Never had upper abdominal pain, now for the last three nights horrible pain!

by Tiffany
(Lakeport, CA)

On Wednesday I took my last penicillin pill (10 day prescription) for strep throat.

I felt fine and that Friday morning I woke up a little tired and that night I experience the worst upper abdominal EVER! I rarely/never have indigestion. I took 2 pepto pills and had to do light exercise until I fell asleep doubled over in pain. I wake up at 12am in pain! I repeat pills and exercise and go to sleep. I didn't go to ER because I wasn't vomiting and no diarrhea.

Saturday morning nothing! No pain! I watch what I eat feel fine have a little fried food and more for a late lunch and wamo 6pm, pain again... This pain is less than night before but still very painful...

Sunday morning I wake up no pain!
I watched everything I ate oatmeal, plain turkey sandwich and chicken soup and 6pm again I have pain! A little less but still at a solid 6 of uncomfortable pain with spikes of 8-10.

So far: pepto, alkaseltzer, Prilosec, baking soda, milk. Nothing works...
The pain feels like a giant air bubble trapped and putting pressure right under my xiphoid process.
No nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Just 6pm crippling indigestion that disappears by morning and is back at 6pm no matter what I eat! 3 days in a row!

I have had H pylori before and I have no acid reflux. I feel fine after I eat.

I am totally confused... and this is utterly painful at night. I have no idea how people live with this kind of pain!!
I'm going to the Doctor today! Please let me know if you have any knowledge about this!

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Jan 28, 2014
Horrible Upper Abdominal Pain At Night
by: Dr O Edema -

Dear Tiffany,

I am sorry to learn about your experience with that horrible upper abdominal pain you've had over the last three nights.

It certainly does sound like a pain arising from an irritation of the wall of your stomach; a condition we call gastritis.

This might have been precipitated by the stress from the sorethroat / throat infection you had previously.

I am glad to know that you have gone in to see your doctor today. He or she may want to do a blood test to exclude pancreatitis, though the pain of pancreatitis is usually continuous. An endoscopy to take a look at the inside of the wall of your gullet (oesophagus) and stomach might be required too.

You said you are already on Prilosec. The dose might have to be reviewed, or another or similar group medication might be prescribed, with some pain killers.

I really hope you get better soon and please update us, if you can, on how things went.

Kindest Regards.

Dr O Edema

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