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I get pain in right side that comes in waves. Why is this?

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I have pain in my right side that comes and goes in waves. Its a very sharp pain. I can be ok some days and other days its very sore. I have had my urinary checked and that is all fine.

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.

Where exactly is the pain, and, if you've seen a doctor about it, what has he said?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Its on my right side below my rib cage. I was checked for kidney stones and had blood and urine samples taken and she ruled out anything to do with the urinary system.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.

So they didn't think it had anything to do with your gall bladder?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

She never even mentioned it.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.
How were you checked for kidney stones?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I went for a scan to the hospital were they ruled them out.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.
Is this pain in your abdomen or more in the back, since without back pain one wouldn't normally consider a kidney stone?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Its at the front, it does not feel deep like a kidney stone as I have had a kidney stone before but the way the pain comes is quite similar.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.
it can last a whole day?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes it can last for up to 4 days. When the pain comes it is like a hot poker is burning my side for 3-6 seconds then it goes for 10-30 seconds and that is the cycle.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.
Can you tell me precisely where the most intense pain is?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

About 2 inches down from my rib cage and 5 inches from my belly button.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.
is it tender to push on?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No its not sore to touch.

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.
Does the pain ever seem to radiate from your back?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No it feels like the pain is about 2 inch below my skin. (I'm not fat by the way haha)

Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 5 years ago.

OK. I'm trying, as best anyone can online, to do a physical exam on you. The fact that it isn't tender and that you had a ct that didn't show gall stones makes it unlikely that this is your gall bladder, or, for that matter, anything to do with your abdominal contents. This sounds more like a referred pain from a nerve compression in your spine, so I suggest you get an MRI of the thoracic and lumbar spine to look for a disk rupture.

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