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Pain on right side, under ribcage, front & back.

I have been having sharp pains on my Right Side, under my Rib Cage. It started yesterday, but it was no where near this bad. It gets worse when I breathe, sit up, walk, or turn my body. It is even uncomfortable when I lay down but that & not taking deep breathes is the only way I can even bare it. It is swollen where I am in pain which like Isaid is at the bottom of my rib cage. I feel it in the front which is where it is swollen & I also feel it in my back. I don't think my back is swollen also but I do not know. It is so painful but I do not have insurance to go to the doctor. Please help. My hands are shaking I'm in so much pain.
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I am an 18 year old female. I have had a kidney stone before, but this isn't the same pain & it wasn't swollen.
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It sounds like gallbladder disease.  A stone might be caught in the duct causing you pain.  You really should see a doctor - but you can help yourself a little - pour about 1/2 cup of cooking oil in a cup and then some grapefruit juice.  Mix this and drink it... sometimes it will dislodge the stone and you will get some relief.  However, this will happen again and again until you get your gallbladder removed. - Gallbladder usually hurts upper right quadrant - under the ribs around to the back and up to the shoulder. -  You might want to make some changes to your diet also, no fried foods after this.
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Silverfox is right it does sound like gallbladder. However you may have a stone stuck in your bile duct. Insurance or not you need to get to a dr or hospital. If the stone is too big it will not pass through the duct and it can cause your gallbladder to rupture. I had mine removed last year. Thank God it was caught in time. I had started having issues with heart burn and noticed I would have severe pain that felt like (in my imagination) a heart attack that would last about a hour to all night then go away. I finally went to the dr and they found the stone. It was only two weeks between the ultrasound and my surgery but in that time I noticed anytime I ate or drank anything, even water, I would have a huge lump right under my right breast and I would have a gallbladder attack. It was discovered during my surgery that the largest stone had became wedged in my bile duct and had caused my gallbladder to become infected. It was bad enough that my surgeon said if I had waited even one more day it would have ruptured.

Here is a link to one of the sites I looked up for info on my gallbladder. http://www.gallbladderattack.com/ I hope this helps. Best wishes to you, Sissie
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I am so glad that your doctors discovered the stone blocking the duct!  Thanks to God.  - My gallbladder was filled with sludge and there appeared to be black pepper in my stool. (I hate pepper so I knew it wasn't that).  The hidascan showed everything was normal - but I continued to have pain so the surgeon removed the shriveled up gall bladder.  
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Please go see a doctor ASAP - we don't want anything bad to happen to you!
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I was very luck and God was on my side there was a miscommunication with the nurse that was scheduling me with the surgeon and it took a few days to get in touch with her. While I was on the phone with her she decided to go ahead and call the surgeon and they just happened to have a cancellation for the next day. If things had not gone exactly that way my gallbladder would have burst and I would have been in serious trouble.

Glad you had yours taken care of too, they are very painful. I also found out that you can develop a pouch where your gallbladder was and it can get stones that cause problems!! Right after I had mine taken out I was talking to a friend and her mother was going to have her stone removed, she had her gallbladder removed 20 some years ago and it developed the pouch. LOL Just fyi, I hope I never have to go through that again! Best wishes, Sissie
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How thankful I am to God that our doctors went ahead with our surgeries!!  Both of us could've had a bad ending. -  Thanks too for the info on the possibility of a pouch forming - I have an appt. with a gastroenterologist coming up and I will mention that to him.
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You and me both! He works wonders when we need it doesn't He! Let me know what your gastro says please! I want to know if I need to worry about a pouch! lol. Sorry it took so long to respond. Best wishes, Sissie
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My appt. is July 1rst.  I'll let you know what he finds/says.
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