I have been experiencing pain in my right side at the bottom of my rib cage for the past several months. The pain gets worse after I eat certain foods, and worse when I am sitting down or lying on the right side. When I am sitting it feels like something is squeezing my rib cage very tightly. The pain sometimes radiates to my back and up to my shoulder blade. When I lay on my back I sometimes feel a squeezing, contracting,sensation. The pain is almost always present it just varies in severity.
After first experiencing the pain for several days, i woke in the night with extreme burning pain. My stomach felt tight and full. No position could ease the pain. I eventually vomited a bile like substance and had a low temp of 100. My doctor said I should go to the ER . They did a CT scan and found that I had a partial small bowel obstruction. At this point the pain moved to the center of my stomach, around my belly button. The pain was severe contracting pains. I spent two days in the hospital on I.V's and liquid diet. It took about 4 days after until I regained my strength. But, the right side pain never went away.
Since then I have had a colonoscopy, a lower abdomen/bowel C.T with contrast, an upper abdomen ultrasound and so far have no answers. I went to a G.I specialist and he really thought it was from the gallbladder ,but the ultrasound shows no stones.
All of this has taken place over a three month period and I am getting so tired of living with this pain daily.
He indicated That he would like to do an upper G.I. to look for ulcers, but I have had an ulcer before and this feels nothing like it!! It is under my ribs and not in my stomach!! I just feel like it would be a waste of time and money. I really feel that it has something to do with my gallbladder. I feel like just telling him to take it out anyway, but with everything I read about post gallbladder removal pain, I'm kinda nervous about it!!
I just want to go back to normal life without daily pain!