Pain under right rib- Ulcers....Gerd....Gallbladder.....??? HELP!!!

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freednerd
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   Posted 4/17/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having pain under my right rib for around a year now.....it goes away for a few days...sometimes a few weeks even... and then comes right back. I constantly feel nauseas- this is alot worse after eating things like pizza, etc. I feel constipated alot, even though my BMs are pretty frequent...but seem to be abnormally huge (sorry, not trying to gross anyone out!).....I do have some belching,etc....but nothing major...

I have had CTs done, as well as a HIDA Scan, and my gallbladder is functioning fine and looks ok.....about a year ago, I had a doctor say it sounded like ulcers and put me on prevacid...but that never seemed to help. Well, a new doctor thinks I have GERD (after doing the gallbladder tests) and told me to go back on Prevacid for a month at least....anyone have any suggestions? I thought GERD was more of a esophagus problem...this pain is driving me crazy....it is sharp and always in the same spots...my ribs are painful to the touch as well from time to time...

If anyone has any other thoughts I would really appreciate it.....

Thanks!

friendlygal
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   Posted 6/19/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have pain in my ribs sometimes.  My friend said that her nurse said it might be a lack of magnesium??  I think if you had an ulcer than the stools would be black...

Gremma
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   Posted 6/26/2007 2:26 AM (GMT -7)   
scool  Gross or not, it is what it is, I had the same thing. A sharp pain on the right side where my ribs are, it turned out to gas! Boy was I embarrased. At the time I was not eating very well. I had very little fruits and vegetables, and no brown rice or beans. I was working a great of the time and pretty much had fast food diet with the ocassional hot dog and beer.
    A diet of salads with evening meals, working beans and brown rice into my diet, and having at least to fruits a day. All those tests, all that time, then it was just gas with no place to go.
    Try it out, hope it works for you too! Gremma eyes

GerdLady
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   Posted 7/4/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   

I also have pain in my right rib area.  It came on about two weeks ago the day after I had a very cheesie fetucci dinner.  It was so severe that I went to the local ER.  But previous to that I had already been suffering from  GERD(moderate to severe pain in the lower and upper stomach, breast bone area and heart area)  So when I went to the ER I hurt everywhere and the doctors thought that I had gallbladder disease along with my previously diagnosed GERD---but all the tests for gallbladder disease  (CT, ultra sound and HIDA/CCK scan) were all negative so surgery to remove my gallbladder was not necessary.

But for the last two weeks I have been quite miserable, having to cancel work related appointments and feeling very lightheaded because I feel like I can't eat a regular meal.  The pain in the right side comes and goes and makes me want to go to bed in pain and the GERD symptoms are also coming and going.  I'm doing everything I'm supposed to.  Careful with what I am eating, not eating within three ours of bedtime and taking my medications.  Today I doubled up on the PPI Protonix like my doctor told me and  I hope it helps.  Meanwhile he told me that I will under go some more sophisticated tests to check muscular movement in the esophagus and stomach and what is called a "gastric emptying test"  I already had an endoscopy and everything was negative except for a "moderate hiatal hernia" which I understand could be the cause of the GERD symptoms kue to a weak sphincter muscle at the connection between the esophagus and the stomach.

This is all a bit daunting but I am resolved to overcome it  and return to a normal life.   Thank goodness for the internet.  It's really helped to educate me and to ask intelligent questions of my doctors. 

If anyone has thought or experiences with this, please let me know.

 

 

 


Gremma
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   Posted 7/5/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
scool  I have known so many people who have had digestion problems, ulcers, hiatal hernias, GERD, gastritus, and stomach cancer. My Father had them all, and cancer, of course, won. My husband has GERD/gastritus, we try to keep his symptoms at a minimum. I don't want his to go any farther than it is. My family did not eat well growing up, probably why my Father had so many problems, he was also a very angry person. I think anger plays a big role in the digestion. We did not eat poorly on purpose, we ate the way those before did, and since my parents both lived through the depression, when things were available they had never enjoyed, they indulged. My Father loved french fries and ice cream, just a meat and potatoes kind of guy. No vegetables, no fresh fruits, and he loved Kentucky Fried Chicken when it came out. The vegetables we had came in a can, heated to process, losing all the vitamins and minerals. I suffered from constipation constantly, being stopped up is probably why I had gas pains in my side, the gas had no where to go.
 
yeah  had to learn how to eat to for my body, not my pleasure center. After watching my Father die in such a hideous way, other family members having so many heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol problems I decided there had to be a better way. Sure you gotta treat yourself, life's for enjoying, but on the days it's just work as usual, I can make better choices. After a while it wasn't hard at all. I grew to love seasonal fruit, fruit juices, and pies! I worked in other good stuff like brown rice, Chinese food is great over brown rice. Beans have as much protein as meat and half the fat, I learned to cook chili, burritos (vegetarian, without the lard), and easy casseroles, they were filling, and cleaned up my intestines to a shine! Exercise also helps my digestion.
 
tongue  I am not a health nut at all! I love desserts, cakes, pies, cookies, and ice cream, and sometimes I really overdue, but I have the cushion of all the good eating most of time so I can get a way with it.
 
 

Gremma
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   Posted 7/13/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I know three people who have had reflux and gallbladder problems, and they had their gall bladder removed. They are still having the same problems months and years later. I didn't do any good at all to have the gallbladder removed. Diet, exercise, and plenty of water is the best way to accomplish your goal of do, or at least less, stomach pain and problems. Believe it or not, one went to a reputable accupuncturist and has found a great deal of reflief. I was very surprised, but I never argue was success. He also got some herbal supplements to take along with the accupuncture. Just puttin' it out there, you never know!

dovic
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   Posted 7/16/2007 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Four months ago I notice that I would get more and more bloated after smaller and smaller meals. I felt bloating, pressure and fullness right under my ribcage.
Then it got worse and I started to feel actual GERD symptoms, like burning, prickling, fullness in my throat after a meal, worse when lying down.
Then, it got so I could barely eat anything without more bloating and burning. It would take about 4 hours to feel normal again.
Then I get the bloating so bad that it would go on for hours, often waking me up. I would lay on the floor and shake and spasm, convinced I would die any moment.

I still can't eat: I have been living on Ensure and crackers for about two weeks, and have lost 7 pounds. If I eat 4 spoonfuls of vegetable soup or the like, I get hard bloating....like my intestines have stopped working just like they are paralyzed...
One day I was not able to bear the pain, I was taken immediately to the hospital and I was put on carafate which dissolve inside the stomach to form a protective coating on the inner lining. This barrier prevents the stomach lining from being attacked by digestive juices and allows the natural healing process to occur. Carafate did cure my GERD and also the bloating.

Rainmon
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   Posted 10/7/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had pain in my lower right abdomen off and on for the last 6 months.
I had 2 ultrasounds from 2 different hospitals and they found nothing. Recently the pain
moves to the lower right rib area and sometimes to my back. The doctors want to do more tests, but I think I have an ulcer. I have been living in Thailand for the last 2 years, supporting myself with my stock market investments (this causes me stress) and I have a Thai girlfriend that also causes me major stress at times. Plus I have a high strung personality type, quick to anger and impatient. Also, I read that a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) causes ulcers and is more present in Asia. This bacteria can only be treated with a combination of antibiotics see link. So, I will try this for treatment for 2 weeks, if this does not help, I will go to Bangkok and get a endoscope done. Never had pain like this for so long...

PROUDEST GRANNY1
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   

How far down is the pain in your right side? Has anyone thought about your appendix? This is a pain in the right side and it does get worse depending on what you eat.I know this from personal experience since my husbasnd's appendix burst on him.My prayers are with you! idea


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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
 
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PTSsouthbay
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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter was experiencing severe pain in her ribcage on her right side....The pain was sudden onset and severe...They finally found out what it was...Costochondritis....A long term Ibuprphen therapy and having her school backback lightened...It finally went away...They also thought it was her GERD...It just happened to be a different problem co-existing with the costochondritis.... idea

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   Posted 4/7/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
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gram2madison
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   Posted 9/27/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
shakehead  
Hi everyone!!
I had a pain under my right rib for approx 1 1/2 years and my doctor kept telling me we would just keep an eye on it , as it came and went.
about 2 months ago I had a really bad headache, not a migrain but bad enough to cause me to go to hospital. The nurse called me to triage and did the norm temp blood pressure etc.. She asled if I was able to walk to the sitting area alone...HUH??? I didn't get it but said yes. Then in a matter of maybe 5 minutes a nurse came with a wheel chair and asked me to get in ( now I am confused) She wheeled me into observation. and two dr.s followed. They asked me if my blood pressure had ever been that high before. I was then told my pressure was 200/118 which is high I'm told. I didnt know I had high bood pressure I was also told after an exam and bood work that my thyroid was off the charts.I was then moved to I.C.U to be watched and given meds to bring it down. Now the weird part the heart dr who was also doing an exam asked out of the blue.. do you have a sharpe pain under your right rib, I was so surprised I replied like an idiot YES how did you know??? low and behold high blood pressure untreated can cause this  pain.
So just a warning!!! have your blood pressure checked if you have this pain and can't figure it out. I am now on meds for blood pressure and thyroid and very rarely have this pain unless I am very stressed....

Bluusurf
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   Posted 10/3/2010 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I hope you are all getting better, I just wanted to suggest that you try to stop drinking milk, at least for a few days and watch to see if the pain goes away. My lactose intolerance tends to give me a pain under the right ribs that is very similar to what you describe.

Lactose intolerance will give you bloating and pain in the lower abdomen, loose stools and even diarrhea, with various degrees of pain depending on the amount of lactose you ingest. The worse for me is Ice cream, pizza, and plain milk. Organic milk gives me less of a problem I can tolerate it and sometimes it just gives me the pain in the right side under my ribs that people mention here. Yogurt is generally tolerated but at low quantities, (the bacteria digests some of the lactose in it), cheese on the other hand is not well tolerated, nothing dairy is, which is a bummer, because its hard to substitute milk on things like coffee and get the same flavor.

I don't want to minimize the need to get the pain checked out by a doctor, but if you have had this done already, and have lived with this problem for some time without an answer, it may be worth the try.

If you find that the milk is the problem, the best solution is lactase enzyme tablets, or just switch from eating cheese, milk products, etc to other alternatives. I am pain free now :) , as long as I dont have milk. :(

SamiiJayy666
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   Posted 10/30/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I get a pain very similar to this, but its a pain under both my right and left rib. It also takes place in my back. I am 13 and quite young to be thinking it's Gall Stones, but as I am over weight, it may have an effect. My mother had Gall Stones just after I was born and she said she had the same pain I have. This is caused by (we think) cake, pastry and fatty foods. We have seen a nurse about this, and we are waiting for appointments for tests.

The pain normally lasts about 15-30 minutes and taking Co-Codamol helps ease the pain. Now, sometimes I vomit with this pain, and that takes the pain away STRAIGHT AWAY!
The pain starts in the top right of my back, then to my lower left then moves into under the ribs.
Because of this, I cannot eat the things my friends eat, which makes me feel the odd one out.

Thanks
xx

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 10/30/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi SamiiJayy
Your symtoms sound the same as mine. I did end up having to have my gallbladder removed after getting acute pancreatitis when a gallstone got stuck in one of the common ducts. For a good few months after the op I had none of that burning pain and no vomiting but then I started getting attacks again. They were never as severe as in the past but painful enough to wake me up from a dead sleep. I just had a scan last week and it turns out I have another stone left over rumbling round in there. I'm seeing the surgeon in a couple of weeks to discuss removing that stone. I would recommend you seeing your doctor and asking about the possibilty of stones. They are a hereditary thing so could have occured for you at any stage. In the meatime avoid all full fat dairy products and fatty things like pastry, pork, chocolate etc and your symptoms should lessen.
All the best.

SamiiJayy666
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   Posted 11/2/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Moo'sMum,
I have just got a letter for a blood test in 2 weeks and I hope for some scans as well.

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   Posted 11/5/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I too am trying to change all my "bad" habbits, I have quit smoking 4 almost 5 months ago, quit drinking pepsi, I only drink 1 cup of coffee a day 2-3 cups of green tea a day, a water all day, I have tried to get rid of all sweets and junk food, as I was put on Nexium 40mg a day sometimes twice a day for acid reflux which has not fixed my peoblem. I have tried eating only fruit and veggies and boneless skinless chicken breast, which feels a little better, but hasn't stopped all together. I now take Gaviscon like 4 times a day, 2 teaspoons. It seems to feel a little better at times, I have an appointment to go have a scope done Dec.22/2010 and an ultrasound dec.6/2010 to see what is going on.I have been to the Er too many times thinking I am having a heart attack, they just tell me because I am on Nexium it is just acid reflux watch what you eat,I have told them "I barely eat, I am starving" the doctors just say, watch what you eat.I have been to my family doctor 3 times in the last 2 weeks, I had blood work done.
Everything looks great my colestrol good and bad are where they should be,my sugars are also good, bacteria was found in my blood which my doc didn't seem to be worried about, and my blood platletts(spelling) were a little high which he didn't seem to be too worried about. I have been tested for h pylori and haven't got my results back yet. go to see my doctor again on Monday hopefully I will have my results back by then. I don't know much about h pylori, but does it give you pains in your chest? My doctor doesn't seem to be worried about my heart as he has listened to it and said it just has to do with my acid reflux, but I am scared to eat anything because it gives me pains everywhere in my chest all day everyday. My doctor tells me 6 small meals instead of 3 big ones would be better. I don't know, any advice??

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   Posted 11/8/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently was treated for hyperthyroid and now was have bad pain in my chest that went through to my back and under my ribs, acid reflux bad! Couldn't stand the pain anymore so I went ER, they admitted me and first ruled out heart problems, then did a endoscopy and found an ulcer, before that test i asks the doctor if i could get my gallbladder tested as well because of gallbladder problems in the family and friends that had the same pain, he said yes after we do this test, ok, after finding the ulcer, and not even coming to talk to me after the test, the floor doctor comes in and says I'm released to go home without telling me anything until I asked what did he find then he told me ulcer , I don't know what kind,where it is ,nothing, and no gallbladder test, went home in the same pain I went in there with and scripts for the ulcer, now I had to wait through the weekend before i can call my doctors to find out anything, hopefully they will tell me something today! I'm so angry and in pain!

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   Posted 11/8/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Did you receive discharge instructions and teaching by the discharge nurse?  Usually on the discharge info is the dx, and the treatments/meds.
 
I am sorry you did not speak up and ask more questions of the Dr. who discharged you.  Sometimes it is wise to speak up or if you find after the Dr. has left the room to call for the nurse and explain that you would like the Dr. to return as you have questions that were not addressed.
 
Do make a list of your questions before you speak to you own physician as this is so helpful in remembering what you want to know .
 
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armymom85
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   Posted 1/8/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,

Starting monday, I had a stabbing pain in my belly button which over the course of a few hours, radiated into my lower right abdomen. Within a few days it also radiated right under my rib cage on the right side. I called my PCP and was told to go to the ED, and after another hour it didn't get better so I did. My PCP thought it was my appendix, but after a second visit and no improvement (just a CT which they said showed nothing and blood work which also showed nothing) I want to a different ED. However by this time a new symptom evolved: pain directly under my breastplate, which radiates/connects to the pain under my ribs on the right side. The new ED did another CT which showed no gall stones but they also didn't say anything about gall sludge, though they mentioned having had massive constipation. I went home and took mag citrate which started this awful diarrhea but it came out super slowly. Not much after two days. Today I developed goldenrod yellow colored diarrhea which I have had before, and it burns something horrible. And also vomiting bile. All week I've had no appetite, but now when I put anything other than water in my stomach, I get this horrible pain in my abdomen, in the gall bladder area. It is the worst pain I've ever felt, and makes my right arm and mid to lower back hurt something awful. The ED doc told me to stop obsessing about my gall bladder, even though my great grandmother, grandmother and mother have all had theirs out, and therefore it is not unusual that i would have problems too. And he said that they rarely remove gall bladders anymore, just treat it with diet and whatnot. I WANT IT OUT! I can't live like this. He told me to take prevacid daily and talk to a GI because it could be IBS/Chrons/etc. It's my gall bladder. I know it is. So now after this week from hell, all I can do is wait to get a HIDA scan and hope that it proves that my gall bladder is malfunctioning so it can be removed.

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   Posted 1/16/2011 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, found this site browsing for answers. I have had a pain right below the right rib for about a week now. It sometimes feels like a slight burning sensation, and tightness, more of an irritant than pain. It usually happens when i get a gassy bloated feeling in my stomach after i eat or drink water. At first i took a couple of gas-x and it subsided and now it hangs around more. I can get it to subside if i go for a long walk. Doing that, it will spread farther to the back then goes away (weird) but will come back when i get home and sit down. Plus i feel flatulent but can not pass it. I  have been taking a BP med since last sept. that caused heartburn, so they prescribed prilosec otc, don't know if that might cause some of it. Bowel movements have been off norm since I eat less from diet.    
 
 
 

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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all... really glad I found this because I've been concerned about the exact same symptoms for a while now and I was getting so worried. My stomach became extremely sensitive about a yr ago & so I had some tests done last winter (ultrasound + gastro-endoscopy) which basically revealed IBS. Lately the discomfort was really getting to me so I have an upcoming appt with the doctor to carry out some more tests in a few weeks time. Basically, in the last few months I've been experiencing constant gurgling under my right lower ribs. After I eat, literally after 10 mins - it begins gurgling like mad. I'm constantly gassy and nauseous.

What got me worried mostly is this sharp, burning pain I'm experiencing right now (it comes and goes every few weeks). At the moment I have bad gas cos of what I had for dinner last night & the pain intensifies if I take a deep breath or cough.

Does anyone else get this weird gurgling in 1 particular place? It makes a really loud noise & it almost feels like burning. I imagine my gall bladder must be acting up.

Thanks!

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   Posted 2/7/2011 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having this pain for 2 months under my rightside of my ribs that also goes directly to my back on the rightside and it seems to move along and around my rightside. Had blood work, ultra sound and endoscopy all came back negative. My GI doctor said it's not gerd it's muscular and when they did the ultrasound saw lots of gas. I'm making myself crazy as it's an anoying pain, i try to rub it out but when i stop feels worse. I asked if i should get a Ct scan doc. said no and had one 5 yrs ago because had the same pain which showed nothing, but this time it's lasting longer and more anoying.Any thoughts, shoulod i worry. I have taken 800mg ibuprofen not help.
thanks

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   Posted 2/7/2011 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
insist on a hida scan it will check the function of the gall bladder
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