Gnawing pain below sternum and above stomach, sore Esophagus, fatigue. Worse on empty stomach and in the morning. Watery mouth occasionally?

Gnawing pain below sternum and above stomach, sore Esophagus, fatigue. Worse on empty stomach and in the morning. Watery mouth occasionally?

Gastrits: Could be Acute Gastritis. Avoid any solid food . Drink Liquids for 24 Hours and then BRAT Diet. If still remains a problem after 4 days, consult your Doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pain below sternum, (feels better food in stomach) bloating, anxiety/tachycardia, lightheaded, not sleeping well. Thryoid or digestive problem?

Anxiety: Anxiety can cause indigestion as well as irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers, gastritis, panic attacks, insomnia , high blood pressure and much more. You need to speak with your doctor about getting medication for improving your coping abilities and therapy. You can spend your life going from doctor to doctor for all your symptoms but they are usually caused by anxiety and depression. ...Read more

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I have constant pain in my upper abdomen below sternum feels worse if I stretch or press on it?

I have constant pain in my upper abdomen below sternum feels worse if I stretch or press on it?

Abdominal pain: It sounds like you may have a pulled muscle in that area. Alternatively, you may have a case of gastritis - or inflammation of the stomach lining. Give it a few days to clear, and if it doesn't, go see your doctor. Good luck, and I hope you get to feeling better! ...Read more

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Abdominal pain 1/5 after eating below the sternum. Lasts for hours. Better after milk. No constipation but go less often and its green, small amount.

Abdominal pain 1/5 after eating below the sternum. Lasts for hours. Better after milk. No constipation but go less often and its green, small amount.

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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