Pain in Upper Back Right Hand Side made worse by certain foods

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   Posted 10/7/2014 2:06 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a large number of health problems, mostly brought on by prescription drug abuse (stopped along time ago). Not going into my full story here other than to say I avoid alcohol, avoid drugs and eat clean diet. Despite this, I still have a large number of things which have gone wrong with my body. One issue I am trying to work out is pain (and some level of twitching and cramping) in my upper back right hand side only. It isn't a problem when I wake up in the morning but becomes problematic with use. Its ok on, for example, a laptop but using a desktop computer with an external mouse brings it on very quickly. One curious feature about this problem is that it is made worse by certain foods. Two examples are blueberries and onions. The pain comes on within 30 minutes of eating these foods. This leads me to believe some organ of digestion is at least partially responsible for the pain (thinking Liver of Gallbladder).

Has anyone else experienced this problem? or know why it is occurring? Also any ideas on how to address this issue?

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   Posted 10/7/2014 2:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Schnax to the CP forums at HW and glad you stopped in.

I'm not sure what to say but given the example you gave I had a similar occurrence years ago. Late at night I liked to read at the forum and I started having these scary episodes while up alone at the computer desk. I would get really sweaty and clammy and have this strange sensation in my lower abdomen and side, not sharp pain but some dull feeling kind, and would last a few minutes to half hour?

It was strange and concerning but I kept putting off saying anything because it was so random. Finally one night about 6-7 months after they started it lasted far more then the usual hour and I had to wake up my daughter and go to ER. It was definitely a gall bladder issue and turned out a stone was lodged in the entrance to bile duct. The reason it caused more noticeable issues then was the position I was sitting at the desk in allowed it to settle into the bile duct completely blocking it versus a upright or normal sitting position and it didn't do that.

It was one of the more baffling issues I had in my health issues but since then I have encountered a few others with strange stories very much like that and related to gall bladder problems.

I certainly would get a Dr to offer some opinion and hopefully come up with a positive solution!

Good luck and welcome again!

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   Posted 10/7/2014 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Schnaxl.

Vickie had a very good idea. You might try keeping a food and reaction diary - see posts in the search box at the top of the page. My allergist had me do this, and it works great! I keep a plain notebook or a daily page calendar on the kitchen counter. It helps with taking meds too - seeing what works.

Blueberries and onions don't seem at first glance to be related, but it might be when you are eating at least the blueberries. Food intolerances are well known. Lots of posts on the allergy forum. My intolerances are related by all having sulfites, but blueberries are not on that list. Onions are. But you'd have problems with a lot of other foods too if it was sulfites.

I switched to left hand on my mouse when I started having arm and hand problems years ago. It takes a few days to get used to it. If it works the pain is likely a pinched nerve in the spine.

Best wishes!

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   Posted 10/7/2014 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vickie & Alcie,

Thanks for the responses... Vickie, did you have to get your gallbladder removed or were you able to get the stones out another way?

Alcie - I have a bunch of food intolerance's. The cause other problems like joint pain. This is somewhat different though.
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