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Gas bubble will not go away.
Nov 23, 2011

I've had what I think (or hope) is a gas bubble in my stomach. When I gently push on my stomach it feels like I'm being punched. I hurts when I bend over, twist, or try to turn in bed. I haven't slept much for two nights because the pain keeps me awake. I'm on Truvada, Prezista, and Norvir. Is this issue normal? Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

Your HIV regimen can cause upper stomach upset/gas (some medications can help symptoms if that turns out to be the case for you) but many other conditions can also contribute--your symptoms are not normal so warrant an evaluation for possible gastric reflux, H pylori disease, ulcer disease, gall bladder dysfunction, or for other possibilities. KH

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