Gastroenterology/Upper Right Sided Pain


I have been taking a diabetes medication that caused me to have acid reflux.  The burning in my chest and the feeling of fullness in my throat that occurs when I bend down has been around for a few years.  I finally stopped the medication and in place I'm taking it transdermally to avoid the digestive issues.  As of recently I have been experiencing right side upper pain under my rib area which feels like pressure rather than a pain.  It started in one spot - a heaviness, but sometimes it goes across to the middle of my belly.  The med I was taking also causes bloating and gas conditions.  And I burp a lot.

Do you think that my having stopped this medication will bring relief?  I have been off it for a week but still have the issues.

I have been taking Zantac, Tums, Alka Seltzer too and just bought probiotic pearls.  

Can you advise me if you think now these pains will subside or do I have to do anything more for relief.

My endo did blood tests to check my glucose and along with that number my liver and pancreas was tested and the numbers were in normal range.

I can't take this pain.  Some days it really is difficult.

I thank you for your very kind response.  I forgot to mention my gall bladder was removed a few years back.

Dear Eileen

I can presume that you suffer from the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction in the person without gallbladder. Please, go to internet; use the keywords such as my name “Peter Melamed PhD," gallbladder removal," “pain,” “sphincter of Oddi dysfunction,” heartburn” and you will find a lot of information about what occurs when gallbladder is gone and why you experience pain and indigestion.

I can feel that your symptoms badly influence on the quality of life, but I am in not easy situation.
It will be unprofessional to give you medical advice without knowing your medical date.
It will be unprofessional to recommend you stopping medications. By the way, you may go to and find all your medications’ side effects.

As a first aid, you can try strong chamomile tea.

The best way to help you is: fill up the Biotherapy’s Patient Questionnaire and send it to me by email or fax.

After that, call to my office for phone consultation. I help many with your situation.


Peter Melamed. Ph.D.
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I can answer all questions about digestive health, especially in focus on the non-drug, non-surgery treatment. It includes healing diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, healing mineral water, abdominal massage, and cleansing techniques. All these practices are widely used by gastroenterologists all over the world.


This is my everyday job at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. I have decades of the experience of working as an MD in ICU, outpatient department and privet practice. I have helped many of my patients with the chronic digestive disorders by using the non-drug, non-knife approach for the 20 years.

I published many articles on internet about gastrointestinal disorders. 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10

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