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Upper Belly Pain (Overview)

I assume you are referring to the epigastric region, the area between your breast bone and navel. There are many causes to pain in this area, and not all from organs in your "belly". It includes: lower lobe lung problems (pneumonia, tumors), heart disease, diaphragm irritation, and abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, stomach, gallbladder, duodenum, pancreas, and kidneys.


Upper Belly Pain (Overview)

I assume you are referring to the epigastric region, the area between your breast bone and navel. There are many causes to pain in this area, and not all from organs in your "belly". It includes: lower lobe lung problems (pneumonia, tumors), heart disease, diaphragm irritation, and abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, stomach, gallbladder, duodenum, pancreas, and kidneys.


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Could it be something bad if I have upper belly pain for a few days?

Could it be something bad if I have upper belly pain for a few days?

It sure could: This question depends heavily on your personal and medical history. It could be something simple like a "stomach flu" or it could be something serious like an ulcer or even cancer. You need to see your doc for this. ...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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What is the definition or description of: upper belly pain?

Epigastric pain: I assume you are referring to the epigastric region, the area between your breast bone and navel. There are many causes to pain in this area, and not all from organs in your "belly". It includes: lower lobe lung problems (pneumonia, tumors), heart disease, diaphragm irritation, and abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, stomach, gallbladder, duodenum, pancreas, and kidneys. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have upper belly pain for a few days?

It sure could: This question depends heavily on your personal and medical history. It could be something simple like a "stomach flu" or it could be something serious like an ulcer or even cancer. You need to see your doc for this. ...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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Im 15 weeks and im having really bad upper belly pain and also bleeding alot. Am I going to deliver preterm?

Not necessarily, but: You may not deliver early, but that's not the most important immediate issue, which is why your are experiencing these symptoms. See TUR gynecologist or primary physician asap. Also see my prior answers related to abdominal pain and bleeding. ...Read more

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Why am i having upper belly pain after eating sugar?

Why am i having upper belly pain after eating sugar?

Not enough data: Upper abdominal pain may come from the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, and other organs. Sometimes sugar could exacerbate gastritis or ulcers. Your description is not enough to draw conclusions. Any persistent abdominal pain of moderate to severe intensity should be evaluated in person by a physician. Concerning symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, weight loss. ...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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Belly Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more