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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.

 
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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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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