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Annoying Discomfort Right Rib Cage

I am a 45 year old woman and have experienced CONSTANT discomfort in my right lower (and sometimes upper) ribcage.  The pain "travels".  Actually I would not call it pain, sometimes it feels as though there is pressure from inside pushing outward against the ribs.  Like a wadded sock under my ribs!  The discomfort has been present for over a year, but never so bad or painful that I wanted to immediately seek help.  However, living everyday w/discomfort is growing old!  It at times almost seems that it could be a muscular or skeletal problem.  Other than the discomfort, I've experienced no problems.  My appetite is GREAT, I generally feel good everyday and am exercising daily.  I have regular bms and no sign of liver disfunction, such as jaundice, discolored urine etc. I have never had an
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Hi all.

I drink beer pretty regulary, but last week, I really kinda pounded them down.

After that, also about a week ago, I experienced pain in my back on my right side (upper) and thought I had lifted something awkwardly, (my daughters bike).

Next day the pain "moved" to under my ribcage on my right side!

It was very tender to the touch and there was significant discomfort when I took a deep breath. I stopped by a vitamin store and asked about anti-oxidants and they told me Milk Thistle and Cucurmin (or some kind of Tumeric stuff) would help.

Well, I've been taking that stuff for a few days now and have laid of the beer but I'm just not sure what the heck is the deal here.

I've been reading all this stuff about liver disease, cirrosis, gallbladder, etc...

Its starting to really freak me out!

I made a Dr. Appointment but I'd like to hear from some of you here.

Whats up????!!!

thanks...






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I had my gallbladder removed 5 years ago due to a constant pain on the right hand side under the rib cage.  Within six months the pain was back and it seems to be getting worse than before the surgery.  I have had half a dozen ultrasounds and nothing.  It is very frustrating as I am eating nothing but soft foods and not too much of that.  Despite the reduced diet I don't seem to be loosing any weight - quite the opposite and I am a very active person.  I have seem three different doctors and they all look at my like I am crazy - I am now seeing a new doctor because no one should go through 24 hours of pain for days in a row.   One doctor thought my intestine was getting caught up under the rib cage - possibly causing a back up and the bloated sensation????  If I find out anything further from my new doctor I will post immediately.  Before going - you have no idea how happy I was to find this site - I thought I was all alone with this.
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A related discussion, pain after removing gall bladder was started.
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same problem here...you can almost feel the outline of your liver with the pressure.  I have had all the tests, blood work, ct, etc. Docs say nothing wrong! I have been taking way too much vicodin (500 mg acetominifin) for the last 3 years and drink on occasion. I have stopped the vicodin 1 week ago and the pain stopped, but, I had dinner with my neighbor last nite, drank a glass of wine and was up all nite  due to the nagging ache in my right side. I read that the liver will heal  itself over time, but, will the damage cause failure 10, 20 years from now? I am 40 and generally in good health except for chronic neck pain. I started taking milk thistle today, hope it works! Any words of wisdom out there? Should I insist on a biopsy?
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I had the same symptoms for five years. Ultra sound found nothing. This pass January I went for anouther ultra sound and they found gall stones. I had my gall bladder removed on 3/8/02. The doctor said my gall bladder was healthy, and there were a few stones. I wondered if I should of had it removed, but if it stops the pain I was having for the last five years I would do it again. I know how you feel when you say you think the doctors don't believe you have this pain. I too felt that way, but when the pain continued I made sure they continued to check it out. I never knew if I was having a gall bladder attack or a heart attack, and I wanted to know the difference. Don't give up, because you never have to go through that type of pain, keep going back until they find what the pain is from.
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Wow, I just posted a message asking for help with the same thing.  I know exactly what you mean about the wadded up sock feeling, and the waistband issue. I hope to resolve this soon as it is turning into problems with dizziness.
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My discomfort started about 6 mos ago. I thought I had a stomach ulcer b/c of pain after eating and also during the night like indigestion or something accompanied by bloating. At Christmas it was even worse, so I went to my primary care physician who then sent me to a gastro doctor. They then sent me for xrays (abd ultrasound & CC HIde A Scan test). This showed them I had a collapsed gall bladder or biliary dyskinesia.  I am going to have my gall bladder removed on 3/18. HOpefully this discomfort under my ribs will stop!
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get tested for H. Pylori. Its a bacteria that can cause all the symptoms listed here.
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Something to consider would be angina. It can present differently in women than in men. Women feel it in their upper abdomen or upper back. I myself get angina from a coronary artery spasm as well as tachycardia. I feel it in my chest and when it's really bad it's between my shoulder blades.
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I am 30. Am I a little young for that? They seem to be certain it's my gall bladder.
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I doubt you have angina at 30 but it's not unheard of. I'm 37 and female and started getting it last year. It doesn't really sound like it since you say it's present all the time and tight clothing make it worse, and your skin is sensitive. It was just a thought since your tests are all ok for liver, gallbladder, etc.
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Maybe you have stones in your bile duct.  I have experienced pain for the last 2 years.  I had a complete hysterectomy, gallbladder removed, surgeries testing my bladder nad kidneys.  I was in the hospital over the weekend and they told me I had a stone in my appendix but that was not causing my pain.  Has anyone ever heard of this.  I am at my wits end with this pain.  It is in my lower right side and under my right rib cage.  I am going back to the doctor and demanding the run a test to see if I have stones in my bile duct.  If you have experienced anything like this or know anything about this matter , please email me at ***@****.  Thanks!!
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just found this site- what a god send- you people are experiencing the same things i am- just had ultrasound fone this am.. she said there was a little sludge around my gallbladder- please someone can you tell me if i get my gallbladder removed will i be "all better" is that the best solution is that what the problem is- i mean do we really really need our gallbladder


signed


scared and confused :(
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No, I had mine removed in 1999 and still have the problem.  I too had a sludgy gallbladder. I have never to date had a diagnosis.
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I had my gallbladder out in Dec of 1997.  Before that I used to have such bad Gallbladder attacks to where my lips would turn purple and blue because it would hurt to bad to take a breath.  It hurt under my right rib cage, right in between my breastbone, through to my back in between my shoulder baldes.  It was so horrible.  I thought I was going to die.  I was convinced I was going to die.  It wasn't that I couldn't breathe, because I could breathe just fine, it just hurt to bad to breathe during an attack.  Once I had mine out, I was so much better.  AT first you have to take it easy and see how your body reacts to certain foods.  What I mean by that is, some foods like soicy foods, ( mexican, italian, etc.), may give you diarreah.  But I didnt have a problem with that.  Just depends on the person I guess.  But know we don't really need our Gallbladders.

Smokeater.
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Sorry also wanted to tell you to put your mind at rest as well, the surgery for Gallbldder, is no big deal.  It's usually an overnight surgery, and go home the next day.  It's laproscopic meaning they use little scopes so they don't have to make a huge incision in your stomach like the old days.  They make one about 1 inch long right along the edge of your belly button, so you never see it, one right below the breast bone about 1 inch lone horizontially as well, another off to the right of that one about 4 inches that is about 1/2 inch long horizontally, and another one from the right of that one about 3 inches from it that about 1/4-1/2 inches long in diameter horizontialy.  Now your first day you will be somewhat soar because of the muscles they go through to get it but nothing worse then a pulled muscle really.  If you have ever done alot , and I do mean alot of sit ups and your stomach just got really soar from it for a few days, thats all it feels like, only they give you pain pills for this.  Hope that helps you some.

Smokeater.:-)
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Hi all:
I too experienced the same type of pain being described in this thread, and I had my gallbladder removed in Oct 2001.  I did not have gall stones, however there was a lot of sludge and my gallbladder was stretched beyond belief.  The surgery was a piece of cake and I went home the same night.  However, I am still experiencing pain in my right rib cage, which radiates to my back and my ribs actually feel bruised.  Just wondering if anyone experienced this after gall bladder surgery.  I think it's a phantom pain:)
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Yes, I still feel this pain from time to time.  the dr. told me when I had mine out that it could take years for my body to fully recognize that my gallbladder was no longer there.  So although My attacks are nowhere near what they were, THANK GOD!!!, I still sometimes feel like I am having a very mild one and the doctor told me that was very normal.
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I am 26 and was on Vicodin for a hurniated disc....i just had two steriod (depo-medrol) shots and I am PAIN FREE!!! that stuff is awesome...no pain meds here anymore...just an idea...they worked for me so far  :o)  I am afraid my liver is shot from all the Tylonal and Mortin i have done the past 4 yrs.  maybe you have a Pain Clinic/Center near you?
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I was just told by my doctor, following a yearly physical that I have elevated liver enzymes.  She wants to send me to a specialist.  I just recently have gone through eight months of
treatment for a huge kidney stone.  I have 7 lithotripsys and was generally put through the mill.  Now this.  Does anyone know if the kidney stones treatments could have anything to do with the elevated enzymes?  I sure hate going to another specialist again and all the tests and stuff...I hate doctors and I just feel that they are so quick to do "another test."  Anyone have any comments.  I don't drink in excess nor do I take rx's other than the estrogen patch.

Comments please.  Thanks.
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I have the same symptoms.  32 y/o male.
1993 - intense ring of pain in upper abdomen, trigered by some heavy drinking/not eating on time.  ONLY solved by drinking lots of water and vomiting.  NOTHING else cured it.  Ocurred about every 6 weeks for 3 years, almost gone now.
1996 - Out of nowhere, pressure under right side ribcage, some mild pain and heartburn.  NO stomach problems.  CT scans, Barium Enema, Sono, X-Ray, HIDA, show nothing. Blood OK.
MUST go to toilet 10 mins after heavy meal (serious).  Violent diarrea and then ok to go.  Seating at work for too long, not eating on time, tight pants/belt make it worst.  Type of food has no effect.
Feels like a ball in there but can not feel anything.  Sometimes area is sensitive, but may be because of massaging it to get the pressure to go.
Lately, a MILD sharp pain, non rythmic, just 1 or 2 pinches and ok.
NOW THIS!!! : PALPITATIONS, SKIPPING A BEAT AND THEN 2 RAPID BEATS. Ocurring near meals after long periods w/o food.
EKG. heart sono, stress test, all OK.
Read something about Dumping S.
Anyone has a better idea than my CIGNA Dr, who thinks it's on my mind and I create illneses?
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I had a similar problem and thought I might have liver problems. I went to see the doctor and it was determined that it was muscular pain. At your place, I would still go see the doctor to have peace of mind! Good luck!
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I am experiencing the same kind of pain you are talking about. Pressure under the right rib that extends into the rib cage and to my back under the shoulder blade. It has been constant now for the last 6 months, it is only the severity that changes. I had my gallbladder removed 20 years ago. I am now 54. I also have fibromyalgia. I am on estrogen after a complete hysterecomy 5 years ago and never experience any night sweats until last week. Every night I wake with sereve sweating.  During the day it also happens around my mid section. I bloat after a large dinner meal so I only eat small meals now. My gastrologist wants to send me to a surgeon . He thinks it's possible that adhesions have formed from my large 6 inch scar from the gallbladder surgery. And it also feels like there is a sock under my rib cage that is wadded up. Twisting , gnawing, burning pain. The burning pain can sometimes get so intense.  With all of us experiencing the same kind of pain, don't you think that doctors could tell us what is wrong?? I have had so many tests and surgeries, I really can't handle the thought of more! Anyone else have advice or these symptoms???
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I get this pain two--after a xray they found a huge gas pocket the size of a soccer ball. It has pushed in the diapham and has reduded my lung capasity. the pain moves as the gas moves.
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What did you do? Is it still there?
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I had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago and found that I still had a pain in my right side sometimes after eating. It was kind of like a cramp but more uncomfortable then anything else. I now do the liver cleanse and have flushed over 2000 "gallstones" from my liver. I did 10 flushes 2 weeks apart cost was less then $5.00 a cleanse and all the ingredients come from the grocery store. I got rid of the pain in my side, headaches and skin rash. I have loads more energy. It took me over 3 months after I got the recipe to try it but I finally did and am really glad I did. I am not sure if it will help ya'll but it did loads of stuff for me. I also did not due the parasite cleanse before doing the liver cleanse and I had no problem flushing the stones. I also tried drinking organic apple juice a few days prior to the cleanse. I did not fast but just drank 2 glasses a day for 3 days prior (must be room temperature) That also helps break down the "stones" in your liver. That worked well too as when I did the flush the stones were already crumbling. (and I really hate apple juice) I have noted a few web sites FYI. I would also recommend a colon cleanse for some of you. Might try it prior to the cleanse. You don't have to believe in everything noted on these web-sites but the liver cleanse does work.

http://curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DrClark-testimonials/
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It has been 2 1/2 weeks since my gall bladder surgery. It took a while for my bloating to go away (and it hasn't completely gone away) but I feel better. I have been having to take Aciphex for some gas pain in my stomach but other than that I have had no upset stomach. The surgery went well and I left the hospital the same day but was in pain for the next 2-3 days. Still feeling sluggish and just don't have any energy whatsoever. Hopefully this will subside.  I have been able to eat whatever but drinking wine does bother me. I hope this doesn't continue!
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