Every time I raise my leg to tie my shoes I get a really sharp pain under my right rib cage. It takes my breath away. It is not muscular - much sharper and doesn't cause any problems except when I bend over to tie my shoes. Any ideas?
I am having pain similar to this. I'm female, 30 and in good health. I've had pain in my right side below my ribcage, right next to my belly button for 9 months. It travels a little between being an inch to the right of my navel and over to my side/waist.
I've had no other symptoms. Bowel movements haven't changed, though I wouldn't call them regular (every day, if that's "regular) but normal for what I've had all my life. No diarrhea, no heartburn, nothing. Just this pain. It comes and goes in varying degrees. I kept a food diary for a few months and nothing pointed out any patterns as far as allergies or deficiencies. I eat very well, plenty of fiber and variety, and I exercise, though less often than before because the pain increases with activity. It's definitely not muscular, though.
I had a CT and a HIDA. They said my gall bladder function was only slightly below normal and nothing to consider surgery over. The CT showed nothing and they recommeded I get another in 6 months (which is now). A gastroenterologist put me on Levbid but that made the pain worse so he ruled out IBS.
Any ideas? I thought it might be stress but the pain got worse on vacation LOL! We're all stumped over here and I just wish I knew what was going on. I've read many posts here and haven't found anything similar because I haven't had problems with BM or vomiting or heartburn, but I feel like we're in the same boat.
yourdensity that is the exact spot where my pain is had it for over 7 weeks now. my ct scan showed a stone so i had my gallbladder out 2 weeks ago since my surgery i still have the pain on my right side next to my belly button and it travels towards my waist i have no clue what it is.
Its not real painful but its annoying because no one knows what it is.
i did have a cyst on my kidney pole so i dont know if its related.
I can relate to your pain. I have had pain since January when I ended up in the hospital on high doses of narcotics to kill the pain and had many tests that didn't prove anything. All the tests came out normal. I know from three years ago when I had simular trouble that I have a pancreatic divisum where I have more than one duct in the pancreas , all they can see is that one duct is working fine the other they can't tell. One doctor doesn't know what more to do. Another doesn't want to try to do anything as long as I have symptoms.
I have an appointment at Mass General Hospital this coming week hopfully the doctor there will have an idea as to what the trouble is if it is the pancreas or not.
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yourdensity, I could have written your post myself. I am suffering from the same pain, and all my tests have appeared normal. I've had MRI's, CT scans, ultrasounds, xrays, bone scans, several blood tests, obgyn exams and everything has been normal. Now my doc is scheduling me for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. Please tell me more about your pain and what you were doing when you noticed it. And please keep me updated with your future tests, maybe we can help each other!
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yourdensity - yes I think a good doctor can tell the difference between a cyst and something else on the liver. I have a cyst on my liver found incidentally on ultrasound. They said to recheck it in 6 months, but they are quite common and benign.
I also have a cyst on my liver for many years, benign and extremely common. We have cysts all over, I also have one on my kidney. In fact, every time I get an MRI for something like an athletic injury or gastro thing, they find cysts. Scary to see on a report but my doc told me they're almost always nothing.
Please tell me more about your pain and what you were doing when you noticed it. And please keep me updated with your future tests, maybe we can help each other!
I will, thanks!
About my pain... I noticed it last August. I remember the day exactly because we were trying to rent a truck to move some furniture and it was getting stessful. The pain had me doubled over. It was very hot that day and later I almost passed out from the heat. I thought it was all the stress and the heat but since then, the pain comes and goes with no link to stress levels or eating habits or anything else.
It's funny, after both CT scans, the pain went away completely for a few days. Maybe I should start drinking barium every day? LOL! Not!
Wow! My pain began while jumping up and down on a mini trampoline during an aerobics class. Keep me posted on your pain and let me know if you find some sort of diagnosis. I will keep you posted as well! Goodluck!
I also have this same pain and now after reading some of the posts here I'm more convinced then ever that its some sort of abdomen strain since I began to feel this after a workout. You see I also have gallstones and so I've been confused as to which it is - abdomen or gallbladder. My doctor thinks its abdomen because if I change positions, I can make the pain diminish or even disappear and he says that gallbladder pain would not do something like that. Now, I'm reading one person felt it after being on a trampoline, another moving furniture and me after ab crunches.
I wasn't moving furniture, I was on the phone calling truck rental companies
However, it does hurt sometimes when I work out. Still, I'm positive it's not a muscle strain. It's lasted almost a year now and it feels much different than muscle pain, which I've had before. I'm not saying your pain isn't, just wanted to clarify that mine didn't start with physical activity.
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I too have that pain, an inch or so to the right of the belly button. I had my gall bladder out in April, along with a blood tumor (hemangioma) on my liver and when I went to my 6 week follow-up I told the surgeon. He had me cough and pressed around my navel then said.. not a hernia. He didn't seem to be too worried because he didn't send me for further testing.
btw, all that surgery was because I had started out with pain under the right rib cage.
Hmmmm now its all sounding very mysterious. I had a pretty bad gallbladder attack back in October. The initial attack lasted five or six hours but I felt pretty bruised inside for about a week but then all pain diminished and that was that. I had an ultra sound and of course they found stones but nothing else. Everything looked to be in good order. A few months after, this pain began. It would happen when I'd bend down or twist a bit and if I was sitting for awhile I'd feel it in my back. I was concerned it was my liver and so I went to see a doctor who said it was either gallbladder or some abdominal strain. He examoned me, pressed here and there but its not that sort of pain. I can press everywhere and never find it but all I have to do is bend down a bit and there it is ... right side under the ribs. I can live with it but I'd sure like to know what it is just so I can rule out something serious. The doctor gave me some sort of muscle relaxer and a generic version of Aleeve which I don't bother with since I already know it'll do a number on my stomach. The muscle relaxer seems to dull the stab sensation but I'm not even sure its doing anything.