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I'm getting excruciating pain just below my breasts in the

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Hi there, I'm getting excruciating pain just below my breasts in the middle. Its been happening to 8 years now, and everytime I've tried to get it sorted out, I always get told that they have no clue. I have a contraceptive Implant which I've had for 8 years now. And I experience this pain, about once a month. Mainly when my periods hit. But sometimes they are irregular and I can be on my period for nearly 2 weeks.. The pain is so bad, that I have to lie in the foetus position, clutching at my tummy or pressing something against it to release the pressure. It stops me from being able to go about my days. It started 13:30pm yesterday and is still the exact same pain currently. And I threw up at 5:44
JA: Are you in any pain? How regular are your periods?
Customer: So much pain. And normally once a month, but sometimes it can be irregular and I can be on for nearly 2 weeks
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
It feels like someone is reaching inside, and tugging at that area and squeezing. It's incredibly painful and I can't bare it anymore
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

What is your age?

What are the investigations done?

Do you have increased urinary frequency, urinary burning, heartburn, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, bloating, gas, burping, tenderness on the abdomen?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
27 years old, I've had blood tests taken and a poop sample and all results came back with nothing abnormal.
I get diarrhea and constipation, nausea, vomiting, lost of appetite, bloating, gas, burping and tenderness
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

Your symptoms are likely due to;

1) Gallbladder stone.

2) Peptic ulcer

3) Hiatal hernia/Acid reflux.

You need a CT scan for the evaluation and an Upper GI endoscopy for the ascertainment of the cause. Helicobacter pylori testing also may give a clue to the diagnosis.

The following meanwhile would help you;

1) antacids; Maalox/Tums

2) acid blocker; Lansoprazole

3) liquid diet till the pain goes away

4) probiotics.

5) Tylenol.

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Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Are these available to purchase over the counter?
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
could it be to do with my periods? As it only seems to happen when it's that time
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

All of these are without the prescription.

This is not likely to be related to the periods.

The medical issues which we discussed maybe aggravated around periods but it may not be the primary culprit.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
How do I pursue this with my local gp? Demand for a ct scan? As something clearly isn't right? I always seem to get fobbed off by them, and them not knowing what's wrong
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 days ago.

Yes, any recurrent pain demands answer and diagnosis. You need to demand a CT scan from your doctor for the diagnosis and treatment.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 days ago.

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