ZocdocAnswersWhy do I feel stomach discomfort?

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Why do I feel stomach discomfort?

pain when eat or randomly doing nothing, and while drinking alcohol hard to stomach it have to spit it back out.. and i gave up meat about 11 months ago and the pain has being happening about 6 months , could that have something to do with it .. ?

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You have abdominal discomfort that seems to be triggered by food and alcohol. It also occurs randomly. The possible causes could be gastritis or peptic ulcer disease. You should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to have your symptoms evaluated. Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach. It can be caused by an infection called Heliobacter Pylori. It can be treated with a series of antibiotics. Another cause of gastritis is medications such as ibuprofen. It can weakened the stomach lining and cause discomfort as the acid erodes into the weakened stomach lining. Alcohol can also cause gastritis. If gastritis is left untreated, it can lead to peptic ulcer disease where there is actually erosion of the stomach lining that can perforate. Both conditions can also be associated with acid reflux where you have feeling a burning chest discomfort especially after meals. Again, you should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to have your symptoms evaluated. In the meantime, you should avoid ibuprofen and alcohol. You can also try over the counter TUMS to see if that alleviates your stomach discomfort. After meals, you should not lay flat for a while. If you have signs of fever or bleeding or severe abdominal pain, you should go to the emergency room.

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