Undiagnosed Symptoms Community
Right abdominal and rib cage pain
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to undiagnosed symptoms, breathing difficulties, feeling cold, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, fever, indigestion, itching, nausea, numbness, pain (chronic), paralysis, rash, sweating, swelling, urination problems, and vomiting.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Right abdominal and rib cage pain

For the last two months now I have been in debilitating pain. It started with occasional sharp pains in my upper right abdomen along with a constant burning pain that wraps around to my back with a spot between my lowest right rib and hip that has a stronger burning feeling. I have had 2 ultra sounds that showed nothing, 2 CT scans (with & with out contrast) that showed nothing. The pain has been progressive, it gets worse by the day. I now have rib cage pain as well along with pressure pain in my rib cage (like balloons are being blown up under my ribs). The more I move the worse it hurts, if I sit up straight it hurts, I spend most of my time in bed. I had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy that showed nothing. I had a HIDA scan that showed my gallbladder function a 43% (low side of normal). Two and a half weeks ago I had an exploratory laparoscopy. They searched my whole abdomen, liver, spleen, uterus, everything but me kidneys. We had agreed before hand that if they found nothing to go ahead and remove my gallbladder and appendix, which is what they did. The pathology on both was normal. Last Friday I had a bone scan of my ribs along with x-rays, they also showed nothing. At this point all my doctor had left for ideas was to send me to a pain specialist. I just want to know what’s wrong with me, I don't just want more pain meds I want an answer. As it stands I take 6 Darvocet a day (two, three times) just so that I can walk and talk with out screaming. I'm scared. Blood work, x-rays, scans, surgery, it's all shown nothing. I can't work, I can't drive a car, I can't play with my child. If any one has ANY ideas please let me know.
Related Discussions
1 Comment
Blank
Avatar_dr_m_tn
Hello,

One of the important possibilities that need to be ruled out is multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a tumor of the bone cells and typically presents with severe pain in the back and side of the lower ribs. It is diagnosed by Electrophoresis (EP) which measures the levels of various proteins in the blood or urine.Bone scans and bone marrow biopsy are also sometimes helpful in confirming.Kidney disease is the first manifestation of this disease and so kidney functions also need to be monitored.

Pls discuss this possibility with your physician. I hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Undiagnosed Symptoms Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top General Health Answerers
363281_tn?1353103243
Blank
SassyLassie
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
1530171_tn?1418143903
Blank
TheLightSeeker
London, ON
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
jemma116
United Kingdom
1780921_tn?1416842066
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
1756321_tn?1377771734
Blank
Red_Star
Queensland, Australia
1622896_tn?1426267159
Blank
bobdylan1958
Somewhere ?, United Kingdom