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Discomfort on Right Side When Taking a Deep Breath
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Discomfort on Right Side When Taking a Deep Breath

Hi.  I'm a 27 yr old female.  For nearly a week now I had a mild pain on my right side, but mainly only when taking a deep breath.  The pain is level with my belly button, but on my side.  What could be causing this discomfort?  My background is rather complicated...I went to a PCP complaining of bloating/gas and discomfort on my LEFT side about 4 years ago.  The PCP ran a blood test for Celiac disease and it came back positive.  I had never heard of gluten-intolerance before and thought it was not really a big deal since the PCP didn't suggest I see a Gastro.  The years went by and I never felt any better, possibly because I kept getting gluten.  I finally went see a Gastro in Aug who did an endoscopy, which came back norm!  So now, he has me doing a 3-month gluten challenge and has suggested that I may have IBS.  So I've been freely eating wheat/gluten for a month now, and have gained ~8 pounds in the process.  I eliminated caffine from my diet as suggested by the Gastro because of possible IBS and my discomfort on my left side has gone away, only to be replaced by my discomfort on my right side.  What could be causing this new symptom?  My next appointment is only in one month.
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An ultrasound or CT scan can be considered to look at the gallbladder and liver.  

If negative, you may want to look outside the GI symptom.  Pleuritic chest pain, as you are experiencing, can be caused by a blood clot or other lung disease.

A CT scan can help rule out a clot, as well as a blood test looking at the D-dimer level.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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