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    Constant Left Side Pain - Please Help!
    brooke4131 posted:
    Hi all,

    I'd greatly appreciate any feedback on this issue. I'm a 25 year old female who for the past two weeks has had consistent upper left abdominal pain. Sometimes it will move to my right side or into my chest. The pain is usually located under a rib and feels like burning or a sharp stabbing pain. I've thought it was heartburn as I seem to occassionaly have an acidic taste in the back of my throat and the chest tightness.. I've been taking Tums but they don't seem to help. I can't get in to see a doctor for another two weeks. Any idea what this could be? I'm terrified this could be cancer as my mom had cancer of unknown this possible? What can I do to alleviate the pain until I get to a doctor?
    alvarado10 responded:
    Chances of cancer at your age is very low. I have the same symptoms except my pain is in the upper middle. Try OTC hearthburn medicine, if that doesnt work your doc will give you an PPI.

    Try not to worry so much. If you worry about cancer get screened regularly, the sooner its detected, the higher the chance you can beat it.
    brooke4131 replied to alvarado10's response:
    Thanks so much for your response alvarado10. I'll give OTC heartburn a try. I know cancer odds are low, I'm just paranoid about that since my mom had it.

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