What is the spleen and what causes an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)?
The spleen sits under your rib cage in the upper left part of your abdomen toward your back. It is an organ that is part of the lymph system and works as a drainage network that defends your body against infection.
White blood cells produced in the spleen engulf bacteria, dead tissue, and foreign matter, removing them from the blood as blood passes through it. The spleen also maintains healthy red and white blood cells and platelets;...
You have new belly pain or
belly pain that does not go away.
If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer
and medical treatment is not helping, call your doctor. Waiting until your
symptoms get worse can be serious.
If you do not know if you have
a peptic ulcer and you do not have any of the emergency symptoms listed above,
you may try taking an antacid or nonprescription acid reducer and other home
treatment, such as making changes to your diet.
If your symptoms don't get better after 10 to
14 days, call your doctor.
If your symptoms go away after taking
antacids or acid reducers and trying home treatment but then symptoms come
back, call your doctor.