Pain under right rib? What can it be?

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kimmie11
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   Posted 11/23/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I am a new member and hoping you can give me some ideas why I am experiencing such pain. I have a hiatal hernia, GERD and asthma related to it. I currently take Prilosec OTC and Singulair. I have had h-pylori in the past and last week I started feeling discomfort under my right rib. I thought it was related to my diet. I had been on vacation and not watching as closely as I should have nono However, last Friday the pain started to build and build and on Sunday it was unbearable. I had already scaled my meals back, stayed away from fatty foods, and increased my fiber intake. Monday the pain moved from under the rib across my abdomen. I now had pain in two places. The gas (sorry TMI) was ridiculous and my bowl movements were out of wack. The area under my rib is tender , lumpy, and I found that initially when I wake up it is not too bad but gets worse during the course of the day. It is now radiating to my lower back and left side. The left side is more of a dull ache compared to the pain on the right. I know it is somehow food related as I just ate a jelly sandwich and my side felt like it was exploding with pain. Warm compresses help and I just took a few extra strength tylenol. I have not been able to sleep and not knowing what is causing it is scaring the hell out of me. I had a colonoscopy this past June and all was well. My gatro dr is sending me for an abdominal sonogram and has told me she will probably order a HIDA scan as well to see if my gall bladder is functioning properly. She offered to send me an anti-spasmatic medication but I turned how down. I hate taking medication but now I am wondering if I should have filled it. Any suggestions on managing it until I find out for sure what it is. Sorry for the long post confused

stkitt
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   Posted 11/23/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello there,

I am so glad you are working with your physician on this new pain. I think perhaps the antispamodic may help you if your willing to give it a try :-)

I would also remain very in tune to your bowel status.  You said it had changed.

Galbladder could be your culprit and everyone has different sx with gallbladder.  Are you vomiting at all?

Do watch your diet as you are so wisely doing and keep talking to us.

Remember I am not a professional but I am here to support you.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt 


 

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k9lov3r
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   Posted 11/23/2008 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy
Been over 10 years since I had my gall bladder removed.  I went to the ER because I was having severe abdominal pain.  The nurse came out to the waiting room to tell me I would be seen quicker at the clinic because the ER was backed up.  I was doubled over when she came out she took one look at me and had be taken directly to the ER.  They found out I had pancreatitis..  I could not keep any food down and the doctor had ordered a nasal tube to keep everything out of my stomach.  The doctor came to see me later that day and told me if I didn't drink I woud not be in this position (nice bedside manner)  I told her I don't drink and she proceeded to tell me that is the major cause of pancreatitis.   After several days of testing they finally scheduled an ultra sound where they found my gall bladder was full of gall stones.  They scheduled me for surgery and I never saw that doctor again.  As I remember there was a lot of abdominal pain, naseau and vomiting.  So make sure you get into see the doctor and if the pain gets any worse don't wait go back and see your doctor as soon as you can.
 
Even though you hate taking medication follow what your doctor says the ant-spasmodic medication just might help.  My GI told me the cause of my chest pain with the GERD is esophageal spasms, they never mentoned anything about medication for it.  It might be because none of the other medications have done anything for me.  I will ask him about it on my next appointment.  The only thing that helps me when I am having an attack is basically laying at almost a 45 degree angle with my knees bent.   If I lay flat it hurts worse and if I sit up it hurts.
 
Take care MJ
 

Dolmaker
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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like gall stones. Looks as if your situation is reversed from mine. I had gallstones 22 yrs ago and your pain indicators sound like mine did. I had the surgery (the full scale surgery) and was fine for a few days and then it started again. Apparently a large stone had been hiding in a bile duct during my original surgery. I had to go to another hospital for a special procedure (transoral) to go in an cut a muscle to allow the stone to pass. After that I was fine. In the last 10 years I have developed a hiatal hernia and acid reflux. (funny, I had none of this before being placed on cholesterol medications). The reflux is under control and there is no rhyme or reason as to when I have an episode. The hernia however is causing me lots of discomfort. At times my food gets stuck or  slows down. Seems to take forever to make it to my stomach. This is so sporadic and there is no way to predict when it will happen. I have been talking to my Gent. Dr about the Esophyx. He has reservations about it and asked me to wait 6mths so he can get more  information on results and success rate. Luckily I work in the hospital in FL where the Dr is experienced so it will be easy to have done.
 
Good Luck with your treatment, if it is gall stones it is fairly easy to resolve nowadays. The removal is much less invasive than it used to be.
 
I was curiouss to know if there are any persons out there who have had the esophyx procedure done by Dr Overcash? If so, I would appreciate any info or tips you could provide.
 
Dolmaker

kimmie11
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/24/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt and all,
 
Thank you for responding to my post. It feels soooo good to know that I am not alone. I have my ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow and a HIDA scan next week. I have not been vomitting but my stomach has felt queasy at times. Although I feel horrible, I am not as scared as was a few days ago. That is becuase I found all of you! Again, my thanks.

stkitt
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Kimmie,

That is what we are here for is to help each other and knowing you are feeling better makes us feel good.

I wish you a Good Thanksgiving Holiday and stick with us.  We will support you.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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stkitt
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Dolmaker
 
Hello and welcome.  I do not know of this physician and I am from the midwest but probably way off in the wrong direction.
 
WE have a welcome thread for new members and we would love to read a word or two about you if you care to post. I will bring the thread to the top.
Again welcome.
 
Kitt
 

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