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Pain on the left side under the ribs. Come and go, pain.

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Hello, pain on the left side under the ribs. Come and go, pain. Could it be stomach? If yes, can I check this by having an ultrasound?
Hi. Dr Hayat here.  Welcome to JA.  May I please know your age and gender?
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
37 female
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Also, I have a problem with reflux
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
I can't sleep on this side

Yes this can be from the stomach.  Ultrasound can see the stomach but whether would be helpful, seems unlikely

What meds are you on

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
I don't take any medications, but when I was on steroids, this problem seemed to disappear a little bit
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Steroids were for Dermatomyositis

Any weight loss? Change in bowels?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
No but I think I might have IBS
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
What is the proper test for the stomach?
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Will the blood test shows something?

OK. Please start esomeprazole Once a day for 2 weeks. Stomach is seen by an endoscopy. Blood tests don't show anything. I don't think an endoscopy is required at the moment

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Ok, also, my stomach looks like 9 months pregnant
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
There is a serious bloating

It should get better with this treatment

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
It's definitely worse after drinking coffee and unhealthy meals
Customer: replied 4 days ago.

Anything else I can help with?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
No, thanks

Best wishes. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries or need to follow up. I will be happy to help and guide. Have a nice day.

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Customer: replied 4 days ago.

Take care

Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Hello, at night I could not sleep. My heart was pounding like crazy. I felt pain on my left side, the same side I could not lie down and sleep on. When I took a breath, it was painful on this side only. Is it heart or lungs or stomach or something else? In addition to that, bloating. Also, while I was on Prednisolone (Dermatomyositis), this medication was very helpful, but since I stopped taking it as per the dermatologist, this pain is coming back.
Customer: replied 2 days ago.
Also, my left leg is numb sometimes, or I feel cramps.
Customer: replied 2 days ago.
I would be grateful for your response, in your free time.
Can start the prednisone after discussion with your dermatologist.  

Add in diclofenac 50mg twice a day for the pain in addition to esomeprazole .

Get an endoscopy appointment

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Thank you for your help
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
One more question, if I lie on this left side, it feels like I was squashing something and then, very quickly, my heart starts pounding.

OK. Please see a Dr in person too to listen to your heart and get an echo of your heart too

Customer: replied 2 day ago.