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Old 08-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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Right Side Abdominal and Back Pain

Hi, has anybody had these symptoms??? I have had this chronic right side abdominal and back pain for the last several weeks. Sometimes its like a dull ache, other times its a sharp piercing pain and it also feels like I have pulled a muscle in my side. Its driving me nuts. I had an upper GI endoscopy 2 weeks ago with results showing negative H Pylori but some stomach and osophageal erosion, have been on Omeprozole for the last week and a half with some improvement with my GERD symptoms but not the ab / back pain. I was diagnosed in March with fatty liver disease following GP discovering slightly enlarged liver. Ultrasound confirmed this also in March. Last week I had a further ultrasound which I paid for myself and included my Gall Bladder, Liver, Aorta, Kidneys, Pancreas, Spleen which were all normal yet the pain and discomfort in my right side is affecting my everyday life. Pain is worse when I lie against that side of my body. Had IBS for years and wondering if this is contributing? Any ideas would be appreciative, I am in UK and unlike US we have to fight tooth and nail to get our doctors to refer us for further tests.

 
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Right Side Abdominal and Back Pain

Hello there,
I have IBS and ever since it started I am also having lower right side abdomen and back pain. I think it has to do with the IBS. My doctor told me that it is "normal" (ofc not normal in a normal way!) because that is where the colon starts or bends or something like that, I am not quite sure. I also have constant pain there, and it also varies in "style". I havent really found any relief for that just kinda accepted it as a fact. But I did notice it has little to do with bowel movements. Another possible cause of that pain could be kidney stones. That was what my doctor first suspected when I told him where it hurts, but it turned out everything was fine with the kidney. I hope you get some relief soon.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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Re: Right Side Abdominal and Back Pain

If the pain is right lower quadrant, consider inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation and pain in the small bowel, the end part of ileum where it joins to cecum. It is an autoimmune disorder. Usually causes diarrhea and crampy pain before BMs. May cause fever. Blood work may show elevated CRP or sed rate and a small bowel follow thru xray or CT scan of abdomen will show the inflammation. It causes ulcers in the ileum, but those ulcers can occur elsewhere in GI tract which you apparently have. I would ask your Dr, if those symptoms fit or you have any family history of autoimmune bowel disease, to do those tests.

 
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:09 PM   #4
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Re: Right Side Abdominal and Back Pain

I have the same symptoms: ibs, fatty liver and pain in the right quadrant. i do not know the source of the pain. it is 1.5 years i have that pain which changes from day to day but so far existed during 1.5 year. any solution to this problem?

 
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:08 AM   #5
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Re: Right Side Abdominal and Back Pain

Do they confirm fatty liver via a blood test or MRI, etc? What causes a fatty liver? I also have the right sided pain almost right below the rib or like when you put your hand on your hip its right there in the side. Sometimes it does feel like a pulled muscle or tight feeling. I went back to the Gastro Dr after a routine colonscopy because of the right sided tightness. I have had IBS for years. The problems I have is diet and I don't drink enough water and lack of exercise all which are important in keeping the bowels moving. I've been trying to eat better but veggies (even cooked) really set off my IBS symptoms so trying to figure out what I should even eat.

The Dr. said it sppears to be IBS related and wanted me to go on Miralax. I do not like to take much medications because of adverse reactions or the chemicals in the meds and I have read that miralax is some pretty bad stuff. The Dr. Said that trapped gas can also cause the tight feeling, but I don't know about that. If you are constipated, you can have the bloating and tight feeling but my question on that is, can you be constipated and not realize it or is it always very obvious with miserable symptoms?

 
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #6
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Re: Right Side Abdominal and Back Pain

smokeymtnrain, how long do you have pain in right quadrant? is it everyday and is it changing within day?

1.5 year ago, from ulrasound they said i have signs of hepatic steatosis and my lu=iver enzymes were high at that time. my ct scan 1 year ago was normal (4 months after ultrasound).

in fact, i am very confused. for example, today i feel better and pain is less. pain is not changing from day to day. if it was liver inflammation, i think my enzymes would not e normal and the pain would be kind of a constant pain. i think it is related to ibs, but not sure.

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