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Right Upper Quadrant Pain Radiating to R Shoulder, Normal Gallbladder

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 28, 2010
  • 07:52 PM

Right Upper Quadrant Pain Radiating to R Shoulder, Normal Gallbladder

I am a 32 year old caucasian female with no health problems other then moderate obesity.

I have almost constant RUQ pain that wraps around my right side all the way to my back under my right shoulder blade. It gets worse when I am physically active using my upper body (abdominal and arm) muscles, when I eat a large meal, or sit in tight pants with a full stomach. The pain feels somewhat like muscular cramping. At it's mildest it's 1/10 on the pain scale, and at worst it's 8/10. When at it's worst, it can be relieved significantly by lying on my back.

My gallbladder, liver, kidneys and other abdominal organs are normal per abdominal ultrasound. No other abnormal GI symptoms.

I can't palpate any area that is sore, nor does palpating where I have this pain (in my back or abdomen) make it better or worse. I do occasionally feel the sensation of something popping out under my ribcage when I sometimes cough, sneeze, or bend over (but not always, and I don't know how to do this). I can't see any lumps, indentations or protrusions through my skin.

I have a referral to a GI specialist pending, but am wondering what this could be. If it's a hernia, what type could it be? I don't know of any hernias that could occur in this region of the abdomen with these symptoms.

Any ideas? Thanks

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