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Diaphragm pain

I get a chronic pain in the right side diaphragm area immediately under the rib cage.  It is like a charley horse--a muscular cramp.  I can't straighten up  or walk or breathe without it becoming worse.  After an hour or so, it finally goes away. The area remains sore.  At times if I turn suddenly, I get a painful catch in that area. I have at times felt a lump there. Mainly, the pain feels like the blood has collected in one spot and is not getting through my system in that area.  Much like when as a kid, when I ran too much I got a pain in my side and had to stop and rest.  The pain from my diaphragm is horrible, on a scale of 10.  It happened for the first time about 5 years ago. My liver blood tests show anomalies.  Pancreas tests are a little high at times, but doctors say it is nothing to worry about. Gaul bladder tests okay.  Occasionally I have BMs that float. Otherwise, BMs are normal and occur two to three times a day.  Ultrasounds show nothing wrong. It is not gas and is never related to food.  Whatever this is, it is outside the box of all that has been diagnosed.  Since the  advent of computers and the internet, it seems doctors would be more informed of uncommon  illnesses, or at least would want to be.  Has anyone had this sort of pain?  
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This sounds a lot like gallbladder problems despite the fact that the ultrasound is 'normal.' If the doc didn't do a HIDA scan with CCK injection that test should be done especially if you've got altered liver function tests. Also make sure to check your pancreatic enzyme level tests.

Keep in mind that an ultrasound may not show evidence of sludge, which can be a problem and cause a lot of pain typical of gallbladder issues. Your doc may be doing you no favor my telling you it's nothing to worry about - if it's sludege. Sludge can irritate the common bile duct and muscular opening to the duodenum. That can cause spasms which may - in some - cause a back up of bile and pancreatic juices and a host of problems in the long run.

While you're trying to figure out what's going on, you may want to consider following a low fat diet.
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I have had my gall bladder removed because of the sludge mentioned by CalGal but I still have this discomfort in my diaphragm area. It really just started after I had a rough time with my colon - had some polyps removed - but the pain is kind of debilitating for me. It goes all across my midsection and down my back like towards my kidneys, which have diminished in function. Being a female I sometimes think doctors don't really take us seriously or they think we're trying to get pain meds. I would think an endoscopy of the top end would be a good idea.  
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yea had mine for along time mabye 7 or so more years and it only get worse as time goes on had all the test done to se what it can be no resuntrenlts so doctors think yourmad and that you imangine thes things somedays you canput your finger right on the spot just below the right rib near centre found best relief is constant massargein area by physio it to do with the diaphram somedays you can be lying down and just press in centre of chest under ribs and whooooo the pain unbalivable 20out of ten instant and to top it all of iam 55year old male good luck let me know if you ever find some other aswer
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IM having these same problems. This is the 1St . I don't know what too do. Any advice. I'm in excruciating pain.
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Have you ever found any answers or relief for you pain?  I have the same thing, but it is on my left side.  I wish I knew what it was and it's driving me crazy.  I can't even take a shower because as soon as I turn to try and wash my back the "cramp" kicks in again.  Sometimes just driving in the car or turning around in bed can make it happen. No body I've spoken to has any idea what this could be.
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