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Dull pain/discomfort in right side

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 9, 2009
  • 10:20 PM

I hope this is a place I can post for help.

About a year ago I felt a pop in my right abdomen. I was holding my pee during a meeting and when I got up and opened the door after the meeting I felt the pop. I went to the bathroom and peed expecting to see blood or something, but it looked normal. After that I started sweating and just had a really bad/sick feeling. A few minutes passed and I felt ok except for my right abdomen feeling warm and uncomfortable. There was a dull pain but the pain wasn't bad and I could move around fine. The worse feeling was just an uncomfortable feeling.

I went to the doctor about a week later still feeling uncomfortable. He did an ultrasound and did not find anything. By this time there was still a dull pain. After I ate it especially felt uncomfortable. Also when I picked things up by the waist I could feel sort of a pulling, like a muscle pull or cramping.

Anyway, this has been going on for a year. Sometimes I feel no pain and sometimes the pain is there. It's never been very painful. I notice these symptoms:



When I pick something up or move a certain way I feel a pain similar to a muscle pain or cramp in my right abdomen.
I noticed recently when I tense my stomach muscles my right side is not the same as the left. There is sort of a dip or hole around where the sometimes pain occurs. I don't know if it was there before the pop or not though.
I notice I can no longer eat as much as before and I quickly get full.
After I eat my right side feel very uncomfortable. Sometimes I feel like something is going to burst, but there is not much pain, just a very dull pain and sort of tension/pressure feeling.
I often feel a general "sick" feeling in my right side, like a stomach ache or tenderness.
After eating I notice I have to do a bowel movement more than I used to. Sometimes I can't hold it and need to go.
Related to the above, sometimes I feel when I do a bowel movement not everything comes out and I need to go again later.
In the beginning of the day I feel pretty fine and when I don't eat much I don't feel much discomfort. However, by the end of the day when I lay down to sleep my right side feels like it's under pressure. Bending my knees while lying down on my back helps. Lying on my side also helps.

I went back to my doctor since I just don't feel normal. He did another ultrasound. This time he said he saw a spot in my kidney so now I'm going to do a CT scan. The strange thing is once he said he saw a spot I started feeling pain in my kidney and feeling worse than I normally do! I hope that part is just mental...

I've been reading a lot of forums and sites and some re-assure me but then others scare me. At this point I'm really worried. I'm apprehensive about the CT scan... half hoping nothing is found but half hoping something is found because I know deep down something is not right since I've been like this for a year.

Anyway, thank you for reading and if you might have an idea as to what I might be facing please post.

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  • I had my CT scan and they found a small nodule in my right kidney. My doctor said I have to follow up with an ultrasound in 6 months to see if it's anything to be concerned about. Right now it is too small to tell but he said it does not look like cancer.But, he said that should not cause the pain I am having, so that's a separate issue I guess. He is going to refer me to a specialist for a colonoscopy. He said it could be a muscle problem or irritable bowels...I still don't know what the problem might be. :confused:Recently I've been having heart palpitations too. I hope it's just because I'm so worried...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2009
    • 10:20 PM
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  • HiI am very glad I found this post as i've been trying to find a way of describing how I feel and I feel exactly the same as you. I too have these feelings and discomfort in my right side around the kidney area. Sometimes I can go a week without this feeling but then I will have it for weeks on end. I get this pulling feeling and it feels like my rib on the right side is digging into something below it and sometimes I feel like something is going to burst. I mostly get this feeling after I eat or when I get bad nerves. I'm not sure if nerves are related. I had an ultrasound scan and all they found were polyps in my gallbladder and one rather large one. I have been given an appointment to see a specialist in Gastroenterology but I have a feeling this will come to nothing. I am desperate the same as you to find a solution to this as I feel like I cant take part in normal activites sometimes and find myself making the same excuse to friends that I am in pain and cannot come out.I believe your heart papertations are due to being worried about this problem and what it could be. I have suffered from panic attacks in the past so I know how it feels. Just concentrate on your breathing slowly and the fast beating should calm down.I'm sorry I am unable to help at this time but I'd like to know how your getting on and I will let you know an update on my situation after my appointment on 28th April.I had my CT scan and they found a small nodule in my right kidney. My doctor said I have to follow up with an ultrasound in 6 months to see if it's anything to be concerned about. Right now it is too small to tell but he said it does not look like cancer.But, he said that should not cause the pain I am having, so that's a separate issue I guess. He is going to refer me to a specialist for a colonoscopy. He said it could be a muscle problem or irritable bowels...I still don't know what the problem might be. :confused:Recently I've been having heart palpitations too. I hope it's just because I'm so worried...
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  • Hi I am very glad I found this post as i've been trying to find a way of describing how I feel and I feel exactly the same as you. I too have these feelings and discomfort in my right side around the kidney area. Sometimes I can go a week without this feeling but then I will have it for weeks on end. I get this pulling feeling and it feels like my rib on the right side is digging into something below it and sometimes I feel like something is going to burst. I mostly get this feeling after I eat or when I get bad nerves. I'm not sure if nerves are related. I had an ultrasound scan and all they found were polyps in my gallbladder and one rather large one. I have been given an appointment to see a specialist in Gastroenterology but I have a feeling this will come to nothing. I am desperate the same as you to find a solution to this as I feel like I cant take part in normal activites sometimes and find myself making the same excuse to friends that I am in pain and cannot come out. I believe your heart papertations are due to being worried about this problem and what it could be. I have suffered from panic attacks in the past so I know how it feels. Just concentrate on your breathing slowly and the fast beating should calm down. I'm sorry I am unable to help at this time but I'd like to know how your getting on and I will let you know an update on my situation after my appointment on 28th April.
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  • Hi Ant, Thank you for replying. I hope that you are able to find out what is causing your pain. I did have a colonoscopy and an endoscopy about a week ago and the doctor said he didn't see anything during the procedure, but they took some biopsies and are doing tests. I'm supposed to go back in a month for a follow up. I still have a pain sometimes, but recently it has not been bad. On some days I forget all about it, but sometimes when I move a certain way I can feel a twinge in my side. It is strange because when I think about it, it sometimes gets worse so perhaps nerves do have something to do with it. My hope is that it's just a muscle problem. I certainly have not been my normal self as I'm always worrying about what could be wrong. I think the worrying and anxiety just makes things worse. I also tend to avoid normal activities that I think might make the pain worse.
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  • Hey, so no joy for you at the moment then, good news your pain has eased and that they didnt find anything major with the colonscopy. I've got a feeling I might have to have one of them and it doesn't sound too nice having that done so i'm worrying about that already. Its amazing how your mind can control everything and anxiety is a very tough thing to deal with. Hang in there mate, I'd reccommend listening to some calming stuff, i've got this hypnosis audio book on my iphone thats pretty good. I'd be so relieved to get rid of this feeling, it's been suggested to me about IBS as well but I dont really eat that badly and I dont really drink alcohol either. The only thing I do need to start is drinking more Water, It could even be a problem with kidney stones but that hasn't been mentioned by the doctor or the guy that did my ultrasound scan. Take it easy and let me know how you get on with your check up if thats ok
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  • Hi again I have today had an appt with a specialist and I have been diagnosed from my symptoms with something called nonulcer dyspepsia. I thought i'd better let you know so you can mention in when you next have a check up. I've got to have an endoscopy soon so they can have a proper look, i've also been given a prescription for Ranitidine and Domperidone to help. Hope your doing ok. Anthony
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  • Hi, I have similar symptom, but I have been having diarrhea stool ever since the pain. In addition, slot more gases.
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