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Allergic Rash & Abdominal Pain
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Allergic Rash & Abdominal Pain

My immediate problem is a sharp pain on the left side of the abdomen, just below the rib cage.
I am bloated & experiencing flatulence as well as burping.  The pain is such that I cannot sleep.
I find some relief when I rest with my abdomen facing down, fetal position on bent knees.
The symptoms started over 24 hours ago & the pain is worsening.
I have been on prednisone for a week & my last dose was 5 days ago.  I was being treated for allergic skin rash, hives, urticaria on my face.  After the my last dose , another type of rash where my eyes swelled & a red rash around the eyes appeared.
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I am not sure if the prednisone is related.  I am not aware of GI side-effects of prednisone being as you described.

On the left side, you worry about the spleen, pancreas, as well as upper GI disorders (i.e. an ulcer or inflammation).  Bloating and gas can be related to irritable bowel as well as gallbladder disease.  

I would consider imaging the abdomen with a CT scan or ultrasound.  An upper endoscopy or UGI series can be done to exclude an ulcer or inflammation.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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