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I have a pain in my stomach that when I press around my belly

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I have a pain in my stomach that when I press around my belly button gets worse. I also have problems with bloating in the upper abdomen, just below my sternum. I feel nauseous almost constantly which is causing a lot of stress and worry. I try to exercise but when I do I get a strange sensation in my chest/throat that feels like air bubbles popping but no burping. This doesn't cause any pain but makes me feel very lethargic and unmotivated.

I have been to my gp who as a result of acid reflux a few months back has put me on firstly 20mg and then upped to 40mg omeprazole. I believe this is standard treatment for GERD but I haven't experienced any heartburn symptoms since the initial reflux. I have been taking omeprazole for two months but the problem of bloating in the upper and pain in the lower abdomen remains. I wondered if you had any ideas based on your experience?

Many thanks

Ben
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry you are having these symptoms of bloating and nausea.

Dr. David :

is the hypnotherapy for anxiety helping?

Dr. David :

if you have excessive anxiety symptoms, you might need to be treated for anxiety disorder to help decrease anxiety symptoms

Dr. David :

excessive anxiety can often cause worse stomach acid, nervous stomach, nausea, chest pain, panic attacks,

Dr. David :

have you been treated with medications to help decrease anxiety?

Dr. David :

like xanax or ativan or alprazolam or lorazepam?

Dr. David :

hello?

Customer: Yes it is the hypnotherapy is helping me to stop panicking and react differently
Customer: However I have not been prescribed any specific anti anxiety medication
Dr. David :

I see.

Customer: i don't feel anxious or nervous - only triggered by the pain and discomfort
Dr. David :

you could have excessive stomach gas causing the nausea and air bubble sensation.

Dr. David :

you might want to try over the counter GasX medication

Dr. David :

which is also called simethicone which could help get red of some of your gas

Customer: I have tried deflatine (rennie) is that similar?
Dr. David :

also avoid foods which produce excessive gas like sodas and carbonation and alcohol and beans can do this.

Customer: Ah ok - I am a fan of red wine but usually steer clear of gassy liquids
Dr. David :

Rennie deflatine tablets contain three active ingredients, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and simethicone.

Customer: the rennni
Dr. David :

you can also talk to your doctor about getting blood or stomach testing to check for H Pylori stomach infection.

Customer: Sorry hadn't mentioned initially that a test for h. Pylori was negative last month
Dr. David :

that is good.

Customer: how long does it take for simethicone to start working?
Dr. David :

then it sounds like you have covered all of your basis.

Dr. David :

make sure you don't eat 30 minutes before and after you take the omeprazole.

Dr. David :

simethicone starts working right away.

Dr. David :

you might want to find a simethicone medication by itself

Dr. David :

and not mixed with other antacids.

Customer: Ok thanks. Do you know of any OTC simethicone only brands?
Dr. David :

try GasX.

Dr. David :

that is simethicone only.

Dr. David :

see if that helps

Dr. David :

and watch your diet.

Dr. David :

and I bet your symptoms will get better.

Dr. David :

best of luck to you

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Customer: Ok I think you mentioned that. I try and watch my diet to see if certain foods make it worse. I haven't found any real correlation yet!
Customer: manythanks for the advice and a good rating you will get
Customer: thank
Dr. David :

keeping a food diary is a good idea.

Customer: ben
Dr. David :

you are welcome

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