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should i be concerned? right epigastric pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 9, 2007
  • 06:01 AM

I have an intense pain in the right side of my upper abdominal, lower chest area, just around the bottom of my ribcage. The pain is very sharp at times, and sometimes it doesn't trouble me much. I've noticed that the pain grows/weakens depending on the position of my body. Also when I cough (I am a quitting smoker with a chronic cough and have been diagnosed with asthma recently) or breathe in quickly the pain gets worse. About a year ago I was diagnosed with IBS, but I've been able to cope with that by monitoring my fat intake and with stress management. This pain started about a week ago and the area where the pain is localized has been slightly swollen and tender. I'm not sure if this is a related symptom, but I've also had a very painful lower back for a few days without signs of relent. I've been running around the web in circles trying to figure out if I should be concerned or if this could be a normal somehow. Any ideas?

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  • Also, if this is helpful, I'm a 22 yr old female. All input welcome and appreciated. Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 06:35 AM
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  • I'm afraid I can't offer many answers but I have exactly the same symptoms.I'm in my 30's and had my gall bladder removed a year ago.Since then, i've been having what I thought was acid reflux (particularly at night) not relieved most of the time by antacids.Fatty food made pain worse.Well, the last few weeks, the discomfort has grown into fairly steady pain - just below my ribcage on the right hand side, although also in the middle of my abdomen below my ribcage.Also, now, any food makes me feel bad after eating it.I also have constant lower back pain, which has now also spread to between my shoulders.I went to the doctor's this week (I would advise you to do the same) and have had tests ordered, including blood and urine,to test kidney and liver function, and probably to look at my pancreas too.Your symptoms are similar to the ones I had prior to having my gallbladder out (so mine aren't down to that) - do you get pain in your right shoulder blade too?Do you get attacks of pain, or is it constant?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 07:44 PM
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  • To me, your symptoms all point to your gall bladder. You may have stones or it just went bad. I had your same symptoms and had my gall bladder out when I was 19. I'd definitely go to the doctor and get it checked out. As to the unregistered person who responded to this post, your symptoms may just be from not having your gall bladder anymore. Symptoms I still have. Glad you are getting it checked out though. Just my opinions.God Bless.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 06:00 PM
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  • I kept having strong cramps and sharp pain in my upper stomach area. They checked my gall bladder and did a upper GI scope. It showed I had a slight case of Gastritis, so they gave a prescription and sent me on my way. About a month later, the office called me back in. They said my biopsy showed I had a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. It was treated with a heavy dose of antibiotics. For the most part, I feel better. I still struggle with some issues, but not the bad cramps I use to have.
    bigscarylesbo 2 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 09:45 PM
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  • I have been having the same exact problems for about two and a half months. I am being treated for an ulcer from the doctor, about two weeks into it with the Nexium/antibiotics and some pills to coat my stomach 4 times a day and a mostly liquid diet. My symptoms started as upper stomach right under rib cage would get so tight it would make me sick about 20 minutes after I eaten and I would throw up until my stomach was empty. The pain has been unbearable. Now seems my stomach is not as tight and struggling with intense pressure of pain is to a minimum but my back is getting worse the middle area right under my bra line. If I take one bite of food or eat a cracker or drink any water it causes what feels like by back is swelling up/out or something and it is the worst kinda to the right side. Had my blood test done again for the H pylori Bacteria and it has taken over two weeks to get it back. I feel like I am having a hard time even catching my breath and fatigued. I hope that I have been diagnosed right this pain is terrible. I also have vicioin pain pills but they do not help to relieve the back pain right now, but do help with my upper stomach cramping down.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 03:17 AM
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  • Hi!I am 27 yrs old, and last month, had an emergency c-section because I had developed HELLP Syndrome (Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes, Low Platelets), with associated gestational hypertension, and proteinuria. (No known cause for HELLP Syndrome, and I've never been hypertensive in my life!)ANYWAY, just hours prior to my c-section, I was having really bad, continuous, and throbbing right epigastric pains (just deep to my lower right rib cage). I found out, that was due to my liver (elevated liver enzymes), "crying for help" (as the doc's put it). Now, today, I was experiencing the exact same pains for about 20 minutes. My doctor is away, and I don't want to go see an emergency doctor (yet...b/c I don't know if it's anything quite real, yet)...All I know is that prior to the delivery of my baby (which is the only known cure for HELLP syndrome), my liver was getting quite sick, and I was told I was very close to having a seizure, and potentially going into a coma, as things were that bad. So...I haven't experienced any discomfort in that area since it happened 4 hrs ago..but, I've just been worrying for a bit, and I work within the Health System, and I don't really fancy going to the emergency waiting room, especially if it's just my mind, or body, playing "tricks" on me. Any suggestions?
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