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I have had an achy, dull pain in my upper left abdomen, just below my rib cage for three days. It is tender to the touch, but does not seem to be getting any worse. It seems to get slightly worse after I eat. I also sometimes have pain on the right side, and crampy pains in the lower abdomen. I have tried taking pepto, thinking that maybe some gas was trapped or somthing, but it does not seem to have helped. I also tried taking prevacid in case it was some kind of weird heartburn (though it doesn’t feel like it)… that didn’t help either. I am a 24 year old female. I have also been experiencing frequent urination, loose stool (not diarrhea, just loose) There is no odd coloration or blood in either urine or stool. Side note: I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety 6 days ago (ten weeks postpartum after first child) and I have read that anxiety can cause abdominal pain. Is it possible that this is the cause, and if not, what on earth could it be?

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  • Dr. Chris November 14, 2010

    Abdominal pain is a non-specific symptom that is often associated with conditions like anxiety. However, given the constant lcation and modalities (aggravated after eating) of the pain, it is likely that this could be related the gastritis (stomach inflammation) or even peptic ulcers. These conditions are aggravated by stress, depression or anxiety. In addition, it is possible that you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) given the loose stool etc. However, IBS should only be diagnosed when other conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, nutrient malabsorption and so on have been excluded as pssible causes. You should see a gastroenterologist ad not just put this down to be a symptom of anxiety.

    You may want to read this article on left side abdominal pain


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