Is it usual that the pain (from a strained/pulled muscle) would continue to get worse over a ten day period, rather than begin to subside?
Why would you rule out a kidney stone or gallstones/cholecystitis?
Aren't the symptoms I'v described consistent with one or both?Trust me - I prefer your 'suspicion' that it's a just an injured muscle, but I don't want assume that my 'harmless' gallstones haven't grown/moved over fifteen years - or that a moving/passing kidney stone might manifest differently than what I've experienced in the past. I have a history of frequent urination - and sometimes have difficulty emptying my bladder, so I might be slower in recognizing the signs of a kidney stone than the average person...
I'm not sure about the 'pop.' It may have just been the shooting pain.
The pain I'm experiencing is on the upper right, under the rib (below my breast) but also wraps around the side and radiates slower, and it sometimes refers to my mid-upper back. I have also had pain in my right outer thigh, which can radiate down my leg. I don't know that the leg/thigh pain is in anyway connected with the muscle strain, since I have occasional lower back issues (a few weeks ago (prior to the supposed muscle strain), I rotated my pelvis forward and had to go in for an adjustment).
Not that I'm pulling for a gallblader diagnosis, the symptoms listed do seem to fit somewhat - and gallstone attacks are often described as 'sudden' onset. Even my kidney stone pain came on quickly (both times) - although it got progressivley worse over a period of few hours before they actually passed.
I suspect my doctor will order a CT scan to rule this out - but if what I'm describing is still consistent with a pulled muscle, please let me know. Also, other than heat/Ibuprofen, can you suggest anything else I can do that might be beneficial in promoting healing and better pain control? Flexeril?
Just curious: could pulling this muscle cause all of the symptoms I've described, including the thigh/leg pain?