Pain Under Right Rib Cage/fullness Feeling?


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  • :) hi I am new to this forum and would like to put my symptoms out there to see if anyone has also experience this.
    I am 43 and have pvc's and hypothyroidsm and take atelonol and levoxyl, recently i've noticed that usually an hr or so after a meal ( even a light meal) my pvc's get worse, I get a pain under my right rib cage and it feels tender to the touch, I get a feeling of fullness and I also seem to belch a lot. This will go on for hrs. If I do not eat this does not happen and my pvc's are not as bad, also when I do burp the pvc's subside. I have to watch what I eat greasy foods brings the fullness more and so do spicy foods. Has anyone experience this.?
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  • Could it be your gallbladder? I suffer similar symptoms as well as stomach pains immediately after eating in the mornings. I am not sure if the fluttering feeling I often have is actually pvcs or just esophageal spasms or bile duct spasms, but it really scares me! Doc has me on hyoscyamine for the spasms and it seem to help a little, but I still get bloated as a cow and have tightness in my chest now and then. The pains come and go.
    I've had abdominal ultrasound, cck, egd. Cck produced some serious stomach pains, but revealed that my gallbladder contracts in the lower norm range.
    Have you had an ultrasound or egd? Cck? Your prob may be gallbladder or liver?? I'd research both.
    Gallbladder symptoms can be anything from fullness, excessive belching, severe or moderate pains to bad breath. All I know is I wish I didn't have mine. Carbonated drinks help me burp which relieves pressure, but grease about does me in!!
    Hope you feel better for the holidays. Let us know.
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  • :d hi thanks for your reply. I have thought about it being my gallbladder but someone told me that I would feel a strong pain and I don't its more like a discomfort and what gets me is I have to burp so much. The other day I had some chicken wings and they were a bit spicy and boy did I get it, I was miserable all night long, my pvc's were really going and I felt the discomfort in my chest and navel. I cannot even drink sodas they make me more bloated and the discomfort is greater. I am going to see my cardiologist on tuesday to be sure first that nothing has changed regarding my pvc's since they are stronger and I will mention to him regarding the stomach discomfort and the low pain under the ribs, my next visit is to my gastro doc. I had divirticulitis three years ago and had part of my colon removed also three years ago and it frightens me that it may have come back, some of the discomfort I have reminds me of what I had before the only difference is the pain under my right rib cage. :d
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  • Pain in the abdomen uder right rib cage automatically makes me think gallbladder. Don't know about the naval pain. I would get that checked out. My gallbladder only acts up once in a while and the pain is nowhere near severe. The nurse told me that some people have barely any pain at all and there is still damage to the gallbladder. Just keep that in mind.
    The cardiologist should lead you in the right direction.
    A general family doc should think of gallbladder and other things if you mention your symptoms.
    Best of luck.
    Bec
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  • Hi, im a 33 year old female. For the last year or so I have been experiencing severe pain under my right rib cage, although it usually only occurs in the middle of the night or in the morning when ive been lying down for a number of hours. I can also feel pain in my back and I feel tired all the time, I have made an appointment with my doctor for next week, can anyone suggest what may be causing this.
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  • I know this is probably very late, but pepper your symptoms sound like maybe gallbladder or maybe ulcer. I am just guessing because of the fact that it happens mostly after lying down. When you are lying down, the acid in your stomach shifts and there could be a leaky valve that is letting it drip out. That is just what i've heard though, and i'm certainly not a doctor. :)
    what is pvc's by the way? Hard to search on an acronym because most sites list topics by the whole name.
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  • I am having surgery tomorrow to remove my gallbladder. I have know for about 6 years that it wasn't working correctly but due to me not having gallstones there was no doctor that would take the pain seriously. I finally found a great surgeron that order a hida scan on that region of my stomach and he stated the the gallbladder is barely functional. He was completely surprised that I had went through 6 years of this type of pain. I have had blotting, sharp pains, dull pains, dirreha, constipation, general feeling of illness and even pain around my belly button.
    It sounds like your gallbladder but keep going to the doctor and switch doctors if you have to until you find the answer to your pain.
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  • It is possible that the pain is acid reflux (like indigestion but much much worse). Especially as the burping helps and it was worse after spicy food. Gallstones generally give most trouble after a fatty or large meal not a spicy one. I don't know what pvc's are either but my guess is that the pain is probably not gallstones :?:
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  • It is possible that the pain is acid reflux (like indigestion but much much worse). Especially as the burping helps and it was worse after spicy food. Gallstones generally give most trouble after a fatty or large meal not a spicy one. I don't know what pvc's are either but my guess is that the pain is probably not gallstones :?:
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  • Premature ventricular complexes (pvcs)
    pvcs are a common form of cardiac arrhythmia, and their significance can be confusing to both patients and their doctors.
    Hope this helps...
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  • Well, I have to say I find this reassuring, even though it doesn't take my pain away! Doctors discovered a teesy-weesy gallstone about 4 years back after i'd complained of pain under my right rib. I've had the pain off and on since then, but , when I do, it's constantly and low-grade. The doctors told me it couldn't be my gall bladder because gall bladder pain is sudden and sharp. From what I understand, some of you have also had low-grade constant pain that ended up being because of your gall bladder? If that's the case, i'd be packing my bags tomorrow to get it taken out. Improve my quality of life and take away the stress and pain of wondering why I hurt!
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  • Well...My elder sister had a gallbladder stone diagnosed and operated upon about an year ago. From her experience I can say that if you have a gallbladder stone then the pain will be there between the chest and the stomach mostly in the middle region and then spreads horizontally towards your back as well. If not, there may be several reasons behind it, some serious and most others are not so serious.
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  • It would be nice to diagnose it finally. I've had 3 abdominal ultrasounds and numerous blood work done. As I said, several different doctors have told me it wasn't my gallbladder because it wasn't "an attack", just constant low-grade pain, but they can't explain what is causing the pain. I think they believe it's just my nerves. My gut feeling (yes, the pun was intended. Sorry!) is that it's something more than just nerves. What i've been reading in the forum really sounds familiar.
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  • Hi folks,
    i would like to tell here that if the pain is on the right lower abdomen region, then it may well be signs of appendicitis. My friend had similar symptoms and when he got himself diagnosed, appendicitis was found.
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  • Hi,
    my gallbladder had removed 6 months ago, and I am still having
    terrible digestion problems my Dr. Said I may have a blockage from a stone,
    i'm scheduled for endoscopy do you have any suggestion for me about the
    cleansing of stones what would you recommend.
    Thank you
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  • Well I just had my gallbladder out a month ago and I dont feel any bettter, if anything worse. My attack have gotten worse, I never had pain under my right rib intil after surgery. Now they have ordered a scope, thats what they should of done in the first place sence I didnt have any stones. This whole thing is a joke, my back hurts all thew time and now everything I eat goes right through me. Dont go away from home to often because its really bad,urgent and exposive!! :oops: oh what fun this is, good luck to you all. Hope they find out what my problem is here soon. :?
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  • Hi, I had my gallbladder out in march 04. Same thing.. No stones, had hida scan, gallbladder was dead.. I don't feel any better either. I take aciphex in the morning and sulcrafate (4 times a day). This coats my stomach but most times it doesn't help. I still get burning pain under my right rib cage and I get spasms. Sometimes it feels like a baby kicking!
    The upper part of my abdomen under my rib cage is distended and hard.
    Doctor says live with it! Some day maybe they will find an answer to this as there are many people out there with the same symptoms and I can't find any answers. Good luck!
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  • Alright hears what my gastro doctor said, after you get your gallbladder out you can have whats called postcholecystectomy syndrome,bilary dyskinsia, spincter of oddi, pretty much all the same thing with different names. He put me on librax last week and its done wonders, but also take nextum and questan light for the wonderful diarrehea I have now. Says I can live with it and take meds for the rest of my life, or go have a ercp done which isnt the safest procedure in the world. Can cause more harm and might not even help. He said to talk it over with my family so I knew then that it had some risk and he also advised a agaist it. Its pretty depressing to think the rest of my life I will have to take pills to feel good, and also revolve my life around bathrooms because now I have ibs. I would of much rather lived with the gallbladder pain instead of all of this :evil: .
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  • For those who experience ibs problems after gall bladder surgery...There is hope, after a long while. I will let you know that after my gallbladder was removed in 1996, I was in shock after experiencing severe diarhea during and after each meal. My doctor never warned me about this condition! Now, nearly 9 years later... I can tell you there is hope, I never went under any medication for the condition, but it was very embarrassing and humiliating, everytime I sat down for a meal. I learned that greasy,and spicy foods would set off the attack faster. So I watched what I ate, knowing my consequences. For the last 2 years or so, I have not had the same (shameful) episodes, I no longer have to check where the bathrooms are when arriving to a restaurant or prior to a business meeting, because of an 'emergency bowel movement', but I still suffer from daily ibs. I do however experience pain under my right rib cage and severe abdominal bloating, which I am trying to figure out what foods set it off more than others, so I can avoid them (such as fried foods...) sometimes my upper abdomen will 'swell' up to 4-5 inches wider than usual, gets very hard and tender to the touch. Anyone have that problem too? No antiacid nor gas pill seems to help, what about you?
    Good luck to all having gallbladders removed. Do keep massaging the area (seemed to help with healing and scar tissue).
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  • I have same problem with postcholecystectomy syndrome, was just officially diagnosed last month, although problem has been going on for a few years. Diet changes have helped some (for me, no sweets, fried foods, spicy foods or high fat foods unless i'm going to be home for a couple of days!), and drs. Also put me on welchol - this keeps me from most not-gonna-make-it-to-the-bathroom embarassing moments. Before I had gallbladder removed, my g/b pain was straight thru my upper abdomen & back, as if i'd been punched thru the gut.

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