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I'm having sharp upper right abdominal pain it comes and goes and only lasts a few seconds what could it be?

I'm having sharp upper right abdominal pain it comes and goes and only lasts a few seconds what could it be?

Could be: Problem with ribs, skin, lungs, gall bladder, stomach, intestines or kidney. Should be evaluated in person to give you the best diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Tyson
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Upper Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Upper abdominal pain is pain felt in the belly, above the abdomen. Problems in the stomach, upper intestine, and liver may cause ...Read more


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3 weeks w/ sharp upper left abdominal pain that comes & goes, wakes me up at night, worse on empty stomach, periodically relieved if I eat. Help?

3 weeks w/ sharp upper left abdominal pain that comes & goes, wakes me up at night, worse on empty stomach, periodically relieved if I eat. Help?

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist may give you a definitive diagnosis. In your age, especially if at school and stressed out, it could be developing ulcers of the stomach or just some reflux.
Make sure you see a doctor. ...Read more

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Right upper abdominal pain with nausea. Came on suddenly and very sharp. Comes and goes. Gallbladder removed nov 2013. Cholangitis? Er?

Right upper abdominal pain with nausea. Came on suddenly and very sharp. Comes and goes. Gallbladder removed nov 2013. Cholangitis? Er?

Could be related: This could be a "retained stone" and when you have one of these you should get it checked out. Tell your doc about it, and he/she can schedule some tests to determine if this is the case. Hope this helps. If this is the case, a simple procedure called ERCP can usually fix the problem. ...Read more

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Upper abdominal pain, worse sitting/standing. Like lactose intolerance but for two days. Comes and goes, pain is sharp. Diarrhea. Not tender to touch.

Upper abdominal pain, worse sitting/standing. Like lactose intolerance but for two days. Comes and goes, pain is sharp. Diarrhea. Not tender to touch.

Hard to say: Sorry but this is tough to answer "online"
do you have fever? Is there blood in the diarrhea? Have you had any stomach/intestinal issues in the past? Does anyone else @home have same symptoms?
if the answers to above are No.... Try eating "lightly"over next 24hrs. i.no dairy spicy foods etc...be sure to drink water/teas etc so you don't get dehydrated....if no improvement, see your Dr.
Good luc ...Read more

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Why do I have upper abdominal pain that comes and goes, and there is pressure when crouching down?

Hard to say: Many things can cause upper abdo pain. Your description is not enough; you should have a complete history, physical, and perhaps some blood tests, see your doctor! ...Read more

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Severe upper abdominal pain that comes and goes, gas, hot flashes when pain comes. Some nausea, some bowels sometimes loose sometimes normal.

Severe upper abdominal pain that comes and goes, gas, hot flashes when pain comes. Some nausea, some bowels sometimes loose sometimes normal.

GASTROENTERITIS?: Your symptoms suggest that you have a gastrointestinal infection called Gastroenteritis. You need to drink fluids to keep hydrated. But if the pain persists and you start vomiting or not able to drink fluids due to nausea. Then you need to consult your doctor or if can not get appt go to the ER. Most of the times these are self limiting as these are caused by viruses. But it can also be due to bacteria ...Read more

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Chronic middle back pain on both sides, but worse this past week on left side; mid upper abdominal pain and left upper abdominal pain that comes and goes; chest tightness; difficulty sleeping this past week due to symptoms. Should I be seen today?

Chronic middle back pain on both sides, but worse this past week on left side; mid upper abdominal pain and left upper abdominal pain that comes and goes; chest tightness; difficulty sleeping this past week due to symptoms. Should I be seen today?

To be seen soon: I am concerned about your symptoms. You may have a gallbladder problem, lung problem, both of which could be serious. Your symptoms could be due to other causes. Please be seen in the next day. Happy healing. ...Read more

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What does it if you've been having sharp upper abdominal pain for a year now?

More info: You need to have full history, occurrence, timing, description and a physical exam and some testing to sort that out. ...Read more

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Sharp upper abdominal pain with severe emisis what are these symtons leading up to?

Sharp upper abdominal pain with severe emisis what are these symtons leading up to?

Maybe an ulcer: Your symptoms suggest a number of conditions, but an ulcer of either the stomach or duodenum is of the greatest concern. Ulcers can be caused by h. Pylori bacteria, but may also result from using too many nsaids like aleve, (naproxen) advil, motrin, ibuprofen. Smoking and alcohol intake may hasten ulcer development and worsen symptoms. Untreated ulcers can bleed, obstruct, and perforate. Seek medical care. ...Read more

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Sharp upper abdominal pain. On period. And gassy?

Sharp upper abdominal pain.  On period. And gassy?

Gallstones or ulcer: Would be worth getting abdominal ultrasound as gallstones can cause right upper quadrant pain. Other causes include ulcers.

Does the pain only occur during period and are periods irregular? ...Read more

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Diagnose my symptoms for possible pregnancy? Recurring, sharp, upper abdominal pain. Hurts after and a little after I defecate. Headache.

Diagnose my symptoms for possible pregnancy?
Recurring, sharp, upper abdominal pain.
Hurts after and a little after I defecate. 
Headache.

Check a test : None of those are really pregnancy symptoms but there is a really easy way to find out if you are pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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My absolute eosinophils is 800. What should I do now? I have sharp upper abdominal pain. I had my gallbladder removed pain feels like gallstones

My absolute eosinophils is 800. What should I do now? I have sharp upper abdominal pain. I had my gallbladder removed pain feels like gallstones

Stone or ulcer: You could have passed a stone into the common bile duct which would cause similar symptoms. Ulcer disease or functional dyspepsia are possible. Not sure that eosinophil count is relevant. See your doctor or GI specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My daughter had a stomach bug. Now I have diarrhea with intense chills and sharp upper abdominal pain. No fever. Virus or something else?

My daughter had a stomach bug. Now I have diarrhea with intense chills and sharp upper abdominal pain. No fever. Virus or something else?

Probably viral: Hydration is key here, as diarrhea can rapidly dehydrate a child. Likely viral, but if cannot stop diarrhea and dehydration results, see a md. ...Read more

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Fatigue, chronic hives, sharp upper abdominal pain-spreads to back, throat pain-adam's apple area, weightgain, &caffeine causes racing heart. What is this?

Fatigue, chronic hives, sharp upper abdominal pain-spreads to back, throat pain-adam's apple area, weightgain, &caffeine causes racing heart. What is this?

Pancreas: Upper abdominal pain that's radiates to the back is usually pancreatic in origin. You need a face to face meeting with a doctor to figure this out. I would start with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have sharp left upper abdominal pain for 2 days. Should I go to the ER or wait till tomorrow to schedule an appointment.

I have sharp left upper abdominal pain for 2 days. Should I go to the ER or wait till tomorrow to schedule an appointment.

Depends: If any of the following are true you should go to the ER tonight: nausea, vomiting, inability to tolerate any food, fever, chills, pain so severe that you can't sleep. Here's one test you can do at home: if you hop in place and the pain is really severe when you do that, or you are limited by pain, then go to the ER as well, that could be what is known as peritonitis and may require surgery. ...Read more

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Sudden, sharp middle upper abdominal pain. Came out of nowhere as I was trying to sleep. Lasted few minutes, still aches & I feel weird. Causes?

Sudden, sharp middle upper abdominal pain.  Came out of nowhere as I was trying to sleep. Lasted few minutes, still aches & I feel weird. Causes?

Many causes: Acute onset of pain in middle upper abdomen can be caused by Peptic Ulcer Disease. Pancreatitis, Gall stones, Gastrtis,Esopagitis and ulcer. Stomach and Pancreatic Cancer. The only way you can find out is by consulting your doctor. Detailed History, Physical Exam and if indicated Endoscopy, Ultrasoung/Cat Scan etc. ...Read more

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F 29 watery diarrhea all day for 10 days now everything I eat runs thru me upper abdominal pain after eating comes and goes all day no vomit?

F 29 watery diarrhea all day for 10 days now everything I eat runs thru me upper abdominal pain after eating comes and goes all day no vomit?

Watery diarrhea: Would go to ER or urgent care you are likely dehydrated and need IV fluid. Lots. They will also collect stool for studies. You likely need antibiotics coverage for camphylobacter which is common as well as cryptosporidia, giardia, microsporidia, cyclospora(2015 Wisconsin). Less common H pylori, c difficile if on antibiotics, food intolerances. Avoid dairy f/u /w/ urgent care/ ER today ...Read more

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I've had severe upper abdominal pain, comes and goes. I'm 24 male and paranoid that the doctor will tell me its cancer. I'm hoping its gall bladder?

I've had severe upper abdominal pain, comes and goes. I'm 24 male and paranoid that the doctor will tell me its cancer. I'm hoping its gall bladder?

Consult: If you do not talk to your doctor about this you will cause yourself to suffer. Even if it is the worst, at least by knowing, you can take appropriate action to maximize your health. ...Read more

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I have upper abdominal pain on the left side there is constant discomfort, sharp pain, & nausea. It started after a car accident & has gotten worse.?

I have upper abdominal pain on the left side there is constant discomfort, sharp pain, & nausea. It started after a car accident & has gotten worse.?

See below: If you were not evaluated at a trauma center after the accident. It would be best to seek medical advice from an individual skilled in the assessment of the injured patient population. There are certain entities associated with blunt abdominal trauma that should be ruled out. ...Read more

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What causes excessive gas and upper abdominal pain on both sides. Also, sharp pain on left side few times when bending?

What causes excessive gas and upper abdominal pain on both sides. Also, sharp pain on left side few times when bending?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with his doctor. In that meeting, his doctor will listen to him, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell him what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause upper abdominal pain? I'm constipated and have dull-sharp pains up near my ribs around the stomach, I also haven't eaten well

Be seen: You might want to get a check up just to be evaluated for your abdominal pain, poor appetite. And constipation. But to answer your question, constipation could potentially cause abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Causes of sharp left quad upper abdominal pain. Radiates to the back, but passes. Location is about a handwidth above the belly button and to the left?

Causes of sharp left quad upper abdominal pain. Radiates to the back, but passes. Location is about a handwidth above the belly button and to the left?

Stomach: The most likely source in the left upper abdomen is your stomach especially with the transient nature of the pain. Your colon is a possibility as well. If you are consistently having these symptoms talk to your physician about testing and treatments. Over the counter heartburn medications like omeprazole may be a good place to start with a trial of therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Upper abdominal pain sharp stabbg pain under right rib cage when I sit up no appetite for 5 days extreme nausea no appendix gallbladder what can I do?

RUQ pain: It sounds from your history that your gallbladder has been removed. It could be adhesions from the previous surgery that is causing a partial bowel obstruction, it seems less likely but possible to be an inflammation of the small bowel. A CT scan of the abdomen with oral and IV contrast may help to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm having upper abdominal pain (sharp & cramping) w/ black stools & nausea (past 2 days). What could this be?

I'm having upper abdominal pain (sharp & cramping) w/ black stools & nausea (past 2 days). What could this be?

Bleeding: This could be an ulcer in your stomach or duodenum which is bleeding. You should see your doctor and check your blood hemoglobin as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Have upper abdominal pain that comes on gradually a few days ago. The pain is a dull achy pain. And today woke up with blood in my urine.

Have upper abdominal pain that comes on gradually a few days ago.  The pain is a dull achy pain. And today woke up with blood in my urine.

Abdominal Pain: There are a lot of causes of abdominal pain. Right upper abdominal pain may be due to gallbladder stones, mid upper abdominal pain may bue due gastritis/pancreatitis. Blood in the urine likewise has many etilogies such as kidney/bladder infection, prostate infection, kidney/bladder cancer. Get yourself checked. ...Read more

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I am experiencing upper abdominal pain (side: right) when I apply some pressure. The pain comes and go and has lasted for 2 days. What can this be?

I am experiencing upper abdominal pain (side: right) when I apply some pressure. The pain comes and go and has lasted for 2 days. What can this be?

Many causes: Pain in the right upper quadrant (RUQ) can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. Liver disease is usually only painful if it stretches the capsule of the liver e.g. hepatitis. Gallstones. Bowel lesions eg constipation, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome. Other causes: pneumonia, kidney, skin or musculoskeletal conditions. Consult your local practitioner for assessment and advice ...Read more

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So I've been feeling upper abdominal pain for the past month it comes out at random times but usually before I go to bed or right when I wake up. It finally started feeling a little better recently but than I went out to the bar and had a decent amount

Abdominal pain: This could be related to your gallbladder, gerd, irritable bowel or other GI issues.
You should start with an appointment at your pcp and then have and us and or see a GI physician or surgeon. ...Read more

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