the tightness in my back began over the last couple of days and seems to be getting better, it runs from beneath my right shoulder blade to my right hip
also, i am a big guy, with known lower vertebrae issues
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Right upper abdominal pain can be due to cholecystitis (inflammation of gall bladder), stones in gall bladder, abscess under the diaphragm, liver problems or due to duodenal ulcer. If this is in the chest area, it can also be due to costochondritis (inflammation of the joint between rib and sternum. The inflammation around the joint area gives sharp pain on taking a breath. This can also cause tenderness on pressing the area which pains.
Since you do not have access to medical staff, it will be really tough to diagnose. Try and eliminate costochondritis by seeing if that area is tender or whether change of posture causes change in pain. If this is the case, application of local analgesic along with heat pad may help. Take OTC antacids and cut down on caffeine, smoking, fuzzy drinks, spicy food etc. See if this helps.
If nothing helps, you would need to consult a doctor. Keep a watch on the color of the eyes, urine for jaundice.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Thank you very much for the advice. I will apply this and let you know.
Thus far, my eyes show no yellowing and my urine appears normal.
I have tested deep and rapid breathing, and I do not experience any change in discomfort or pain due to this.
I have noticed that I am discomfort / pain free when I wake up.
When I feel discomfort at time for bed, I've noticed that the feeling changes based on which side of my body I am laying on.
Also, I feel like the discomfort in my upper right abdomen and right side feels like it's near the surface of my skin or shallow under my skin.
It makes me think that it's in my muscle or lymph system, but I'm just guessing at this point.
Approximately 2 weeks ago, I worked from my bed for 3 days. During that time, i experienced no discomfort / pain.