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Back pain under rib cage on right side in the back.

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Back pain - under rib cage on right side in the back. Starts at night right after I lay down in bed.

It will continue for about an hour. Sharp pains. I've been taking a Hydrocodone that was prescribed for another reason and it helps.

What could be causing this. I am a 57 year old male with a history of osteoarthritis.

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Do you have pain in right side of abdomen radiating to back? Nausea? Are you overweight? Is the pain severe? Is the pain localized? Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No pain in the abdomen - just in the back.

no nausea

About 10-12 lbs overweight

pain is extremely uncomfortable up to serious meaning it takes my breath away or causes me to hold my breath. I wouldn't go as far as saying it was severe.

Pain is localized - just the one spot.

no other symptoms.

This can be due to Kidney stone and should be evaluated by doctor.

Renal colic pain can be happen all of a sudden and can be very severe at times. A clinical examination is necessary for diagnosis. Ultrasound should be done for diagnosis.

Take plenty of fluids, and take Tab motrin twice a day. If the pain is severe, then painkiller injections can be given. Also anti-spasmodic medication will be prescribed.

If pain is not controlled, please rush to ER.

Other possibility is- pinched nerve, and thereby pain in the back. It is diagnosed with help of MRI of spine. Treatment is-physical therapy oral medications, if required epidural steroid injections may be considered.

Please see your doctor for diagnosis and get it managed.

Kind regards

Dr Robert.

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