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Persistent Upper Abdominal Discomfort (Overview)

Persistent upper abdominal discomfort is a symptom in which a person's discomfort doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The discomfort can be mild or moderate, but its constant presence usually means there is an ongoing medical problem. The upper abdomen is below the ribs and above the belly button.


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What can cause abdominal pain and tenderness that migrates/changes? I had lower abdominal tenderness. Now I have upper abdominal discomfort instead.

What can cause abdominal pain and tenderness that migrates/changes? I had lower abdominal tenderness. Now I have upper abdominal discomfort instead.

Many causes: The cause of the pain and discomfort you have could come from the abdominal wall muscles, the intestinal tract, the GYN organs, or the urinary tract to name Agee sources. It could also be that there are a combination of things going in. In all likelihood, it is probably part of normal anatomy/physiology, but if it is persistent and/or limits your activities, best to see your primary care provider. ...Read more

Persistent Upper Abdominal Discomfort (Overview)

Persistent upper abdominal discomfort is a symptom in which a person's discomfort doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The discomfort can be mild or moderate, but its constant presence usually means there is an ongoing medical problem. The upper abdomen is below the ribs and above the belly button.


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Burping more than usual and have abdominal discomfort on and off by discomfort i don't mean pain i just know its there, sometimes feel bloated?

Burping more than usual and have abdominal discomfort on and off by discomfort i don't mean pain i just know its there, sometimes feel bloated?

Many possibilities: Various issues such as constipation, irritable bowel, some food intolerances, gastritis, gallbladder, etc. Would need to see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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How to treat upper abdominal discomfort and no appetite?

How to treat upper abdominal discomfort and no appetite?

Depends: If this is a one time episode i would recommend tums, pepto, alka selzer or zantac. If this is more chronic then you likely need to see someone. It could be ulcer or gallbladder or some other gastric problem. ...Read more

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Throughout the day I have upper right abdominal discomfort. It's not a pain so what else could it be?

Throughout the day I have upper right abdominal discomfort. It's not a pain so what else could it be?

After eating?: You may have gallbladder dysfunction with or without having gallstones. If avoiding fat in your diet helps, it may be the gallbladder. If eating makes it worse... Then it may be the gallbladder. An ultrasound may find stones. A scan we call the hida can demonstrate the function and test if the pain is coming from the gallbladder. May be worth pursuing. Some people may have nausea alone. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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How do you get rid of abdominal pain from adhesions?

How do you get rid of abdominal pain from  adhesions?

Need more info...: I am always apprehensive when i hear the words "adhesions" and "pain" in the same sentence. Adhesions are a very common by-product of abdominal and pelvic surery and usually cause no symptoms whatsoever. Furthermore, they can only be seen surgically: not on physical exam, not by x-rays or u/s. I advise you to see your ob/gyne or primary care doctor to help sort out the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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How to tell if I am having a paracetamol overdose? In the space of an hour and a half and i can feel slight abdominal discomfort, should I go and get checked out, better safe than sorry right?

How to tell if I am having a paracetamol overdose? In the space of an hour and a half and i can feel slight abdominal discomfort, should I go and get checked out, better safe than sorry right?

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Abdominal Discomfort (Definition)

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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

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