Right side pain? and gas? New here, and scared, pls. reply

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   Posted 8/27/2005 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told I might have IBS.  I sometimes get lower right side pain, and I always panic and think it is my appendics, but it never has been.  Well since last nite,  I have been paniced thinking the same thing again.....  I had a colonoscopy a little over a year ago.... and  everything was great.... they said not again for 4/5 years.  anyways, my symptoms are the low right side pain,  stomach gurgling, and growling noises,  passing gas,  then when I get up and move around, I can usually have a bowel movement.... no diahrrea here, just the symptoms described.  I am a little nauseaus, but I have terrible anxiety also, and when I don't feel good I get so scared, I feel ill.   also have some low back pain.   Anyone else have any of these symptoms?  does this sound like IBS?  thank you

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   Posted 8/27/2005 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi tjeffries,
I understand what you mean about getting scared.......but chances are, it's "just" IBS. Try to read alot of the posts here and maybe you can find some things that will work to calm your GI tract down. For years, my GI tract made all sorts of noise, and was in constant motion. It drove me crazy. But nothing bad came of it. I used to have your symptoms, with a fair amount of nausea, and it ended up being GERD, and a proton pump inhibitor (aciphex) seemed to help the symptoms alot. I've also discovered that taking 1200mg of calcium a day really helped calm my symptoms down too.
Are there foods that set your GI tract off? Gas can give us pain, and cause parts of our intestines to spasm. So read up alot on IBS, and see if there are some things you can do to decrease some of the problems you're having.
If your colonoscopy was great a year ago..........I really think nothing serious has happened in that amount of time. Disorders like IBS can really make us feel like something very serious is wrong........but it's not. It's very inconvenient and disconcerting and a real pain in the butt........but not life-threatening. So try not to get too scared. I have noticed too that when my GI tract is going crazy, it tends to make me crazy too, and I have alot of fears. So try to understand that it's probably nothing serious, and that your mind is playing tricks on you! :)

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   Posted 8/27/2005 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi tjeffries,
Welcome to Healing Well!! tongue
Your symtpoms sound like IBS.  Cathy gave you some good information.
I agree it does sound like IBS but I am one who always says to listen to your instinct.  Is it really tender to touch the area on your right side?  That is usually a good sign that points to appendicitis.  What kind of tests have they ruled out for appendicitis?  Did you tell your doctor that you suspected appendicitis?  Not all doctors will look at the appendix during a colonoscopy and most of the time it is difficult to see if it enlarged on a colonoscopy.  If it really bothers you, I would push your doctor to check a little further.
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   Posted 8/27/2005 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again,
I apologize for not addressing your concerns about your appendix. I guess I overlooked it. I'm sorry. The times that I have been concerned about appendicitis, I take my temperature. Most times, if you have appendicities brewing, your temp will be up. I definitely agree with dbab, though, that if you think you might be having it, you need to see your doctor.

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   Posted 8/28/2005 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there!

Appendicitis is a tricky one.  I had a ruptured appendix when I was 7, and let me tell you, that was the most miserable I've ever felt in my life.  Before it ruptured, though, I was vomiting profusely, had a fever, and EXTREME tenderness and rebound pain.  My parents waited three days to take me to a doctor, which is why it ended up rupturing, but you will know something is wrong long before it bursts.  They might check a white blood cell count, as it will usually be markedly elevated if you do, indeed, have appendicitis.

IBS can cause significant LRQ (lower right quadrant) pain that is difficult to differentiate between more serious and sometimes life-threatening conditions.  If you find that your LRQ area is exceptionally warm, hard to the touch, and you have a fever, it's time to see a doc!

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   Posted 9/15/2005 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  First let me tell you just calm down.  about a year ago I went through EXACTLY the same pain on the right side and lower back. I had terrible gas and I burped like crazy.  Overall my tummy wasn't good either, so I began to worry!  Thinking the worst--like cancer, I put myself in a tizzy!  I lost over 12 lbs. worrying, I was also nauseous and had no appetite--due to my panic.  Anyway, they put me through a barium-enema test (oh what fun) and found nothing.  I still have right sided pain, but it's not as low as it was originally, it's actually down the right side starting under my rib cage.  However, I burp and the pain is alleviated.  It's been over a year and I've learned to live with it.  I do take an anti-spasm pill when it gets a little much.  If you've had tests done and they are negative sounds like you have IBS.  Mine is more on the Consitpation side, however once in awhile I'll get the big D too, but this is not often.  I just suffer from painful gas in my bowels and stomach.  Always have though.  Hey I'm going to stop using Splenda!  I do have joint pain and more gas since starting on it over a year ago!

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   Posted 7/29/2006 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Might help to get colonoscopy done, to rule out IBD.

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   Posted 7/29/2006 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome tjeffries. I can't add much to the excellent advice here. I just wanted to let you know that I'm a member of the "right sided IBS club" and have been for almost 4 years now. Whenever I tell my dr. I think it's my appendix he assures me by saying the pain will continue to worsen and you will know and will want to get yourself to the emergeny room.

Do you experience fevers, blood in stool, pain awakening you at night?
Take care, Softy

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   Posted 7/30/2006 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my appendix out when I was 13. You would know if that's what it was. I threw up all day and my whole stomach hurt so bad and then in late afternoon it moved over to the right side. I had a fever also. If not for my uncle coming over that day and telling my parents to take me to the hospital mine would have burst. It was dangerously close too it and they had to do emergency surgery like at 10 at night. So yeah you would know if that was what it is. Barb
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   Posted 10/7/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if I may have the same thing. I know for a FACT that I have Ulcers.. Found that out about 4 years ago but since, I have not eaten right. Just last night (monday night) , I had mild sharp pain on my right side of my tummy. It happens now and again but its not bad. I also have checked my temp often since and have not been above 98.2. I also found out it could be the Anitibiotics im on , which tend to cause gas. So, does anyone think I could just be having Gas pains or IBS??  Im just concerned cause its odd. I was just n the hospital and they did all kinds of blood work on me and found my liver was inflamed a bit. Other than that , clean bill of health. Would they have seen if my apendix was bad? Any answers would help relax me.

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   Posted 10/7/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
One year before my rectal cancer and all this IBS "fun" started for me, my husband had an emergency appendectomy. He occasionally would have heartburn but OTC meds took care of it. That evening, meds wouldn't relieve the "heartburn". It just kept getting worse and worse. Something woke me up at 2 a.m. and he was downstairs pacing the floor, sitting down, rubbing his stomach one minute, groaning and belching the next. Doing everything that used to help heartburn in the past but all of it combined wasn't even putting a dent into the pain. He called our Internist first thing at 8 a.m., they said to come right in. Long story short, as soon as they touched his stomach he about shot off the table. They sent him straight to the ER, they did a blood test or some test to confirm the appendix was inflamed (it shows up on this test). He had surgery the afternoon. It never ruptured and his recovery was considered normal. Since this was back in 1998, he had a two inch incision, which was quite painful which surprised him. Another long story short, we both realized the night before's heartburn was nothing like heartburn because it got worse and worse. Ever since then, I made a mental note for our daughters and myself, to always check something like this out, if it happens to any one of us.

And I often wonder why my surgeon didn't remove my appendix, he removed nearly all of my sigmoid, 15 inches of my colon, gall bladder and gave me a temporary ostomy. Later I even asked - you got my appendix didn't you? I might have even asked if they got my spleen too. He just sighed and said no. At the time I was relieved, realizing they did a whole lot to me that day but later, I wondered why not remove organs that could potentially become infected?

And just a few years ago an ex SIL who's a nurse told me that surgeons are not so quick to remove infected appendixes. I said what? After seeing how much my husband was in, I don't know how he could have stood it much longer. Later we realized he should have gone to the ER that evening and not waited so long. But back then we had high ins copays, as we do now. Now an ER visit has a copay of $250.

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   Posted 10/7/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I have to disagree about always knowing if it is your appendix. It took 3 years and exploratory surgery to determine that my appendix was causing all the problems. There are other things that can be wrong with appendix besides it being infected and bursting. If I were you for piece of mine I would get a pelvic and abdominal CT scan with contrast and they can tell, I think, more from that if it is pressing on intestines or if something is abnormal. In my case it was before CT scans and I didn't have it all the time till it got really bad. My white cell count was always normal and I had no fever but it had grown in such a way it was affecting the colon and the ureter. Rare but not unheard of. I seriously doubt that it is your appendix because passing gas relieves it but for your piece of mind ask you Doctor. I think sometimes they do ultrasound but not let him say you have to have the other things cause I know you don't.

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   Posted 10/8/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not been running a fever at all. My tummy is not hurting as much and most of the discomfort is lower than my belly button. I'm thinking it could be more of a gas issue or even a UTI. ONLY cause my back is hurting a bit now, which started the other day. I'm really lost but just in case I have an appointment with my doctor on Thurs now.. I was wondering if it could possibly be a back up? I constantly am pressing on my tummy and around it , just to see if it hurts. Not really at all, unless I press down deep and than I think it would hurt cause I could be touch organs.. LOL What do you guys think?

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   Posted 9/21/2012 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I hurt in my right side under ribs near my back. 22 days today. Went to the ER and they did a ct renals for stones. Lung bases clear the liver,spleen, and pancreas are normal. No abnormality in the gallbladder seen. The adrenal glands,ureter, and bladder are normal. The retro-peritoneum is unremarkable... whatever that means. The terminal ileum and appendix are normal. Glucose is a little high (70-99) mines 101 and MPV is a little high (8.9-11.0) Mines 11.6. everything else is showing good. I am in aggravating pain 24/7. I've had right side pain on and off all my life but never like this. Always has gas problems and nerve problems. I'm 45 yrs old and weigh 191 two years ago I weighed 265. I only drink on some weekends socially and smoke a pack a day. Very low energy so I take L-Argenine and it helps somewhat with low testosterone. 3500.00 ER bill for nothing!!!!

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   Posted 10/10/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Right side abdominal pain could be gallstones. Just another thing to rule out
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   Posted 10/23/2012 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it does sound like ibs but ibs sounds like a lot of things. Your symptoms also link with a food allergy and an intolerance. You could press for some tests.
For anxiety try some form of meditation and relaxtion, yoga is meant to be good.
You could try buscopan, paracetomol, mebeverine, anti-despressants for pain
Anti-sickness pills
Light exercise
5 small meals rather than 3 larger ones

Personally I've found nothing that works for me. I don't get much diaherrea either but my pain is very bad. Now lower pain but my pain isn't in the same place as yours. Back pain is associated with lowr stomach pains because, when those muscles spasm, they contract the muscles around them and make then tight. Learning to relax those muscles will help your back pain and your stomach cramps. Sometimes stretching out for several seconds can reduce cramping.

Thanks all I can say. But press your Dr's for more help, they're lazy and wont do more than they have too.

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   Posted 3/1/2015 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi new to the and new to IBS I've got the same pain lower right side its keeping me awake but more of an ache it does get you worried when its all new the doctor told just over a week ago that I had IBS and well what you can you do xxx

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   Posted 2/3/2016 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a hospiital stay with a small bowel ubstruction back in novemder. Now I have exesive gas, charcol gray stool and pain on both sides and I have had my appendix out two years ago are going into septic shock. Any idea what I can or should do now? Oh and this is day three pain increasing a little more each day.

Thank you for any ideas or thoughts you all might have for me!

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   Posted 3/20/2017 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I know this is an old post but I too have the right sided discomfort. My question is, does anyone get a right sided only spasm or tight feeling in the hip or groin area with IBS?

J Special K
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   Posted 8/18/2017 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I get the same thing, and unfortunately haven't figured it out!! I thought it was appendicitis Bc of nausea, decreased appetite, RLQ pain, rebound tenderness etc. It does hurt worse with movement and it's very acute when I laugh or move certain directions-otherwise it's just a throb. However, they did blood work, did a CT with contrast just to be sure, and it came back fine. I refuse to go back to the hospital, because I can't afford to get a CT every time this happens. I can understand if it's pain from gas, but it's the same location that gets me. Why my RIGHT side?

Post Edited (J Special K) : 8/18/2017 7:48:58 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/20/2017 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm thinking that the descending colon is on that side? And gas build up or slow moving digestion causing spasms?
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