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Digestive Disorders

Sharp Upper Left Abdominal Pain

01/15/2009

Question:

I am only 18 years old but for the last few weeks about once every few days I have been experiencing a sharp pain in the upper left half of my stomach. I thought it may have something to do with my caffine intake (energy drinks, coffee) but I`m not sure. The pain is not extremely severe, but more just highly uncomfortable. I might also add that the pain is a throbbing like pain and its uncomfortable to push on my stomach in that area. I am trying to determine whether I need to see a doctor or not. Please help. Thank you.

Answer:

I would definitely see a doctor. You may have an ulcer, gallbladder problem or many other things which a few tests, examination will help to decipher.

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Response by:

Annette  Kyprianou, MD Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University