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

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AlSommer
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   Posted 2/8/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Pain under right rib - the only thing I would add - it always started about 4:30 AM - while I am trying to sleep. I use to try ant-acid - worked at 1st - then realized - get up - get about 6 oz milk add about an oz of vanilla yogurt - I could then sleep for 3 hours. Finally I went to see my Dr. He diagnosed ulcer (saw it with a scope) - Dr. gave me ant-acid - worked for a while - best treatment still - milk/yogurt - to sleep. Well then I got stressed out at work - could not sleep - went to Dr. she prescribed 20 mg amytriptyline - helped me sleep - was drowsey for hours in AM - so I cut the dose in half - now I sleept fine , no longer dosey. After 2 months good sleep what I discovered is the pain under my right rib went away!!! My theory: 1st you develop an ulcer due to stress. Then you have TROUBLE SLEEPING because your ULCER BOTHERS YOU - your ULCER BOTHERS YOU because you have TROUBLE SLEEPING - it is a VICOUS cycle(makes sense to me - lack of sleep irritates your system - irritation many time attacks the stomach - actually I believe lack of sleep affects all parts of your body in bad ways - I also have a sleep disorder: sleep apnea - so I know what happens when you don't get proper sleep for an extended period - in my case I suffered for several years before discovering I needed CPAP for sleep apnea). I broke the SLEEP/ACID ULCER cycle by over-powering it - with the sleep aid (amytriptyline) - I would hope to get off the amytriptyline in next month or two.

buffer1
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   Posted 2/12/2011 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm seeing my internist tues. i will mention the hida scan, wouldn't a ct-scan show all in case the gall bladder looked okay. Thanks

buffer1
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   Posted 2/12/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sleep can be a great reason for my pains.I love sleeping on my right but gets anoying with the pain on my rightside and I go to sleep after midnight and wakeup before 7am. i have a 3yr old and comes into our bed everynight, along with myself getting up during the night a few other times.Will checkout amitriptyline with my doc.We always think the worst but had blood work,ultra sound,endoscopy all normal so i'm sure it would of showed any bad disease.thanks Alsommer and joy

macilove
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   Posted 3/24/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have been suffering with upper right pain, usually under my rib.  I had my gall bladder out last year, but they said on the ultrasound it was fine, but the duct was twice the size.  I guess hida scan showed it was not working too well, so they too it out.  I still get the pain though.  Burning, dull, achy.  I saw a post about someone having the gurgling sound. I have that too. On the right side.  I will be laying in bed with my fiance, and we actually kinda laugh because it is rhythmic.  I feel a little pressure, and I say, here it comes, and blurp...  I am not sure what all this is.  I went to the dr today because of this pain, I started thinking it was my liver, but it felt fine, no swelling. The pain when he pushed was more to the center right. He is convinced it is an ulcer.  They are going to do an ultrasound just to make sure there is not a stone stuck by my duct, but I just took a zantac and I actually do feel a little better!

stomache ache
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   Posted 3/25/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I came across this site searching for answers as to why Im having this pain under my right rib cage after I eat. It started on Monday after eating dinner but the pain didnt last so long so I didnt think much of it. Then again on Wednesday after dinner, my stomache bloated to the max and I got this bad pain under my right rib cage and along the mid to upper pain in my back. I thougth it was because I had that second helping of spaghetti and after a couple of hours of pain the pain was followed by vomitting. I sat up all night getting maybe an hour of sleep that night getting sick over and over. I couldnt hold anything down not even water. Yesterday for the entire day the only thing that I had put into my stomache was water. The pain was still persistant and for some reason the only thing that made me feel better was a hot shower. I honestly took 5 hot showers that day and at the end of the night around 8pm I took a really hot bath. My husband watched me pace around the house tossing and turning from trying to sleep from lack of it the night before, and seeing my only relief was from a hot shower or bath. He ran out and got me a hot pad and some tylenol. I took 2 tylenol and wrapped myself in a hot pad. I felt good enough to sleep. This morning I woke up and was feeling 80% better and I thought yea! it worked. started to do the normal things around the house. Cleaning, laundry, and dealing with my 4 lovely children. I made them a breakfast of pancackes and eggs, and as I was cooking my stomache was growling from lack of food yesterday and having thrown up my dinner the night before that. So I sat down to 1 pancake and 2 eggs. And now Im in terrible pain again. I dont know what to do and Im scared to eat. Im going to make an appointment tomorrow and after reading all these posts Im going to ask to get checked for a possible ulcer or gallbladder issue.

degtusmc
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   Posted 5/24/2011 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
Just like the majority of the members of this forum, my wife have had a burning pain on her right side that comes and goes for a few years already. I have taken her on the past to the ER and all they said was that she had gas. From then on, everytime she got the pain we thought that that was all it was. To make it even worst she is allergic to many things so its hard to tell if its her allergies or something else. Tonight she had the same burning pain under her right rib and she felt nauseous (the nausea happens often). I wanted to take her to the ER, but she insisted to just let her lay in bed. She finally fell asleep about 30 minutes ago, and after doing some research I luckily came across this forum. I am a little worried because it could be so many things, and they might just misdiagnose her without fixing the problem. Unfortunately we do not have health insurance and we do not have the money to go to the doctors whenever we desire. I do want to make her an appointment somewhere, but I Am not even sure where to take her. Where should I take her? Also, what type of questions should we ask? And what type of exams does she need done to check for GERD, Ulcer, Gallblader, or anything else?

Thank you in advance, and good luck to everyone else

Geinerjl83
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   Posted 8/21/2011 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Am new here and I am posting this for my mother of 59.
My mother has been living with the pain as you all described for at least 40 years.. Throughtout her years she has been off and on with the pain under her rib that shoots to the back. She has had her gallbladder removed.. She had at least 15 ct scans perfomed, endoscopies, you name it.. All come back negative. The pain is now severe.. She cant sit down for more than 15 minutes.. The pain starts sharply... Doctors say she is crazy.. Has anyone found an answer for this annoying discomfort.. I cant bare to see her like this any longer.

davinci817
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   Posted 8/21/2011 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I would suggest is finding a Doctor that will look further than the same old scans over and over. Maybe she has some scarring going on and there are people that have phantom pains after GB removal. There is also the Sphincter of Odi dysfunction. Have they looked at that?

glutenfreed
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   Posted 12/8/2011 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I googled "R rib pain" a year ago and remember reading this site while looking for answers.  I suffered from chronic back pain, rib pain, and right lower quadrant abdominal pain- sharp, crampy, sore to touch, anywhere from my upper right back to my right hip.  I tried everything- motrin, muscle relaxers, pain meds, chiropractors, accupuncture, different MDs, musculoskeletal specialists.  A couple times it was so bad in my R lower quadrant I thought my appendix burst or an ovarian cyst burst.  This went on for 2 years.  I couldn't get answers.  I'm a nurse and it was very frustrating to go this and not be able to heal my own body or figure out what was wrong.  I tried cutting out acidic foods and dairy with no change in the pain.  I was also contstantly fatigued, nauseated, bloated, gassy and constipated. 
 
A chiropractor finally asked if I had ever tried a gluten-free diet.  I was skeptical that diet had anything to do with it, as I always have eaten healthy.  Turns out my effort to cut out rice and corn and eat whole grain cereal and bread was the culprit all along! Trying to ease my back pain and infammation with Ibuprofen only made it worse because it was adding more distress to my already-stressed GI system.   I tried gluten free diet for 2 weeks and finally felt 80% better!  I've been gluten-free for a year now and the only time I feel that pain is when I cheat.  PLEASE do yourself a favor if you have any sort of chronic pain, inflammation, or GI issues and try going completely gluten-free for at least 2 weeks and see if you feel a difference!  I can't stress enough how this has changed my life!  Docs will rarely suggest diet as a cure to anything but it is SO important!  Hope this helps!!

glutenfreed
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   Posted 12/8/2011 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S. Gas pain can be very severe! I know from experience as well as from my post op abdominal surgery patients. It can be more severe than the op site! Take simethicone for gas pain but get that diet in check if you want a permanent fix!! :)

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   Posted 12/9/2011 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Thank you for posting what has worked for you and I know we have other members on the forum who are on a gluten free diet.
 
You have posted to a thread that is several months old...........if you would like to start a thread of your own it will give the members the opportunity to meet and greet you.
 
I am glad you found us and please know we are here to support everyone so stick with us.
 
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Featherme
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   Posted 12/19/2011 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had pain in the right rib cage area for years. My gall bladder was removed but the pain continues. That was three years ago. Finally it was determined I had median arcuate ligament syndrome. MALS is not all that unusual but pain from it is. I had tests that showed the celiac artery was being crushed by the median arcuate ligament each time I expel air . It messes up digestion as it interrupts the blood flow. I don't know if this pain I am having is from the MALS. Nothing my body does is like anything else recorded! It's hard to get doctors to investigate until they have done a thorough job. They prefer saying it's all in my head.
 
Praise God I have found a doctor at Mt Sinai in NYC who is going after to try to identify the neurological problems and the sources that exhibit themselves in weakness, numbness, pain, small fiber neuropathy, poor balance, white matter brain lesions, and some demyelinating areas unrelated to MS. He's the first doctor in 8 years of searching to actually help in some way.
 
I eat small meals. (I also have GERD.) I avoid gluten, dairy, soy, corn, yeast, sugar, coffee, eggs and fruits other than bananas. I have felt better digestive wise since I've been off soy, corn, and yeast. I was already off the other things.
 
I can't get my doctor to do an ultrasound or CT scan as recommended by a doc at the Mayo clinic I've been in touch with since I fell in the summer. There was a problem with a rib being "twisted" that between my body contracting and contorting and the massage therapist we got back in place. However the rib pain is still there. I am going to call a thoracic surgeon I've seen in the past and get in and be seen. I will bring the email from the Mayo clinic doc. Wearing a bra is hurtful to that area. Does anyone else have that problem?
 
It has been called costochondritis, tze tze syndrome but the breast bone doesn't hurt. I thought that was the main part of it.
 
May you all conserve strength and enjoy your families during the next two weeks especially.

lanab
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   Posted 12/20/2011 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had pain in my right rib for a few weeks, i noticed it when i took a shower in the morning and touched the area that i was sensible, it went away, GERD is very strange as the symtoms varies over time, in the beginning i had lots of burping, now i get bloated and some pressure is felt in the middle where the LES is placed.

Epicus
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   Posted 1/7/2012 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with glutenfreed for a lot of these. I know this is an old thread, but especially the person that said they are living on crackers and Ensure, losing weight and feeling like crapola. Celiac's is becoming more and more prevalent with new detection methods. I think ones diet should always be changed first when investigating any digestion issues. Be sure to check the ingredients of all foods and eliminate the top 10 allergens one by one. If you manage to feel better, then slowly add items back unless pain and bloating returns. Your body is an organic machine that requires proper maintenance, and the most convenient 'tasty' meals are usually unhealthy, so be sure to always eat healthy. Fruits, Veggies, and rice people-- not vitamin supplements and bread.

janita
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   Posted 1/18/2012 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
A couple years ago I was having alot of shortness of breath and pain that was below my right rib and went through to my back. I made a Dr. visit and was walking in to the exam room. I picked up my daughter (who was in a baby carrier at the time) in my right arm. It felt like someone stuck a huge knife in my side and through my back. I could not get a breath in so they called the ambulance and yelled through the office for my Dr. He was able to calm me enough to where we were able to send the ambulance away, but my father had to drive me to the hospital for tests. I could not even lay on the table for the scan. When I tried, the knife pain and not being able to breath came back, so they wheeled me to the ER. I could barely sit in the chair the pain was so horrible. Blood work and scans basically showed nothing. A week prior I had pain, but not as severe, but painful enough to send me to the hospital. In which those tests showed nothing either. I had all the gallbladder tests as well. No stones were found. They only said my gallbladder was emptying a little slow, but nothing to worry about. I have to mention that I have GERD, hiatel hernia, Fibromyalgia, and mild Lupus as my doctor has called it. I think the Dr.'s must think I'm nuts sometimes, but the pain is real. Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I still get the pain on the right side under the rib and through to my back, but luckily not as bad as that one incident.

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   Posted 1/26/2012 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
In my early 20s I had a severe pain in my right side under my ribs and down my side - I was doubled over in agony - my boss took me to the doctor, and alas, it was trapped wind.

I've only had it two or three times over the past 8 years since then, until recently.

I've had it three times this months - and I can't pinpoint the triggers. It's always around the same time of night, and it always goes away by 8am the next morning, which makes me think it's related to my digestive system.

I've made an appointment at the doctor just to see if there's anything specific I can do or take to help - and then I'm just going to switch to natural, raw, unprocesses foods, and see how that goes.

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   Posted 1/30/2012 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with GERD 3 years back and my doctors prescribed Nexium. After watching my weight and exercising the GERD symptoms (heart burns etc) went away and I did not take Nexium. Recently after several months of not exercising or watching what I eat, I started having pains under by right ribs and on bottom of my right ribs. Needless to say, I cannot do much physical work now and have been resting/sleeping a lot. I have now started taking the Nexium again. I think the excess acid due GERD has caused some tissue damages (erosive esophagitis?) which is perhaps also causing the pain. Will see what the Dr. has to say.
Cannot over emphasize the importance of proper diet and regular exercise.

Zenlife
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   Posted 2/7/2012 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi most of the time pain under the rib cage on the right had side occurs due to many reason. Many times its very difficult to find the solution through medical test as it will show you in a healthy state. I give you my experience my friend suffered the same thing for at least 4 years everything normal all the test ok. Doctors got no clue. Then his luck got him for good he met a good Natural therapist you call him a Chiropractor. He examined him and found out that while working in gym he placed bar bells with weight on his stomach just below the ribs most of the time and his rib on the corner end moved little bit and touching the flesh below. He made him lay down and pushed few things on the ribs slapped and pulled up what ever they do i don't have the technical language they use sorry but he got fit no pain now everything fine. I suggest those who are not able to find a solution for rib pain under the right hand side of the stomach corner or where ever please see a Good Chiropractor he should be good and experienced. Hope this helps.

GOD bless all, Peace to all and may all be healthy and wise Amen

Rehman
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   Posted 3/6/2012 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear all

I am suffering from Severe Right side pain in Ribs from last three months. My doctor prescribed me Synflex tablet for the pain.
moreover, I would like to mention that I am suffering from strange stomach ache (already had endoscopy but no ulcer or wounds) but still occasionally i suffer from this severe pain from last 5 years. But this time in winter, this rib pain started. today i started blood in my sputum...
please somebody help me because my dr. says its a muscle pain but i know when i touch my rib bones i feel severe pain.
what shoud i do? is it related to my stomach disorders? or its something else

regards

Rehman

momsy
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   Posted 3/21/2012 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same rib pain that most of you are referring to. Went to my doctor who said he thought my problem was Musculoskeletal but ordered x rays and tests anyways which in return all came back ok. He then sent me for physical therapy, which helped the day I would have therapy, but by the next day I'd be in pain again. Finally my therapist mentioned that I had a slight curve in my spine and thought my pain was caused by my diaphragm being slightly twisted. She explained the diaphragm and how the intercostals muscles were attached to the ribcage. Eventually I got tired of taking all the pain pills and spending hours on the heating pad that I decided what do I have to lose and sought out a good Chiropractor. To make a long story short, going to the chropractor really did help. My spine has a slight curve in it, but not bad enough to have surgery but just enough to cause my rib pain. I don't think my spine will ever straighten out but at least when the pain starts acting up I know what to do. I think when doctors run every test under the sun and they all come back ok, you need to try other measures on your own. Don't wait to be referred to a chiropractor because it will never happen. Chropractors aren't scarey or expensive. And there is no physical pain when you go. Give it a shot, after all, what do you have to lose?

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   Posted 4/25/2012 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
For nearly 4 years I had constant pain in my chest to the right where the gall bladder is. I was depressed and felt weak and also suffered from periodic diarrhea, normally in the morning i would pass stool comfortably and then it would become worse throughout the day and sometimes even burn (although the diarrhea wasnt always present). I also felt a little sick after eating and suffered from bloating. I had blood tests, barium meals and ultrasounds and all fine and my GP said i had IBS (its what they say to any bowel problem they cant diagnose). Anyway I cut gluten out of my diet and hey presto, i am happy and have energy back the pain only comes rarely and is likely due to me not sticking to the diet, no diarrhea. Anyway this constant pain in the right chest is oftern the gallbladder and it is moaning because you digestive tract is not happy and the secretion of enzymes from the pancreas to the gall bladder is messed up. I strongly advise you to play with your diet, cut out gluten first and if you feel a new man/woman in three days then go and get yourself tested for intolerance. It could be any allergy, sulphides, gluten, coffee. dont give up as i almost did whatever your gp says
 
Edit:  I removed your last comment as it was derogatory and off topic.  Thank you for your understanding.

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omu
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   Posted 5/19/2012 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to have this kind of pain when my cholecystitis was getting really bad, ( and at that moment after a scan doctor told me that I have cholecystitis without stones), I switched to healthier food, smaller meals, and I was eating turmeric powder (1 teaspoon per meal), which helped me heal, I heard artichoke is also good for that

Adam77
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   Posted 5/20/2012 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to have pain under my ribs on the left side. All the test results came back fine. I read somewhere about Magnesium caps and the similar pain. I started taking one Mg cap every day after dinner, and my pain was gone since then. Interestingly, my blood test results did not show any Mg deficiency.

jdacespace
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   Posted 5/20/2012 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Tums or Zantac give me relief which confirms the gerd theory in my case

yoshiya84
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   Posted 6/8/2012 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
i have had a similar pain. after i had my gallbladder removed on and off for the last 4 - 5 years i have had severe pains where my gall bladder used to be. they are crippling pains. it gets bad enough that i can't get up or do anything but lay there and hope it passes soon. if anyone has any input or any ideas what it may be let me know. i haven't been to see a doc yet due to finances and the already stacked up bills i owe.
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