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Sorry to hear about your symptoms Christine.
Is the pain located in right upper stomach?
Do you have any nausea, vomiting?
have you tried eating food yet?
It is in the middle, like the solar plexus area, I had eaten before the drink, I have no nausea or vomiting
then this is likely due to the stomach inflammation.
Alcohol can cause stomach lining inflammation or gastritis.
Also Ulcer disease is another possibility.
what would cause that? it was fine befor the tot of spirits
The ulcer can get activated by alcohol even if it is just one drink.
alcohol has direct toxic effect on the mucosa of the stomach.
Also if you had an infection called H pylori beforehand, alcohol can unmask this.
H pylori infection is associated with ulcer disease.
Also do you take ibuprofen?
ibuprofen also increases the risk of stomach inflammation and ulcer.
This can be treated with Omeprazole 20 mg twice daily.
Omeprazole is over the counter.
However, a clinical evaluation by your doctor is required.
so alcohol penetrates the mucosa and causes pain? I don't Ibuprophin as I found the caused pain too
H pylori testing should be considered.
upper GI endoscopy may be required in case, omeprazole does not help.
But, first a trial of omeprazole should be given for 2 weeks.
Bland diet --low fat food will be helpful
Avoid hot and spicy food also.
Caffeine is no good either during flare ups.
I have just been through a colonoscopy, the most painful thing ever, I've had five babies and the colonocopy had me screaming. I do have Diverticulitis, is H pylori associated with that?
H pylori is associated with stomach ulcer ( upper part).
colonoscopy checks the lower part of intestine.
upper Gi endoscopy checks stomach and upper intestine.
this is not necessary right now.
Medication can be use to treat it.
H pylori can be checked by stool test
or breath test
I had an endoscopy 3 years ago and was told I had gastritis, doesn't that heal eventually? I take Omeprazole for it.
Yes it does heal over time but can flare up with alcohol and also diet.
Omeprazole dose should be increased during flare ups.
And H pylori infection can delay the healing process.
What is H pylori?
It's ok I couls google it.
H pylori is a bacteria which can come through food, water from infected person.
This can infect the stomach causing inflammation, ulcer usually.
Sometimes, it can cause gastric lymphoma in untreated cases.
It is easily treatable with antibiotics along with omeprazole.
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