Hi There, I am having a similar issue. About a month ago, I started to get a pain in my right flank, nausea and vomiting accompanied it. I've been to the emergency department at the hospital a number of times now and for many follow ups. They have tested urine, blood, done xrays and ultrasounds to no avail. They prescribed anti inflammatories and anti biotics as they though it was a kidney infection. I have since finished the medication and still have had no improvement. There are some days when the pain isn't so bad and I have an appetite but for the majority it is quite painful and I have no appetite. I've lost quite a bit of weight due to this as well. I have recently got a new family doctor and will be seeing him in a couple of weeks, so I am hoping he will be of some assistance. But no one seems to know what is going on. It is very painful and uncomfortable so I am hoping to figure something out soon. If you have any information to provide it would be appreciated, also if I find out anything further I will advise.
I've recently gotten a family doctor and have been to see him once. He seems like he will be quite helpful. He is currently get my test results from the er etc. but he seems pretty confident that the problem is my gallbladder. He said not all issues with your gallbladder are easily identified. I'll keep posting as I learn more.
Seems like I have the same thing as everyone else here, pain in right flank, feels like being hit when pressed on. Same nausea, etc. Hurts most in bed and can't roll over from right side to back or worse yet to left side. Had CT scans and talked to GP and Urologist as Ct located Bosniak IIF mass of 3cm, but they say it should not be causing any pain. Almost feels like a kidney stone like I had years ago, but no super severe pains. But are bad all the same and can also hurt when taking deep breaths.
Been on neuropathy meds for my legs as have nerve damage from crushing them, but that doesn't seem to help this pain. So far they either don't believe me or think chiropractor is the best thing. They won't even have me lay down and just roll over so they can feel the spasms and tightness.
At least now I know I'm not crazy now that others have the same thing. Will keep posting when I learn anything as I am having other scans MRA, MRI and lots of lab work while keeping an eye on my mass in the right kidney over the next few weekly visits and scans.
Cymbalta, Amitriptoline and Loritab hasn't helped me or anything else so far.
Just got home from the ER with the same thing. It is very frustrating. All tests came back normal, they always do. I am so tired of this condition, I can never tell the difference between a bad episode or a medical emergency. Very very emotionally as well as physically draining. :/
Re: Persistent Flank Pain on Right Side possible gallbladder
Originally Posted by Cody95
For two months now I have had a persistent pain and discomfort in my right flank area. It hurts in my lower right back and wraps aroung the bottom of my rib cage to the front right side. It feels like a vice grip around my lower rib cage in front, or like a belt tightening. Also, when I sit, particularly while driving a car, it feels like something at the bottom of my ribs is pushing back. I had CT scans, urinalysis, blood tests, and finally an MRI with contrast. all showed nothing! My doctor sent me to an Orthopedic doctor who thinks it is nerve pain. Possibly from shingles, but I had no rash at all. Doctor put me on Lyrica, but it didn't help at all. My doctor is stumped. The pain is driving me crazy. It interferes with everyday activities. What could this be. Anybody else experiencing such a wierd pain? Any help would be appreciated.
It seems I am going through the EXACT same thing as most of you. I am 26/male and have had flank pain on my right side off and on for months now. The last 2 or so of them have been none stop. Seems to be best in morning and then as the day progresses things go down hill, unless im laying on my back or in a hot hot shower.
I went into the ER thinking it was my kidney in Dec. and they ran blood tests, a urinalysis, and even did a CT to check for stones and all of it came back negative.
I was able to go to my PCP starting in Jan 2013 and he seemed to think it may be gastro related and ordered more blood work. Blood work came back fine and he sent me to do an Xray of the lower GI track with Borium (gross dye) today and 10 minutes into it the flank pain was HORRIBLE. It calmed down and went to normalish pain for the next few hours and then BAM the pain is so bad I cant even stand up straight, wrapping around my side, the worst it has ever been.
So im not really sure what to make of it. If to go into ER, wait it out the night, wait for the lab results. So frustrating!
This is exactly what I have... Pain and tenderness in right flank into right abdomen and an uncomfortable feeling like its bloated on that side. If i bend over it hurts in the right side of my abdomen (i get a pain similar to a stitch about 2 inches down from my belly button and two inches over to the right). If I do push in on my flank under my ribs it is sore. I cant pin down what it is. Sometimes mine does get worse with food (or so I thought) but im wondering if its coming and going not necessarily with eating and more with poor posture (i am sitting at a desk 9 hours a day). Feels better to stretch it out. I have lower back pain on the right side as well. This right flank / lower back pain subsided with 800 mg ibuprofen like its muscular.
Because i have other random stomach pains ive tried an elimination diet because soy has caused gastric distress. On prevacid for stomach issues. Im Thinking flank and back pain is from something else... Like i might have 2 separate things happening.... I will keep checking this forum for updates...
I wrote back in January that I have been experiencing this pain. It is now the middle of March and I still have no answers.
I have had:
Xray with upper GI and dye
Endoscopy with biopsy
10 different blood tests for kidneys, pancreas, infections, inflammation etc.
The pain is still present each and everyday, sometimes feels like food makes it worse but not always. It is mostly on the right side but can be on the left as well. The one constant is that it hurts the most while standing up and I get relief for about half an hour after a hot shower.
Just wanting to know if anyone can shed some light from the early years of this post. Any updates at all??
I suffer from the same symptoms as many have posted here. Mine originated back in October 2011. I have had my gall bladder removed in 2007. I have had all sorts of blood work, urinalysis, CT scans, x-rays, and a couple MRI's, physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and massage therapy, none of which has helped. Take narcotics but they only help me mentally accept the pain.
Does Sexual intercourse increase pain? - Yes for me
Does riding horse increase pain? - yes for me
Does Dancing increase pain? - yes for me
Pain cause nausea?
Gall bladder removed?
Have trouble passing gas and PAINFUL? - I find that I have to get on all four and stick my butt in the air, and even then it's hard to get it out - this makes me avoid eating...
Hurt to breathe sometimes?
Pain increased by bending at the waist and/or twisting?
Does anyone have pain in their spine right where the lumbar and Thoracic come together? even lightest touch gives you a vomiting reflex. Sometimes with every step I take I feel like I am going to throw up.
Driving feel like there's pressure on your organs on the right side and cause pain and discomfort? - yes for me
Also, I have tingling down right leg, middle toe and 4th toe on both feet will turn completely white.
I experience heart palpitations - had tests done and all was norm.
I also get dizzy, lose eye sight and sense of awareness, even if I am just stretching arms in a sitting position - this is not all the time however.
About the same time that I developed these right flank symptoms I had a frequency to urinate even if it was just a little amount, getting an ultrasound on my bladder was horrendous but all checked out with UTI, kidneys, and bladder infection.
Just wondering if any of my symptoms are also experience by any of you?
Last edited by smiledarlin7; 03-25-2013 at 12:38 PM.
PS i think they should get us all together and do a bunch of testing and figure out what the hell this is!!! I'd let them cut me up as long as they'd sew me back up! it's ridiculous that we are all living like this with NO ANSWERS!!!! I will say that I don't work anymore because it caused me TOO MUCH PAIN and that has helped my pain level so consider changing your employment to help the pain.
After reading this entire thread, this is what I have. Burning pain that started under my left armpit and radiates along the T5 nerve front to back in a line. Only on left side for first - 10 years. Then, out of the blue I get hit with the same burning pain along the nerve that runs from my belly button to my back on the right side over the last 6 years! So, I was seen by every Dr. under the sun and have tried about everything to get relief. I was long ago diagnosed with riduclopathy of the nerve routes from spinal compression. I have had trigger point injections, epidurals, and been on Gabepentin (Neurontin) for around 13 years. I also take Cymbalta and the combination of the two does help a lot, but doesn't alleviate the pain. The pain is absolutely made worse after eating hot bannana peppers or jalepenas and it also hurts worse (burns/aches) when I take too much Tylenol or Advil. I believe it may have first arisen after taking Cipro for a sinus infection. Any see any correlations with the foods and/or Cipro that might give us a clue why the pain is arising in the first place? I also had a 3 cm Bosniak IIF cyst (benign) removed from my kidney and it made no difference in my pain.