Posted by roscopeeco on January 2, 2011, at 2:46:23
In reply to Re: thanks to you both » Phillipa, posted by floatingbridge on January 2, 2011, at 1:37:24
> After looking through that link you sent, I ruled out gall stones.
> So, yeah, sure, anxiety. I feel like I'm going nuts! This time discomfort can disable me for hours, and I dread eating because of the aftermath.
> So, I'll have some non-invasive tests.
> That was a good link btw. Thanks.!
Pretty easy self examination to rule out gallstones. You put your fingers and press inwards just below the right rib cage and take a deep breath. While inspiration the gallbladder ascends upwards and on expiration the gallbladder descends. When it descends it should cause a lot of pain because it is bumping against the fingers pressed into your right upper quadrant. The only other thing in that area is the liver. Simple blood test would rule out liver malfunction. The liver enzymes AST and ALT would be elevated in that case. Remote chance it could be pancrease. Again routine blood work would show if that was the problem as well. Lipaase and Amylase would be elevated. If it were kidney stones you would be on the floor in a fetal position by now and probably blood in your urine. It is hard to deny the unique pain of kidney stones.
The one common condition that wouldn't show up on any blood work or urinalysis is diverticulosis or diverticulitis. To diagnose that you would need a CT of the abdomen/Pelvis. Both of which are fairly common. There are pockets within the large colon that become inflamed which is diverticulitis. The pain with that condition is usually diffuse across the abdomen. Not really in a particular spot.
If the pain has lasted for months and it was something serious like abdominal aortic aneurysm, or peritonitis, you would be kaput.
There are a couple other things it could be if the pain is exacerbated when you breath, but I won't get into that because I think you would have mentioned that symptom if it where true.
I hope this helps.