Causes of Right Side Abdominal (Stomach) Pain

Pain on the right side of the abdomen can be either in the upper part (RUQ ~ right upper quadrant) or lower part (RLQ ~ right lower quadrant). Abdominal pain is a non-specific symptom that can be attributed to a host of conditions. Therefore the presence of other signs and symptoms in association with the pain is important to consider in the differential diagnosis. Modalities may include pain that commences, worsens or eases with change in position, eating, hunger, changes in bowel movements and movement.

The final diagnosis should be done my a medical professional after a thorough case taking and additional diagnostic investigations like an abdominal ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan or MRI. Blood tests and specialized investigative techniques like an endoscopy, colonoscopy or barium enema may also be needed. Broadly, right sided abdominal pain can be attributed to the right lung, diaphragm, kidney, liver, gallbladder, head of the pancreas, small intestine, cecum, ascending colon or transverse colon of the large intestine and peritoneum. The pelvic organs and structures should also be considered in lower right sided abdominal pain. Pain in the abdomen may not originate from this area and can be referred or radiate from the chest, pelvis and back.

UPPER Right Abdominal Pain

Pain in the upper right abdominal region may be superficial or deep. Superficial causes may be attributed to the abdominal wall (skin and muscles), peritoneum, liver and gallbladder. Deeper pain may be due to the liver, bile ducts, stomach, duodenum and kidneys.

LUNGS

Pain may be associated with the lung tissue itself (rare), lining of the lung (pleura) or space around the lung (pleural space). Lung and pleural diseases that may causes right sided abdominal pain include :

  • Pneumonia (bacterial or viral) of the lower lobe of the right lung.
  • Pleurisy or pleuritis (inflammation of the lung membrane) from infection, trauma and so on.

Signs and symptoms may include difficulty breathing, coughing, and pain upon breathing/moving.

LIVER

The liver is an important consideration in upper right abdominal pain as it occupies most of this region. As a large organ with diverse functions, and the central processing unit of nutrients, the liver is prone to a variety of disorders. Liver conditions that may cause right sided abdominal pain include :

  • Enlarged liver due to heart failure, hepatitis, fatty liver, lymphoma, leukemia, etc.
  • Liver cancer or metastases of other cancer into the liver.

Signs and symptoms may include changes in bowel movements and consistency of stool, nutrient deficiencies, jaundice, changes in appetite and weight loss.

GALLBLADDER/ BILIARY TRACT

The gallbladder stores bile that is produced in the liver. This fluid contains various compounds, particularly waste substances and fats, and can emulsify fats in the gut to allow for digestion and subsequent absorption. Bile is passed through the biliary tracts which communicates with the pancreatic duct before emptying into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Conditions of the gallbladder and biliary tree that may causes right sided abdominal pain includes :

  • Gallstones or bile duct stones
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cystitis), mostly due to gallstones.
  • Inflammation or blockage of the biliary tree (cholangitis) (cystic, or common bile duct).
  • Gallbladder and biliary cancer are rare.

Signs and symptoms may include jaundice, fatty stools and episodes of pain that are intense (colicky) and generally arise after eating.

DUODENUM

The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine and an important site for digestion. It receives the partially digested food mixed with gastric acid and enzymes from the stomach and then bile and digestive enzymes from the pancreas. It is often affected with the same pathologies that afflict the stomach, often a combination of infection and the presence of gastric acid in the duodenum for prolonged periods. Some of the conditions of the duodenum that may cause right sided abdominal pain include :

  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Duodenitis – inflammation of the duodenum similar to gastritis (stomach).

Signs and symptoms include severe pain after eating, although the pain may sometimes ease slightly with food, change in bowel movements, excessive belching and bloating.

MUSCLES

The abdominal muscles comprise several groups of muscles that protect the abdominal contents, stabilize the trunk during movement and help with changes in position. Since the abdominal cavity lacks an extensive skeletal protection like the thoracic cavity, the abdominal muscles have to contend with significant impact in trauma. Some conditions affecting the abdominal muscles that may cause right sided abdominal pain includes :

  • Strained muscles – common cause.
  • Hernia
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Rectus sheath haematoma
  • Psoas abscess

Signs and symptoms generally include pain when moving and tenderness on palpation of the affected area.

KIDNEYS/URETER

The kidney is responsible for filtering the blood and forming urine. Electrolytes and water are reabsorbed as necessary and the urine is directed down the ureter to the bladder. The kidney is tucked behind and slightly below the liver on the right side of the abdomen to lie shielded by the back part of the ribcage. Some conditions affecting the kidney and ureter that may cause right side abdominal pain includes :

  • Pyelonephritis (infection of the right kidney).
  • Kidney/urinary stones
  • Renal carcinoma

Signs and symptoms include changes in the urine color and composition, alterations in urinary habits and additional signs like blood in the urine (hematuria).

DIAPHRAGM

The diaphragm is the large concave muscle that separates the thoracic and abdominal cavities. It is the major muscle of respiration and on the right side, it houses the liver immediately beneath it. When contracted, the diaphragm pushes down the abdominal contents to expand the chest cavity. Some of the conditions of the diaphragm that may cause right sided abdominal pain include :

  • Abscess under diaphragm

LOWER Right Abdominal Pain

Lower right abdominal pain may be due to some of the same causes discussed under upper right abdominal pain. With the lower abdominal regions, the continuation with the pelvic cavity means that pathologies of the pelvic organs or structures may also be a cause of pain.

APPENDIX

The appendix are a small outpouching from the cecum of the large intestine. It is believed to be a reservoir for the normal intestinal flora (good bowel bacteria). It can become inflamed, obstructed and or infected. This may be related to the surrounding parts of the intestine or other abdominal structures or occur independently. Some of the conditions of lower right sided abdominal pain include :

  • Appendicitis (inflammation of appendix)

SMALL INTESTINE

The small intestine comprises the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. It is the major site of digestion and absorption. Waste products and undigested material pass into the large intestine. The small intestine is also the longest part of the gastrointestinal tract and prone to various conditions that may be a continuation of pathology in the stomach or large intestine. Conditions affecting the small intestine that may cause right sided abdominal pain include :

  • Crohn’s disease affecting the last part of the small intestine, called terminal ileum.

COLON

The colon is the main part of the large intestine and has been discussed above. The most prominent part lying on the lower right side includes the cecum and ascending colon.

  • Volvulus twisting of the cecum (starting part of large intestine), rare.

FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS

Gynecological causes of right sided abdominal pain are an important and common cause. It should always be taken into consideration especially if the pain appears to be associated with ovulation or menstrual cycle or there are any menstrual changes that accompany the onset of the pain. A slight discomfort with ovulation and menstruation and mild, short lived pain during pregnancy is normal.

  • Ovulation (mid-cycle pain, Mittleschmerz)
  • Twisted or ruptured ovarian cyst
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS; usually affecting both right and left ovary

MALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS

Disorders of the male reproductive are unlikely to cause lower right sided abdominal pain with pain in the pelvis or genitalia. Some conditions to consider include :

  • Spermatic cord disorders
  • Testes disorders

ABDOMINAL BLOOD VESSELS

The blood vessels in the abdomen include the large aorta and inferior vena cava, with the various branches and tributaries. These blood vessels are prone to a host of diseases that may be isolated to the cardiovascular system or part of a systemic condition. Some of these conditions include :

  • Hereditary angioedema
  • Henoch-Schönlein-purpura
  • Atherosclerosis of arteries that supply the intestine

BLOOD

  • Porphyria
  • Sickle Cell Disease

SKIN

Conditions affecting the skin may be responsible for upper and lower right sided abdominal pain. Skin lesions or deformities may be present, including a rash, swelling and/or redness. Most skin diseases present with itchiness but pain may be seen in the following conditions.

  • Herpes zoster
  • Dermatitis (eczema) when the skin is broken or there is an infection.

ABDOMINAL MEMBRANE (PERITONEUM)

The peritoneum mainly envelopes the gastrointestinal tract in the abdomen and peritoneal fluid keeps the organs lubricated when making contact with each other. Inflammation, infection and swelling may be associated with peritonitis.

  1. Read more here for a detailed description of right upper (RUQ) abdominal pain.
  2. Read more here for a detailed description of right lower (RLQ) abdominal pain.
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  • Jan Modric

    Ashles151,

    how did the pain appear the first time – slowly or suddenly? Were you doing something physical before that? Can you feel any abnormal lump in the affected area? Between the attacks, is the affected area tender to touch? Any bloating or change in bowel habit? My first thought was an intestinal hernia. A gastroenterologist could tell more.

  • hawaiianlove1

    I developed a sharp constant pain in my right upper abdomen a few days ago. To be more exact, Right hypochondriac section and slight pain in the Right Lumbar section. No fever or any other symptoms, just this constant pain. When I do simple tasks like walking to pick up my kids from school it hurts to where I need to stop and take a break. When I breathe in deeply the pain increases, even when i cough. When I push on the area its tender, though there presents no physical abnormalities. Im constantly grabbing my side from the pain. It feels as if I drank a lot of water then went running and have a sharp pain in my side, but it wont go away. Any words of insight would be appreciated.

  • Jan Modric

    hawaiianlove1,

    is it possible you had some injury? Is your upper right abdomen distended? Any change in urination or bowel habit? I’m not sure if such a pain could be cause from gas built in the colon, so I recommend you to visit a doctor soon. Gallstones or urinary stones could be possible, for example.

  • hawaiianlove1

    Jan Modric,
    No change in urination. Diarrhea like bowl movements yesterday and no other day. Abdomen is not distended in any way, just tender. However, I was sick with flu like symptoms a week ago. I recovered, then starting on the 1st had this sharp pain and it just steadily grew.

  • Jan Modric

    hawaiianlove1,

    having diarrhea and pain changing by movements is less likely due to a kidney disorder or urinary stones, but I can’t exclude this. Gallstones can cause painful cramps, but, unless the bile duct is blocked (what would result in grey stools), not diarrhea. The lower edge of eventually enlarged liver could be felt below the rib cage. Gas built in the part of the colon that runs below the right rib cage might be the cause. Not necessarily that gas would cause visible abdominal distension, but it can cause tenderness. One banal cause of the gas built could be constipation or food poisoning.

    I recommend you to check this personal medical history questionnaire and write down the course of all of your symptoms including the flu-like illness, and go to the doctor.

  • Ashles151

    Thank you Jan.

  • butterfly10

    Im 32/F and I have recently been having pain underneath my ribs on the right side, maybe 3 inches down. I would get the sharp pain a day before my period that would last all day/night and then when I start my period it would go away. But now Im getting the pain after my period but its a dull pain that comes and goes.. What could that be…Please help..

  • mbm48

    I have been experiencing abdominal pain of varying degrees (mostly mild) in my right side just below the ribs since late august. I would describe it as a grabbing tightness/crampy that sometimes flares into shooting pain. The pain often radiates to my right should blade and mid/lower back near what feels like my kidney. Sometimes I also feel pain on the right side underneath where my ribcage meets the breastbone. I also get a pretty consistent pain on my right ribs themselves. Finally, sometimes the pain manifests to the right of my navel.

    It seems like (somehow) my bowel movements have become more regular since this started happening, however, they seem to be much larger. Most of my bowel movements cause slight bleeding from my anus. I have become much more aware of activity in my GI.

    Just recently I was having some mild stomach spasms. I had a case of epididymitis that cleared up with cipro about a month ago.

    I had an abdominal CT that was normal. Blood tests for hepatic function, lymph node function and CBC were normal. A urine test was normal and a chest x-ray was normal(seemed pointless since I have no chest pain).

    I am now taking prilosec (it’s supposed to be helping a nagging cough that I’ve had for a few months). I am hoping if it is an ulcer the prilosec will help it clear up.

    I am supposed to see a GI doctor next week.

  • Jan Modric

    butterfly10,

    the pain in the upper right abdomen could be from a cramp in the colon…A low-FODMAP diet can sometimes help. Period-related pain can also appear in endometriosis, for example.

  • Jan Modric

    mbm48,

    are you male or female? It’s possible that different things may overlap in your case:

    Is the grabbing pain related to meals? Grabbing pain below the right rib radiating into the lower back and shoulder blade could arise from the gallbladder or bile duct. I suppose the CT has shown no gallstones, but there could be a motility problem with either gallbladder or bile duct. It is a HIDA scan that can show a gallbladder function.

    Do you have a burning feeling behind the breastbone or in the throat (heartburn) at any time? That would speak for a gastric acid reflux, which could be associated with a stomach ulcer or infection with Helicobacter pylori or biliary reflux (an upward flow of the bile from the duodenum into the stomach, caused by beforementioned disorder in a gallbladder/bile duct motility).

    Since when do you bleed from the anus? Were you constipated before and were straining at bowel movements? Do you have hemorrhoids? Large (loose?) stools could be, again, associated with a gallbladder disorder, but (red?) blood could arise from any part of the bowel below the stomach (duodenum, small or large bowel).

  • mbm48

    I am male and 26. I cannot tell if meals have an affect on the pain. Sometimes it feels better after I eat, sometimes it feels worse.

    I was mistaken in saying that I had an abdominal CT. I had an abdominal ultrasound, but no CT.

    I don’t seem to have burning like I would with acid reflux.

    I haven’t had to strain to move my bowels, but like I said, they are large. I don’t have hemorrhoids. I don’t see blood in my stool, only on the toilet paper.

  • Jan Modric

    mbm48,

    would you say stools became larger without changing the type or amount of food? Would you say stools are more soft or would you call them loose stools? You’ve said you kinda became more regular, so I assume you were constipated before and now you are more regular because of soft (?) stools. Have stools change the color?

    Grabbing pain below the right ribs radiating toward the lower/middle back and right shoulder sounds like a typical gallbladder/bile duct related pain. Ultrasound can exclude big gallstones and abnormal masses, but can often miss a biliary sludge (a sand like bile from which gallstones can later develop). Two investigations that can give more information about gallbladder/bile duct involvement are:
    – a stool test for fats (a blocked bile duct [possibly by a gallstone] could at least partially prevent the bile flow into the intestine, what would partly prevent absorption of fats, which would be then excessively excreted in the stool)
    – a HIDA scan of the gallbladder which shows how the filling and emptying of the gallbladder and the function of the bile duct.

    Other causes would be possible, but you can discuss with the gastroenterologist about the shoulder blade pain and its relation to gallbladder or eventual other abdominal disorders.

    Blood on the tissue, but not in the stool, may speak for ruptured hemorrhoids or anal fissure (the later would be very likely painful or itchy).

  • oidara

    Thank you for your reply. I have been trying to get some answers to our questions.

    First of all, I queried the surgeon who did my laparoscopy. He said that he was able to view my appendix, liver, some of my gallbladder, etc, and confirm that they all looked normal. No endometriosis or adhesions.

    I also went to see my GP yesterday and he did a manual exam during which he couldn’t feel anything unusual.

    This morning then went for an abdominal ultrasound. The doctor was able to confirm that the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, bladder and lymph nodes all looked normal.

    My GP suggested I go for a CT scan on Friday, but is there really any point? Can CT show more than ultrasound? I am still breastfeeding, so I won’t be able to take the dye. I am also very nervous about the test and don’t want to have it if it won’t get me anywhere. Would it be able to show tumours in the colon or stomach/small intestine or do I need a colonoscopy/endoscopy for that?

    To answer your question about the “tennis ball feeliing”, no, there is not a clearly defined lump. It’s just a feeling, but there is nothing solid.

    So where do I go from here? Colonoscopy? Endoscopy? To view the colon and stomach?

    None of the sensations I have are painful and I would be happy to just leave them as is if I can be sure that there is nothing sinister going on. Have I had sufficient testing to be able to rest easy now, or do I need to pursue this further?

    Many thanks for your time and patience!

  • mbm48

    I suppose since the problem started I’ve been trying to eat healthier and therefore I’m eating more regular meals. The stool isn’t loose, but it isn’t in hard pellets either. The color seems the same. I wouldn’t say I was constipated before, it’s just that I was used to going a couple days without making a bowel movement. Now if I go a day without moving my bowels I definitely feel it.

    A few factors that I should include: for the last few years I regularly took NSAIDs due to neck pain caused by a car accident. I haven’t taken them very often since this problem started in case it was an ulcer.

    I’m relatively healthy (not overweight or underweight), but since I was young I’ve regularly tested for high cholesterol. It is my understanding that this could be a factor in gallbladder complications.

    Thanks for helping me narrow down the possibilities. I will let you know what the GI doctor finds.

  • Jan Modric

    oidara,

    you’ve said the lower right pain 4″ down and 2″ right appears or is aggravated when you *start* to urinate or when you wipe after a bowel movement. Can you trigger pain with trying contract your pelvic floor muscles (like you would want to stop urine flow or bowel movement)? I got an impression that you feel the pain when something physically moves in your pelvis. This right side pain could be from something pulling some organ; the only things I can think of would be a fibroma (a benign tumor), adhesions or endometriosis. The surgeon who has performed a laparoscopy probably did not mess around a lot, I mean theoretically there could be something hidden between some organs. Ultrasound can not exclude all these things. CT and MRI can show adhesions more reliably than ultrasound. CT can also show gallstones or changes in the solid organs, like liver or ovary more reliably than US.

    Your upper right abdominal pain has dropped down for few inches, which kinda doesn’t speak for a liver or gallbladder disorder, but mote likely for a small or large intestinal disorder or gas.

    An upper endoscopy can reveal disorders in the esophagus, stomach and part of the duodenum, none of which seems to cause pains in your case.
    CT or MRI could reveal some hidden thing near the bladder…CT or MRI can reveal certain obvious disorders within the small or large bowel, but then additionally a colonoscopy or enteroscopy or capsule endoscopy would be needed to get an exact diagnosis. The end of the colon runs toward the rectum from the left side toward the midline, so the pain on the right does not likely arise from the colon if you ask me. The pain above the navel and the upper right pain (plus the lower right pain) could arise from the small intestine; it is a capsule endoscopy that can clearly reveal disorders within the small intestine. Colon cancer is not likely in your age. A small intestinal lymphoma that would cause pain would also likely cause other symptoms. All symptoms could be caused by a banal reason, like gas.

  • revolution

    When i touch my right side and left side of my stomach it hurts by touch, and some times when i move weird too. this started 2 days ago what do i do?

  • Jan Modric

    revolution,

    would you say your stomach is distended, do you have loose stools or any other symptom?

  • robbyn

    I’ve recently noticed a lump like a small inflated balloon on my right hand side of my stomach. I notice it mostly when I’m lying down at night but it moves a bit-if I touch it I can sort of push it and can’t feel it any more. It is not at all painful but I have noticed a bit of sort of burning sensation there as well now-what do you think it could be?

  • Jan Modric

    robbyn,

    where exactly (in inches from the navel) you can feel the lump? It could be an intestinal hernia.

  • robbyn

    It’s about 4-5 inches below my naval. funny thing is though during the day as much as i prod and feel I can’t feel the lump yet at night it feels quite large

  • Jan Modric

    robbyn,

    when going to the doctor, try to choose the time when the doctor will be able to feel the lump.

  • robbyn

    does it still sound like it’s an intestinal hernia?

  • Jan Modric

    robbyn,

    if it is like a balloon, few inches in diameter, and it kinda disappears when you press upon it, I can’t imagine anything other than an intestinal hernia. Gas built in the intestine, for example, would cause much larger and diffuse abdominal distension. A benign tumor, like fibroma, may be pretty movable, but it is solid. Intestinal diverticle would be probably palpable only when it would herniate.

  • robbyn

    there’s a lot of medical terms there! It is bigger than a few inches- roughly just bigger than a tennis ball size but feels more oval than round

  • Jan Modric

    robbyn,

    yes, this could be an intestinal hernia, but a doctor can confirm this after examination.

  • Taylor90

    I have been having sharp pains from the right side of my belly button and it radiates to the further right side and a little above my belly button and under as well.it hurts when touching, but not when i press on it and release, only every now and then, but it hurts if i sit in a chair to long or if im laying down.It hurts as well when i cough or sneeze, its like a stabbing, and like ripping sharp pain. what can it be?

  • Jan Modric

    Taylor90,

    are you male or female? Would you say your abdomen (or only the right side) is distended? Can you feel any abnormal lump? Any change in bowel movements, or burning during urination? When did the pain start?

  • Taylor90

    I’m a 20 year old female, i had surgery in Sept 2010 for Umbilical Hernia and i thought it was something to do with the surgery, so i called the doctor who did my surgery and had an appointment, and he said it was nothing to do with the surgery.. But that pain has gone up and down since the appointment. I can’t feel any abnormal lumps, but the pain is mainly on my right side and in my lower abdomen.. There has been no change in bowel movement since the pain started well expect for yesterday when i had diarrhea most of the day but nothing sense. There has been no burning when going to the bathroom though. The pain started i wanna say about the 11th/12th of Nov.

  • Jan Modric

    Taylor90,

    have you ever had this type of pain before the surgery? Theoretically, abdominal adhesions may develop after abdominal surgery, not sure how likely is this in your case. Adhesions can be found during a laparoscopic examination of the abdominal cavity. Another possible cause could be gas built in the bowel due to certain food intolerance, like fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance, celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms relief after few days lasting diet trials for each disorder would speak for that disorder.

  • gary

    Hi. I’m Male, 46, average weight, don’t drink/smoke. My main symptom is chronic pain and pressure located in right middle back – about 1 1/2-2 inches right of center and about level with bottom of rib cage. After the pressure and pain builds it releases and I have a tingling, then I’m cold, very fatigued, flu-like with digestive cramps and frequent urination. The pain/pressure often radiates to the front in the rib area, or sometimes down the front right leg.

    Secondary symptoms are: itchy skin with no rash and an intermittent yellowish/green color accumulating around my neck. I also have a bitter taste in my mouth (tastes like waste) and feel chronically tired and dehydrated.

    Symptoms can occur at any time but are worse with liquids or soft foods – especially when the bowels are empty.
    Symptons are not triggered by me physically moving.

    I feel ‘pulling and tearing sensations’ as stool is moving prior to going to the toilet – and also prior to urinating.

    I can find no lump.
    Tried various diets (low fiber, high fiber, gluten free, divertilitis, FODMAP) to no avail.

    Liver tests normal.
    Blood work normal, kidney tests normal.
    X-ray of pelvis, hip & lower spine normal.
    Tests for infections, parasites etc.. normal.
    No blood in stool.
    Ultrasound of abdomen normal.
    Colonscope normal.
    Endoscope normal.

    After a recent trip to emergency with pain, shaking, chills, vomiting – had a CT scan of abdomen done. CT was normal except for a few small cysts in the liver.

    Any help greatly appreciated – at my wits end here.

  • Jan Modric

    gary,

    these symptoms: “After the pressure and pain builds it releases and I have a tingling, then I’m cold, very fatigued, flu-like with digestive cramps” could be a part of a “dumping syndrome” that occurs in “rapid gastric emptying”. A stomach emptying test is available.

    Yellowish/green skin and itch could be from an obstructive jaundice: a liver or gallbladder or bile duct disorder blocking the bile flow resulting in bile entering the blood and skin. Blood bilirubin and liver tests would be obviously abnormal in this case, but you say they are normal. I recommend you to ask the doctor what could be the cause of the liver cysts.

    Bitter taste in the mouth could be from a biliary reflux – bile flowing from the duodenum into the stomach and up into your mouth. This can occur in certain bile duct disorders or in a disorder of the bowel motility.

    Intestinal parasites cannot be excluded on the basis of one negative stool test. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) would be also possible.

  • gary

    Jan

    Thank you.

    It does seem as if something is getting stuck or not moving in the middle/back area of my abdomen and then things begin to force their way backwards into places they shouldn’t go – the chills and sick feelings then follow.

    In fact things seem numb in the area – almost as if they refuse to move. I don’t feel the normal ‘pulses’ or waves that come when going to the washroom either.

    So I will see my doctor after the holidays.

    Are there any specific tests regarding motility or perhaps blocked nerve/blood flow to the affected area I should inquire about?

    Thanks again

  • Jan Modric

    gary,

    slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis) can be confirmed by a stomach emptying test. Physical mass, like a polyp or tumor in the stomach or duodenum could be revealed by an upper endoscopy. An “upper GI” (an X-ray investigation with barium swallow) could also reveal an obstruction in the upper gastrointestinal tract. You can check this personal medical history questionnaire which may help you to prepare well for the appointment with a doctor.

  • nancygo28

    does an IUD work if it moved outside my uterus to my hip area? i’m concerned because i’m trying to get pregnant.

  • ash12345566

    Hi. I’ve been having right abdominal pain for about 4 weeks. Ive had a CT scan done the first week, nothing but 2 ovarian cysts. Had an ultra sound the 2nd week and Went to an OBGYN and said she wasn’t sure, and i only had 1 cyst. Gave me birth control which hasn’t been helping. Then i went to the ER and had another ultra sound done and said i had no cysts and not appendicits and they couldnt do anything. Its the 4th week and when i push in and let go , the pain hurts REALLY bad when i let go. Is it possible for it to be appendicitis it was just progressing slowly?? PLEASE HELP. Thanks OH and im 15 and female.

  • Jan Modric

    nancygo28,

    while trying to get pregnant all IUDs should be removed from your body.

  • Jan Modric

    ash12345566,

    it is true that in an appendicitis, pain after push and release is typical, and a slowly progressing (chronic) appendicitis may sometimes occur, but after both ultrasound and CT being negative, appendicitis is probably less likely. I don’t know what to think about the three different ultrasound investigations with three different results, but ovarian cysts can be painful, so it would be good if an experienced OBGYN would re-check ultrasound pictures and tell are there cysts or not. Just besides the appendix there is the last part of the small intestine, which is often inflamed in Crohn’s disease; a colonoscopy is needed for diagnosis. A simple constipation, or gas built from some sort of food intolerance could also cause the pain; a gastroenterologist can suggest certain diet trials.

  • cali_girl

    hey,
    well about 5 days ago on sunday i had these pains in my right lower abdomine but it got better by monday and i went swimming with friends abd it didnt hurt at all. then on tuesday it started hurting again at about 7 at night but then went away when i went to sleep. the next day it wasnt hurting until night time and then today it has been hurting but its not a bad pain. its not painful or anything and if i forget about it i cant tell its there but i was just wondering what it was ? i dont no if it is my appendix because i havnt had it out but i havnt been feeling sick or had any fever or anything. the only syptom is pain which is very dull. its not stabbing pain or anything .. its like a saw muscle . could it be a pulled muscle ? i have been trying to do handstands and middle splits and went swimming which i dont do often ?

  • Jan Modric

    cali_girl,

    pain caused by pulled muscle would be aggravated by certain moves and by pressing on the affected area and should go away after few days of avoiding hard exercises. Pain in appendicitis does not likely go away after it starts.

  • cali_girl

    ok thanks for that its slowly starting to go away :)

  • kushshah

    I have pain on my right side…went to the doctor and he said that it could be ulcers. I am 22 years old. I had too much pain in the morning (felt like I was going to die), then, it went away after I took advil after three hours. Then I ate in the afternoon, took tylenol, and it hurt again for 30 or so minutes. Then around 9 pm I took prilosec and ate and it hurt for 10 or so minutes and then went away. The doctor said that I am too young to have pancreatic pain and when he pressed different parts of my stomach nothing happened. I fear that it could be something and would like any guidance that I can get. The pain only occurs in the lower right side of the stomach and nowhere else. I do not want to keep on taking medicine and would appreciate any help. Thanks.

  • Jan Modric

    kushshah,

    pain from a stomach ulcer is usually located in the upper middle abdomen, or slightly to the right or left. A gastroenterologist can give a final diagnosis of a stomach ulcer only when he actually sees it during upper endoscopy.

  • kushshah

    the pain was excruciating and the hospital confirmed that it is a 4.5mm kidney stone. i am trying to flush it out with excessive water drinking. Any additional suggestions?

  • Jan Modric

    kushshah,

    drinking more fluid may help prevent forming new kidney stones, but is not a reliable method of treating stones. Various non-surgical methods of removing a kidney stone are available, so if your doctor thinks the stone is causing your pain, and if pain will persist, you can discuss with him how to remove it.

  • mbm48

    Jan,

    I wrote earlier about upper right abdominal pain.

    I went to a GI doctor and just had an endoscopy. The endoscopy revealed a healthy esophagus and duodenum, but my stomach had mild inflammation and erythema. They took a biopsy to test for an h. pylori infection.

    Is it common for such an infection to last so long (since september)?

  • Jan Modric

    mbm48,

    yes, an untreated chronic infection with H. pylori may last for years.

  • matt hurt

    hay i have been working latley through my holidays and today when i got up after my lunch break i felt a pain on the right side next to my bellybuton i do heavy lifting at my job im only 15 (male) not in soo much pain that i need to go to hospital but thought id see if u could help me im not sure if i lifted to much and pulled a muscle i felt for lumps i dident feel any lumps but it hurts when i urinate any idea?

  • Jan Modric

    matt hurt,

    you did not say where it hurts when you urinate – if the pain comes from the urethra, the cause could be an urinary stone or infection. In this case you should see a doctor to have appropriate tests done. If the pain is from a pulled muscle, it should go away in few days.

  • nikki2070

    hi im a 21 year old female.
    I have a pain in my right side under my ribs about where my liver is. it hurts more when i breathe in deeply and have a pain that shoots up under my collar bone and up the right of my neck. ive had a sore throat the past 3 days it feels scratchy and swollen (ive had a tonsilectomy 2 year ago) and for over 2 week ive had loads of discharge thats thick its sometimes got a brownish colour to it and it doesnt smell right, i was itchy, sore and swollen, but after a day that went im guessing thrush i used cream so it must of gotten rid.
    just a bit of background info. i had my second child 16 week ago, at 37 weeks pregnant i got pancreatitis and was hospitalised for 5 days. at 1st they didnt no what was wrong and i went 4 a scan and they said my kidneys were backed up probs due to the baby squishing everything they checked 4 gallstones nothing was there. i gave birth a week after at 39 weeks. (both births were normal and vaginal) ever since i had pancreatitis ive had problems. i have been to A and E twice, 1st time they gave me cocadamol and said i was fine. i went back to my GP who sent me for a scan, bloods, urine sample, xray and pregnancy test (not necsessary as we wernt even having sex at that point) nothing was found, it got worse and 2nd time i went they said i had a UTI. ive changed docs recently as they kept fobbing me off. the pain i have has never gone it is now getting worse i have been to my new Gp and he did a urine sample no UTI. ive to have blood tests and swabs but because they are fully booked i have to wait!
    I really need to have some sort of idea what it could be as im scaring myself thinking things it could be.
    Also the pain doesnt hurt to touch unless i really push down i havent had any sickness. i did have a problem with my bowls it really hurt when i had to go and GP said i had a tear, thats just about gone but the 1st bit feels like im constipated then its loose, i always have to go at least twice after which is like diahorrea and have bad cramping just before i go again. i dont really drink much maybe 3 glasses of juice a day and suprisingly the urine sample looked like water. i have type 2 herpes and havent had an outbreak for over a year now. i feel exhausted alot that could be due to having a new baby though. sometimes i find it hard to sleep and when i am in bed feel short of breath. i wasnt like this with my 1st son and i did it alone and ive never felt so run down.
    hope you can help me please.
    thank you in advance
    Nicola x

  • kushshah

    I had mentioned earlier about a kidney stone of 4.5 mm that I was diagnosed with on Dec 24 2010. I still have the pain on my right side but it is not that much. The doctor gave me oxycodine and ketorelac along with another medicine for stone breakage so that it passes easier. I take one ketorelac every night because at night it hurts a lot. During the day, not as much just a little pinch going on and off which I could bear. Do you think this is because the stone has partially passed and any non-surgical suggestions for easier stone passage? I don’t know what to do because the doc said that since the stone is quite small, he could damage the ureter permanently and I’m only 22.