Posted 8/23/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)
wow lots of answers thanks guys. yeah its not that often its just one of those random things that u feel and go "ugh" lol. im starting my list for when i get to go to the dr again. and bab no they never ran any tests like that the hmo i use to be on didn't enjoy spending money >.< but hopefully this new set of doctors will like doing tests :) thanks again everyone
Posted 8/23/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -6)
Hi, Starz. I too, have had a pain at the bottom of my rib cage; both sides at different times. It turns out though, that my lungs are involved in my lupus. My left pleural membrane was 3/4's full of pleural fluid last year and partially collapsed my left lung, so the left side hurt. There were many other problems as well though, shortness of breath, pain in my back, can't even remember them all (of course, I was being misdiagnosed then so add to that bad problems from wrong medicines). When found after nearly a month of being ignored, I finally had the fluid drained. Shortly after that, the right side wanted its' turned so the pleurisy pains kicked in on that side. I'm sure your docs have or will check for lung involvement especially if you have any other symptoms indicating that. Does it hurt especially when you take deep breaths? Have you had simple chest ex-rays? Hope you are able to find out the cause soon.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

SLE '06, Sjogren's '06, Traumatic Head Injury '94
Prednisone 10mg and tapering, Caltrate 1200mg, Multi-vitamin, Prevacid 30 mg, Actonel 35mg

Posted 8/24/2007 11:01 AM (GMT -6)
i get that pain sometimes too. but it does move around, sometimes under the ribs sometime right on my sternum and other times right underneath it. but i guess it does hurt enough for me to pay attention because of the other pain that i deal with sometimes it just doesnt register in my head that i am having a lot of pain there.
Hugs and prayers,
diagnosed in May '95 with lupus nephritis, hypertension,hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis (knee) '98, kidney transplant April '06, pseudo-cerebral tumor '07
prednisone, cellcept, prograf, lopressor, allopurinol, synthroid, diamox, OsCal +D, lunesta, celexa, percocet for pain

Posted 8/24/2007 3:37 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Stars
I have all kinds of pains under over and in my ribs. When your liver swells, it presses up under your rib cage and even pops out underneath it. It is connected to your gall bladder over on that side, so gallbladder pain can feel that way. Pain in the right shoulder, just under the shoulder blade is liver pain too. It wouldn't hurt to have your liver enzymes tested to see if your meds might be making your enzymes go up or something. Sometimes that happens. I think I passed a gallstone recently and I had a lot of pinching pain on the right as you describe. Hopefully it will go away. I have a lot of gi pain all over due to diverticulitis and irritable bowel, even kind of high up. There's not much they can do so I just learn to live with it. I hope you feel better soon.
Love, Marji
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments

Posted 8/24/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -6)

Well, it seems as if everyone has had the same pain (including myself). I have had the pain, on and off, for 10 years. Lab tests and ultrasound show liver and gallbladder are fine. I also have IBS and have attributed the pain to that. Right under your rib cage is where the large intestine turns and goes across the upper abdomen to the left side. This area can trap gas...which could be attributed to your pain. This is what i attribute my pain to. Hope this helps!

Dx: SLE (4/07), IBS (1/99)
Meds: Plaquenil, Celebrex, and Lisinopril

Posted 9/1/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)
Hi, I have had several bouts of severe pain right under my right cage. I've gone to the ER a few times, but my gallbladder came back clear. I thought it would be my gallbladder b/c I have a strong family history of gallbladder disease. But the last time I went, they referred me to a doc for further testing. I know I had ultrasound, but cant remember what else he did, it's been several years. This particular docor couldnt find anything with my gallbladder, but he said I have a hemangioma on my liver, which is in that same general area. He said it's usually nothing serious unless the hemagioma bursts for some reason. He said this might have been causing me my pain episodes and it might have been inflamed. He did tell me to go to the ER if I got severe pain, though. So far, though, since then i've not had any severe episodes, only a few times of mild brief pain. So I dont know, maybe something with the liver might be another possibility.
Posted 9/7/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)
One way to see if it's your gallballder try eating salt. I was told I had gallstones and checked out and it said that soduim can help disolve them so I eat a little salt and it helps with the discomfort.

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