about 5 or 6 days ago i started having somewhat of a dull pain in my right side. sometimes its in the front, sometimes directly on the side, and sometimes it moves to my lower back. it occasionally feels like it could be a strained muscle, but im not sure. i was worried that it may be appendicitis, but then again its been almost a week, and its not necessarily a constant pain, and its not really sharp, and also doesnt stay in that area all the time. ive heard that appendicitis is a quick pain, that once you have it, you know. but im still worried that i may be missing something. am i just being paranoid about it being appendicitis? im also kinda worried that it could be a mass in my colon or something. im only 20 and in pretty good shape, so im not necessarily sure it could be that either. could it just be a little gas problem? i dont have any other symptoms besides a little bit of diarrhea yesterday. yesterday i felt good most of the day, and then today its back somewhat. am i overreacting about this, or could it really be something serious like appendicitis?
I have this, too, just as you've described it. I've had it for about 10 months and still don't know what it is. I'll tell you what I went through so far and maybe it will help:
I kept a food diary and tracked the degree and times of the pain for two months. Nothing unusual there.
I saw my doctor, got blood work, a CT scan (and I'm going for another next Monday) and a HIDA scan. Both showed nothing abnormal.
A gastroenterologist thought it might be IBS and put me on Levbid but that made it worse. He said that rules out IBS but that doesn't sound right to me.
No one else seems to know what's causing the pain.
And that's where I am today. Nothing else seems out of the ordinary, just the pain. Like I said, I thought it might be stress, but it got worse while I was on vacation, and I was more active and relaxed and ate healthier then, believe it or not! So we still don't know, but I'd say not to worry about your appendix. You'd have other symptoms, like a fever, if it were.
thanks for the reply. yea, ive never really heard of anyone that had appendicitis and didnt know it right away, so i guess i should stop worrying about that, although im sure ill still think about it. my pain seems to come and go, and stress makes it worse. i go back to my GI doctor in a couple weeks, so maybe if it's still bothering me then, i will ask him about it. meanwhile, i guess i should just try to calm down and stop worrying about it so much, especially about the whole appendicitis thing. does anyone else have any thoughts about this?
There is a thing called Grumbling appendix, which is what my Dr thought I might have as I have pain in my appendix area and have had it for over 6 weeks (on and off).
The pain also goes around to my back and higher up my right side at times. Grumbling appendix means that the appendix is inflamed, rather than acutely infected, and it can get worse and lead to you needing your appendix out or it may settle down on its own.
I am still waiting for an ultrasound so I don't really know what is causing my pain yet
Last edited by midnightblue; 06-05-2006 at 05:16 PM.
I'm experiencing this same thing! I had it off and on for a few months, went away for a few weeks and came back a week ago. Sometimes I get a bubbling sensation or something that feels like muscle spams. Right now it feels like something is bulging out the right side and my back.
Does anyone who had this problem have any results?
I have had similar symptoms over the last month and am a little worried.
Usually it's a dull pain in the lower right of the abdomen which is brought on by bending forward slightly and sometimes breathing in sharply. Sometimes this pain is also accompanied by a pain in the middle of the lower back. There is no pain when pressing on the area. Less often the pain will also be a little sharper and may occur when just sitting or standing.
I visited the doctor and she said it may be just muscular and to monitor it over the next month, but I'm not sure.
I have read of a thing called a sports hernia which has similar synptoms to the usual type of hernia but with no bulging of intestines through the muscle wall. there is also other muscular problems that can occur in this area, but sometimes the pain seems deeper than the muscle level.
Any information or feedback would be most appreciated.
I'm not alone! I have walked, done yoga, stretched, drank tons of water, eaten fruit, and nothing has worked. Right now, I have a heating pad on my back and side and I can't feel the pain. I'm trying laxatives next. But yes, the bulging out of the back even though it doesn't feel any different I have. For me, it feels like a lot of pressure almost under my right shoulder blade and lower and especially on the side and under my right breast. Hopefully it's just a little constipation or something! I had a liver ultrasound a few months ago and nothing turned up. I've been so confused!!
I have that pain that happened like 2-3 months ago. It reappeared again at the beggining of september and it lasted for a 3-5 days and it went away. Now again, I have pain in the right lower side near the belly button, sometimes furhter right and i feel discomfort in my leg. When I press the right side with my hand I do not feel any pain at all. The pain comes and goes away by itself...
What could it be??? May be its my nerves???, anxiety, or stress???
No tests done and no doctors have been seen yet.
Sarah, your pain sounds like it's higher up than some of the others, suggesting Gall Bladder.
Have you had a HIDA scan yet? Even if your ultrasound was normal, you might still have a poor functioning gallbladder. My liver/gallbladder Ultrasound was normal (e.g. no gb stones), but the HIDA scan showed that the gallbladder is not functioning properly. It's called Biliary dyskinesia. It causes pain (in the upper right side front and back), bloating, and nausea.
For me, the pain isn't nearly as bad as the nausea. But it doesn't happen very often, so I've decided to postpone surgery. My doctor supports my decision, because my symptoms aren't that bad, and because about 30% of people don't feel better even after the surgery. Though one of his colleagues (who I saw for a sinus infection) thinks I should just get the surgery out of the way.
I think you’re right not to overreact, especially at a young age. If it gets worse and is accompanied by fever (or blood, vomiting, etc.), then you should seek medical attention right away. When appendicitis does happen, it can come on fairly quickly. But pain that recurs over a long period of time is not typical of appendicitis. (I’ve had recurring bouts of pain in my lower right abdomen since I was 20. I couldn’t even count the number of times I thought I was getting appendicitis in the last 30 years.)
Occasional lower abdominal pains are VERY common in adults, and have many everyday explanations, such as gas, constipation, pending diarrhea, etc. Pain in the upper abdomen (just under the ribs) is more likely to be caused by stomach or gallbladder problems. (Gallgladder problems are more common in middle aged women.
Hernias are more common among young men, and can be fairly easily diagnosed (or ruled out) with a physical exam.
Gas pains are fairly normal in adults, even with a very healthy diet. Gas causes pain when it can't get out right away. If you increase the amount of fiber in your diet, or change your diet in other ways (for good or bad), you might get a temporary increase in gas.
Colon cancer is very uncommon in someone your age, but you can start taking steps now to reduce your chances of getting it, with a high fiber diet and exercise. The pain is more likely caused by a hard mass of normal waste matter. If you look at a picture of a colon, you'll see that there are many spots where it has to make some fairly sharp turns and loops. If you get a little constipated, you might have a hard mass trying to make sharp turns. It hurts.
Constipation can be caused by a lot of things including a bad diet, stress, and not enough water, fiber, exercise, or even sleep. And it might be followed by loose stools or diarrhea due to stress, diet, or even constipation remedies. There are even more things that can cause diarrhea. Mild diarrhea can be caused by something as simple as trying a new coffee, or by a slight residue of soap on your dishes because your dishwasher didn’t rinse off all the soap.
If you continue to get constipation or diarrhea, you can get a lot of ideas here on how to handle it. If it gets to the point where it is interfering with your life, you should see a GI specialist for help. I should warn you.... Abdominal pain is notoriously difficult to diagnose, and can take a long time. It’s common to feel the pain in a different place than it originated (it's called “referred pain”). It can drive you a little crazy trying to figure it out. The pain may move around too, especially with bowel problems. There are many tests for GI pain, and when they can't find something specific, they often say it must be Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
well, my pain is on and off sometimes a dull and sharp right side just bellow or near a belly button.
No fever, vomitting or blood in stool. the pain bothers me during morning, it might stop in the afternoon and come back at night on and off. It seems when I consume food it become worse for a few minutes and continue on for hours on and off...
No tests have been done or seen a doctor for it...
I do have a bad habit not to eat for at least 7 hours after my breakfast in early morning.
so may be I developed an ulcer.... but will be a pain right side where i described above already...
waiting for more comments
I have had right sided pain for 4 years now. It does come and go, but worse at night and with driving or sitting. It first started when I walked around the lake for my workout with weights in my hands. It was a great workout and I even lost weight, but over the course of the summer this pain started. Dull and achy, but in the morning it can ocassionally be sharp and shooting. I thought originally that it was a cyst coming back that I used to have. But I seem to pass all of the tests and they find nothing. I have had two laporoscopies to see if it was scar tissue and endometriosis, the doc scraped away a bunch of it that she found, but the pain was still there after the surgery and the pain was not even near where she scraped! The 2nd diagnosic lapar. that I had they even took my appendix out to see if that was it. Keep your appendix if you can because I am now appendix-less and still in pain. I also had to go to physical therapy where they tried to work it out of me with massage and excersizes. What a waste of time and painful! I just read a post about sports hernia. I need to check into that because during all of my testing the docs said I did not have a hernia because there was no bulge at all. But in a sports hernia there is no bulging out of the muscle walls. ??? I just am so sick of being in pain without a true diagnosis. It's affecting my life so much since you don't feel like doing much when you are preoccupied with pain. Incidently I actually feel a bit better after a workout and while walking around it gives me a few hours of relief. Go figure!
Bre... GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR. But, make sure he does actual physial manipulation, and not he "Activator" method. Walking with weights in your hand is the very action that can put your ribs out of adjustment, and that can easily pinch nerves that cause "wraparound" pain in your sides. IT happens to me all the time, I also have a particular spot that goes out in my back that causes indigestion... once I put it back in (by bending backward over the side of the bed of my truck" then it dissapears. You'd be surprised how much pain is caused just by your back being out of adjustment. (Don't go to any chiropractor who says they can cure things like irritable bowel, though... some go overboard with thier claims)