Posted by: #concerned | 2020/05/20


Pain above right breast - 58yr old

Hello Doc. Sometime ago, I developed a discolouration on my upper back (right side) which would sometimes itch and at other times experience a burning sensation. My doctor prescribed ointment but said it doesn't seem serious. I sometimes also experience this pain above my right breast (towards the armpit). I haven't pick up anything heavy and I don't feel any lumps. My gallbladder was removed about 2yrs ago, as 2yrs prior to that I experienced extreme burning sensations in my back, arms and stomach. After numerous blood test (all negative) and ultrasounds (1 gallstone found in gallbladder), the Gastrologist suggested the operation as I was diagnosed as diabetic to prevent further "problems" down the line. However, 1wk after the operation, the burning sensations were back. I eventually managed to get an appointment with Prof Chris Van Rensburg that discovered I had H Pylori infection. Hope to hear from you soon, thanks.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2020/05/28

Dear Concerned

It would appear that you are under excellent medical care. The mere fact that you were found to be in good health (apart from being diagnosed as having H Pylori Infection), the best would be to take a few days break and look if the symptoms will not disappear. If it does not disappear, it would be appropriate to go back to your treating physician.
As far as the H Pylori Infection is concerned, it is suggested that you follow the treatment prescribed because, if left untreated, H Pylori Infection can cause inflammation of the lining of the stomach which may progress into peptic ulcer disease or cancer of the stomach later in life. (MCH).

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