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09-14-2011, 10:47 AM
Hey everyone,
I haven posted in awhile, I have been busy with everything going on with life. It's been quite stressful recently and I just want the next few months to go by quickly. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow with my rheumy, just a 3 month check up. I am however experiencing a dull, achy pain in my upper right side right under my ribcage. Sometimes it is a stabbing sensation but mostly its just uncomfortable. I brought it up to my PCP before and she said it was probably just a pulled muscle but this does not feel like a pulled muscle. It feels like an internal thing. I know your liver and gallbladder is right though so I'm wondering if I'm having some sort of gallbladder problem. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what it could be? I'm obviously going to ask my doctor about it tomorrow but thought I would get your guys opinion on it first. Im pretty sure I read somewhere, maybe on here, about gallbladder problems with people who have lupus. Then again I guess all things are linked with people who have lupus. I just want to figure out what this pain is and get it fixed. Well anyways everyone I am in a state of exhaustion recently due to all the stress and busy schedule I have had so I haven't been on much, I can't wait for all this to be over. Yah. Thanks all and hope your having a pain free day.

09-14-2011, 01:31 PM
I have just had an ultra sound on my upper abdomen, because of the same kind of pain. It is exactly the same thing you have been describing, a stabbing kind of pain, but mostly just uncomfortable.
My ultra sound came back, everything is fine.
On the 23rd I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist, my rheumy thinks it is something with my liver, since the liver enzymes have been high. I will let you know what he said.
It is very weird, that we have the exact kind of pain.


09-14-2011, 01:35 PM
One of the things I love about this place is that usually you can find someone who has dealt with what you are dealing with. It always makes me smile

09-14-2011, 02:27 PM
Hi Tori,

I get this same kind of pain on the right in the same area. Sometimes it feels like it's something under my ribs, other times the pain is quick and sharp. Enough to make me wince involuntarily. In my case, my Dr. diagnosed it as Costochondritis. It's a pretty much benign condition that really poses no danger to the patient, it just hurts like the Dickens and scares the heck out of you when it first happens.

My first thought was the same as you guys-oh no, whats under there. I too was thinking liver, maybe gall bladder. Costochondritis is simply inflammation of the connective tissues of the ribcage. With me, it often comes and goes with my Lupus flares. Other times I unintentionally induce it by sitting a certain way, like Indian style hunched over. As soon as I stand up, POP, it hurts like an ice pic for a few seconds. I use a moist hot pad directly on the spot, and I take the NSAID Naproxen to help calm down the inflammation.

I have no way of knowing that this is really the problem for anyone else of course, but you might want to ask your Dr. if it's a possibility.


09-15-2011, 04:46 AM
Hi Toradoradi,

I just remembered something else, because I feel it right now. I am nauseated alot. Do you also have nausea?


09-15-2011, 11:02 AM
Not alot but thus past week I have had a bit where it wakes me up at night. It's only lasts for a little while though. I'm sure it's connected somehow but I don't even know. Im waiting in the doctors office now so I'll see what he has to say about it.

09-15-2011, 11:51 AM
I don't have alot of nausea either, but it comes and goes.


09-15-2011, 05:52 PM
I hope the appointment went well Tori. Let us know how you're doing when you can.


09-15-2011, 08:54 PM
My appointment went alright. Thanks for your guys concern. It was the regular 3 month check up and I told him about my side pain he poked around my stomach a bit and then ordered an ultra sound and I go in on Monday. He said if he didn't call me back then it was clear and he'll see me in 3 months... My question is... If it is clear... What about the pain still being there?? I didn't think to ask him about that... He said they'll do an ultrasound of the abdomen and check my liver, gallbladder and possibly said of my lung since it could be any of those things... I don't know I guess that's better ten my other doctor saying it was a pulled muscle. On the up side it seems my inflammation in my system is gradually going down according to my blood work so maybe these pills I'm taking are working? Let's hope anyways.

09-16-2011, 06:47 AM
I have the same type of pain, glad to see I am not the only one with it. However I know that it is not my gall bladder, had mine removed in 1990, so that's out of the question. However I do have a liver problem and feel that it could somehow be connected. Mine only comes every once in a while. It is not all the time,but it is very sharp and stabbing and to start with does freak the hell out of you. I have my liver checked every 3 months so when I go back maybe that will give me some answers.
Wish I could be of help, sorry. Hope everyone gets the answers they are looking for.

09-16-2011, 06:54 AM
Maybe a rib is out of place? We get patients at our practice and they are surprised since they think that ribs are pretty stationary and unless you break one they just sort of stay where they were put.

I can tell you my experiences with gall bladder. Upper r side pain that ends up radiating into the lower back. At first the attacks were mild and months apart. Just felt like an achy 24 hr bug. The last two attacks I had before surgery were much different tho. Involved nausea, the inabaility to sit, stand or lie down. Just walking around helped. The pain was incredible and like magic...poof! gone in the morning. Finally after second bad attack (and now they were coming only a couple weeks apart) I went to ER. GB was inflamed as was liver and pancreas. They were unable to do surgery until infection and inflamation went down, however they did not want to wait too long as GB was ready to perforate.

I know a person who had all the ultrasounds done and her GB was pronounced just fine. However a Hid-A-Scan gave a different result. So you may want to check with doc on that.

09-19-2011, 09:22 AM
Well found out what the pain is. The ultra-sound tech unofficially told me I have gallstones and would probably need my gallbladder removed. Awesome... Another health thin on my list of health problems... Oh yay. Anyways at least it's easily fixed and nothing more serious... Done and done.