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Pain Under Ribs - What Is Physically Going On?

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#1 Sibenjam

 
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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:27 PM

I have been having horrible pain under my ribcage for about four years. I have gone to my pcp doctor to complain again and again, and have also seen two different GI doctors, all of whom suggested that I had IBS but had no explanation or relief for the pain. Finally I saw a Liver and Digestive Disease Specialist who agreed with me that I do not have IBS, but quite possibly this is caused by a reaction to gluten. I have been gluten free for nearly 10 days (with one relapse) and the pain is subsiding. In the meantime I had a HIDA scan and lots of bloodwork, for which I am still awaiting results. I have been doing lots of searches on the Internet and over and over again I read anecdotal stories of people with this exact same pain but nowhere have I read an explanation of what is internally, biologically causing the physical pain. Can anyone offer any explanation?  Thanks! Susan


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:43 PM

If its the right side, it could be the gallbladder. Mine did fine on all blood tests and ultrasounds, but when i had a HIDA scan done it showed it was working at 5%. The pain was really bad from it. It was not functioning properly either.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:12 PM

I experienced this on my right side for MANY years until I found out I had celiac disease.  It took a number of months for it to resolve, though, on a gluten-free diet.  I always thought that it was caused by celiac because it corresponded with the beginning of the small intestine, where I assumed the most damage had occurred.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:24 AM

Gall bladder is a possibility.  Damage and inflammation of the small intestine caused by celiac disease is another.  Celiac disease causes damage to the villi lining of the small intestine.  It's not real unusual to see posts on this forum by people with both gall bladder issues and celiac disease.  Sometimes the gall bladder can heal after the irritation (gluten) is removed, but not always.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:40 AM

If it feels like the entire ribcage itself, it could be costochondritis, an inflammation of the connective tissue holding together the ribcage.  This goes along with certain types of auto immune or generalized inflammation conditions, like some types of arthritis.  A flare-up will coincide with a glutening if you have a gluten problem, as well.  It is good to see some of the Liver Specialists cuing in on the problems gluten can cause with the liver, gall bladder, etc.  Anything that makes your liver malfunction, is going to cause a lot of discomfort in other areas. 


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:26 AM

I have costochondritis and it is NOT funny.  Started when I had severe bronchitis which then became pneumonia.  The intense and frequent coughing literally ripped muscles from my bones.  That happened 2.5 years ago and I have had the pain ever since.  Would love for it to disappear but so far has not on my gluten free diet.  Makes it very difficult to sleep at night.

 

Hope you find out what is causing this pain!


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

I experienced this on my right side for MANY years until I found out I had celiac disease.  It took a number of months for it to resolve, though, on a gluten-free diet.  I always thought that it was caused by celiac because it corresponded with the beginning of the small intestine, where I assumed the most damage had occurred.

 

 

OH ,so good to see you, Rose! How's the arm??? :)

 

(pardon the interruption, folks)

 

As for rib cage pain, breast bone pain, cholecystitits ( pain & inflammation in my gall bladder which eventually became diseased and was removed)  and costochondritis including severe pain whenever I took a deep breath...well, I had them all while quite ill from UnDXed celiac.

 

Post DX? --all gone. 


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:43 AM

OH ,so good to see you, Rose! How's the arm??? :)

 

(pardon the interruption, folks)

 

As for rib cage pain, breast bone pain, cholecystitits ( pain & inflammation in my gall bladder which eventually became diseased and was removed)  and costochondritis including severe pain whenever I took a deep breath...well, I had them all while quite ill from UnDXed celiac.

 

Post DX? --all gone. 

 

Thanks for reminding us there is always hope.  :)


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<p>Confirmed celiac disease February 2011 from biopsies. Strictly gluten free March 18 2011.Diagnosed with fibromyalgia April 13 2011.3 herniated discs, myofascial pain syndrome, IT band syndrome, 2 rotator cuff injuries - from an accident Dec. 07 - resulting in chronic pain ever since. Degenerative disc disease.Osteoarthritis in back and hips.Chronic insomnia mostly due to chronic pain.Aspartame free May 2011.

When our lives are squeezed by pressure and pain, what comes out is what is inside.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:21 PM

Thanks for reminding us there is always hope.  :)

 

Oh, Lovey, my friend,  hope is what I hang my hat on.  :)

With hope, all things are possible.  Without it, you're already beaten.

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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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