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Pain Lower left side of the back - recurring pain which also

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Pain Lower left side of the back - recurring pain which also comes round to the front left side
Dear customer, Have you consulted your doctor regarding this symptom? What investigations were done? Which medication provides relief for you when you get the back pain? Since when do you have this pain? What is the intensity of the pain? Do you suffer from any medical condition or take any daily medications? What is your weight and height? Thanks.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Am awaiting doctors appointment.

I have suffered from 2nd stage lumbar degeneration, which has been good lately but started again one week ago - pain in lower back but not usually coming round to the front as well

I am taking diclofenic which is not helping with this pain

I also suffer from IBS

I am 5ft 10 inches and weigh 80 kgs

I suffer from no other medical condition and take no medication

It may be trapped wind?

Dear customer, Thanks for your reply. There are many conditions which may cause pain in this region including irritable bowel syndrome. In irritable bowel syndrome, there is lower abdominal cramping or pain which is usually aggravated by ingestion of coarse or raw foods and may be alleviated by defecation or passage of flatus. These gas pains may be sharp, jabbing pains or cramps in your abdomen and may occur anywhere in the abdomen and can change locations quickly and get better quickly. However for diagnosing these gas pains other conditions needs to be ruled out such as renal stones or musculoskeletal conditions. Hence you are doing the right thing by seeing your doctor. You also need to avoid foods and beverages that contain excess air such as carbonated drinks, and milk shakes.Avoid overeating, or eating too rapidly, or eating while under emotional stress.Drinking large amounts of liquids with meals or soon after eating meals must also be avoided. You can have liquids after 10 or 15 minutes. Drinking may introduce air into the stomach especially when liquids are taken with a straw.Exercise is also helpful since physical activity may help to move the gas through the digestive tract. Also gas pain will not occur for a long duration and if you are getting prolonged abdominal pain which is severe then you need to go to the emergency. Also if you are having any new symptoms such as bloody stools, or vomiting, or chest pain then again you need to see your doctor as soon as possible since this pain is not likely due to gas. Take care.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** hear my stomach rumbling sometimes, and I am belching quite often. I guess I will hang on until I see the doctor hopefully tomorrow. The pain comes and goes and is rather like indigestion but in a different place.

I will try to take some exercise later

Dear customer, If you also have belching or are burping this may be due to increased gastric acidity. Basically burping is how your body expels excess air from your stomach. This is a normal reflex caused by swallowing air. Excess air may be swallowed if you eat or drink too fast, talk while you eat, chewing gum or sucking on hard candies, by drinking carbonated beverages, or by smoking.Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will have the same effect. If the stomach acid rises up into your esophagus, this will lead you to swallow repeatedly to clear the material, thereby leading to swallowing more air and further burping. Regarding medication I would suggest either zantac (ranitidine) or prilosec (omeprazole) which will decrease acid production from the stomach. You may take them for a few days and see whether they are beneficial. However despite taking this medication for a week, if your symptoms still continue then please contact your doctor. Take care. Please rate the answer with a positive rating. Thanks.
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