i am wrighting this for my husband he has been very sick over the last few mounths with pain everyday over his right side by rib cage he has seen the doc alot latley and kow one knows wht is causeing this i was hopeing for some advise i hate seeing him in pain everyday thanks so much
Gallbladder is one option. General hepatic infection/inflammation is another.
I have had a terrible pain under right ribcage (in region of liver) for months on end, none of the doctors could make a diagnosis. I myself started to experiment and saw that flank pain and constant coughing started to improve if I eased up on wheat and gluten products. I have been diagnosed with a wheat allergy and gluten intolerance as a child but have not taken it so seriously as an adult. After I started to stay on a strict gluten-free diet, the pain has subsided in about one week's time.
Therefore take note that any type of allergy or intolerance can make the liver angry and therefore cause pain and inflammation in that region.
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If the pain is on the outside, it can be costochondritis, which causes pain and tenderness at points where your ribs attach to your breastbone. The inflammation around the joint area gives sharp pain on taking a breath. This can also cause tenderness on pressing the area which pains. An orthopedic doctor can diagnose this for you. Generally there is no cause. However it can be due to infection, blow, injury, or fibromyalgia. It usually goes away on its own. Otherwise it can be treated with muscle relaxants, and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. It can also be muscle pull. Shingles can also start this way.
If you have pain under your right rib then there could be a liver infection, pancreatitis, or a gall bladder problem. Get a liver function test, ultrasound or CT of abdomen, and pancreatic enzymes. It can also be due to acidity and duodenal ulcer. Take a late night snack. Raise head end of bed. Take Omeprazole empty stomach in morning and an antacid gel at bedtime. Refrain from smoking, alcohol, fuzzy drinks and spicy food. Walking around also helps clear gas. Pain under right ribs with gas can be due to any inflammatory bowel disease like Celiac or Crohn’s, IBS or due to food intolerance. Pain under right rib case can also be due to pleurisy, asthma, or any other lung problems. Usually this is accompanied by lung related symptoms like breathlessness, cough etc. If all these are ruled out, then laparoscopy should be done, especially if you have a previous history of any abdominal or pelvic surgery. Such an undiagnosed pain is usually due to adhesions and cutting the adhesions takes care of the pain. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss with your doctor once. Hope this helps. Take care!
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