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Lower right back pain

Hello.

My girlfriend has been experiencing sharp, throbbing pain in her lower right back around her ribcage for the last two days. This pain radiates to her stomach, causing nausea. The pain isn’t constant, it’s sporadic. She feels fine when the pain isn’t occurring. Lying down versus sitting up seems to make no difference. This pain is something she hasn’t experienced before and she’s not pregnant. It’s not as bad today as it was yesterday. She just started P90-X and Piloxing workout programs prior to this pain, so there may be a correlation there. Neither of us have money for a visit to the doctor, and we have no medical insurance either. Any helpful insight or advice is much appreciated.

Thanks!
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1711789 tn?1361311607
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Hi there!

Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of her pain. Likely possibilities that may need to be considered include gastritis, genito-urinary infections, GI infections/ inflammations, pancreatitis, spinal or neuro-muscular issues etc. You could try some OTC antacids and see if these tend to make a difference to the pain. If this does not help and there is no history of gastritis nor pain around the lower border of the chest bone, OTC tylenol/ NSAIDS may be tried (needless to say if any of these is present, tylenol/ NSAIDS are better avoided). In either case it is best advised to see a primary care physician to rule out the mentioned possibilities and for appropriate management.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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