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Old 06-07-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Is this pain my back or an inside organ?

Hi there, I am having some back right in the middle of the right side of my back, below my shoulder. I would say the pain is about at the bottom of my rib cage, not under it. The pain changes when I move -- it will go away in the right position or hurt more. It is dull and basically sits there. I don't notice pain when I first wake up in the morning, just after I've gotten up and sat down somewhere. I don't have any other symptoms and am a 25-year-old female. My only ongoing health issue is hyperthyroidism (Grave's Disease).

I don't have any problems I am aware of. Several years ago my blood tests were coming up that I had a fatty liver or some sort of liver issue, but ultrasounds didn't find anything unusual about my liver. My doctor thought maybe a medication of mine was giving me a false positive in my blood work. Several months ago, blood tests for my adrenal levels were too high. I worried about tumors in my kidney, but when I re-tested, the levels were fine. Other than that, my health insurance ended about two months ago, so I'm past the days of getting ultrasounds to feel better. I did have an ultrasound a few months ago because of intermittent dull pain in my abdomen and pelvis, but nothing was found and the pains have mostly gone away, but I still get little pains here and there.

My immediate concern is always cancer. I think I have somewhat of paranoia about it because when everything is wrong with me, I assume and fear cancer. What should I make of this pain back I've had for a couple days? Could it be my back itself or something inside of me? I tried two ibuprofen today but the pain didn't go away. At what point do I go to the doctor?

 
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: Is this pain my back or an inside organ?

If it lasts for a week or more, go see your doctor.

If I understand your description correctly, your pain is located where your kidney is. I'm no doctor, so I couldn't tell you what might be wrong, but I do know it could be quite a few different things, many of which are minor and easily treated. Don't panic!

I wish you the best,
Emily

 
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