i have very slight discomfort under my right ribs, which is intermittent. if i lean forward i feel the discomfort under/start of my right breast. apart from that i feel fine. this has been going on for about 6 months
You may want to get your gall bladder checked out. Gall stones and sludge can form and cause a dull aching pain on your right side. It may not be significant at first but the pain may continue to worsen. It is worth getting it checked out with an ultrasound.
Do not ignore this symptom. If you have your gallbladder this is a clear sign of gallbladder disease. It is far better to have it removed when it isn't so far diseased that you are in liver failure. I have experienced this first hand. Had the same pain and dismissed it numerous times until I ended up in the ER having to have a very emergent surgery to remove the gallbladder to save my life. The stones spilled into my common bile duct where the surgeon tried to get them out but couldn't and my bile duct and blood supply to my liver has been damaged. So please just go get checked out.
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If you have pain under your right rib then there could be a liver infection 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. It could also be muscle pull that can be treated by applying local analgesic creams. It could also 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 all these are ruled out, then laproscopy should be done. 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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