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I am female, 53. 56, 135lbs. I have no prior health conditions

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I am female, 53. 5'6, 135lbs.
I have no prior health conditions that I am aware of. I don't smoke. I drink socially.

My Problem:
For about the last 5-6 weeks I have had a strange pressure under my right ribcage.
This is not a pain, but more like a muscle spasm or pressure under my ribs.
It feels very much like (it did) when I was pregnant and I could feel the baby moving under my ribcage. Almost exactly like that.
It doesn't change location or pressure. There is no pain or added sensation if I rub the area or apply pressure with my hand.
No lump or bump. Just a strong feeling of pressure under my lower right ribcage.
It is not pain but the pressure and the constant recurrence of this is really starting to bug me, especially after this many weeks.
I don't have health insurance so I'm looking for some clue moving forward as to what type of testing I should ask a doctor for if I have to go.
I answered an on-line questioner on Gall Bladder symptoms and was only 2 for 10 with only mild heartburn and 1 other thing...can't remember.
There is NO pain but the pressure can be strangely intense, like a fist pressing under my ribs. This goes on and off all day, every day.
Have you ever heard of this? What do you think is going on???

Hello,

 

Thank you for your question,

 

I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.

 

Is there any aggravating or relieving factor?

Any relation with food or work?

Does the feeling radiate or spread to any other part?

Do you have any other symptom?

Can you please write the exact part on the right side?

Do you feel any shortness of breath?

How are stool & urine?

Do you take any medicine?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

 


Is there any aggravating or relieving factor?


 


Any relation with food or work?


 


Does the feeling radiate or spread to any other part?


 


Do you have any other symptom? NO


 


Can you please write the exact part on the right side?


If I had to describe the exact location, I feel a little "notch" right under my bottom rib. The sensation comes from 1" forward of that and seems to run deep toward the back and right.


 


Do you feel any shortness of breath? No. Only pressure.


 


How are stool & urine? Normal


 


Do you take any medicine? No


Thank you Sarah, for the information.

The pressure feeling in the right upper side of the abdomen under the ribs can be from a few causes.

Muscle pull can cause it but it would gradually get less over days.

Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver can cause a heavy or pressure sensation.

Gall bladder disease usually cause pain but there can be only discomfort.

It can radiate to back.

Sometimes gas, reflux can also be felt on the right side.

Ischemia or low blood supply to heart can cause a pressure feeling but it is usually felt more towards center.

I understand your problem with insurance.

But as the symptom is continuing for a few weeks, I would advise to take an examination by doctor.

You can visit one of the centers run by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

They provide affordable quality healthcare to people without insurance.

You can find a health center near you by clicking the link below
http://www.hrsa.gov/

You can need investigations like ultrasonography, blood tests, liver enzyme study, EKG etc.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
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