Rib pain under right breast and back after eating

Posted by alicat @alicat, Jan 27, 2019

Since September 2018 I have had right rib pain in front and in my back. I have been checked for kidney stones and gallbladder issues which all came back normal. I do have an ulcer without bacteria that was almost healed (Beginning of December 2018) I am on prescription Nexium, gave me antibiotics just in case. After I eat (today scrambled eggs and 1/2 biscuit) I gag, sometimes I do throw up a little. Any ideas? I'm tired of hurting and not eating.

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@alicat

Hi everyone! After many months and many tests I finally have an answer. Yesterday I had another CT but this time with contrast and barium. I have a benign tumor on my 11th rib, right side. I am meeting with a thoracic surgeon and he will decide if it needs to be removed. I am so relieved. Thank you for all of your kindness.

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@alicat
I'm so glad to hear that there is a reason for the pain and you can deal with the problem now in the best way possible! I'm sure you are relieved to have an answer.

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@fde11

hi Cookiegnias, i am so glad that you are ok, my pain is less when i go to the bathroom since i am constipated, do you have the same issue? hoping for a reply, ty

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No still have pain even when not constipated frustrated

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@alicat

Hi everyone! After many months and many tests I finally have an answer. Yesterday I had another CT but this time with contrast and barium. I have a benign tumor on my 11th rib, right side. I am meeting with a thoracic surgeon and he will decide if it needs to be removed. I am so relieved. Thank you for all of your kindness.

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So happy for u how did u get them to do that test no one listens to me

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@alicat

Hi everyone! After many months and many tests I finally have an answer. Yesterday I had another CT but this time with contrast and barium. I have a benign tumor on my 11th rib, right side. I am meeting with a thoracic surgeon and he will decide if it needs to be removed. I am so relieved. Thank you for all of your kindness.

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Did u r gastro doc do the test

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@cookiegnias

So happy for u how did u get them to do that test no one listens to me

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Let me start from the beginning. I went to my GP for rib pain( November), he did the Murphy test for Gallbladder and it was positive, so I was sent for a ultrasound and HIDA scan which both came out negative for Gallbladder, then I had a CT with contrast (important info here, I did it at a small town hospital, less than 7000 residents). The CT showed no Gallbladder problems but my GP still thought I was having Gallbladder issues and sent me to a surgeon who said no way I bet you have an ulcer, did an endoscope and there was a big nasty ulcer. But I kept having this rib pain, the surgeon called me a month (mid January) later to see how I was doing (we have a friend in common so that helped) and he sent me to a gastro Doctor who had me do a CT scan with contrast and Barium and blood work,(done at a bigger hospital in a bigger city with better CT scanner) I did this yesterday and got the results in today. The tumor as I said is benign and the Doctor is sending me to a thoracic Doctor and I go from there. I will keep you updated. Be diligent, its your body not there's so push! BTW: I wear a tens unit I got at Walmart and it helps mask the pain.

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@alicat

Let me start from the beginning. I went to my GP for rib pain( November), he did the Murphy test for Gallbladder and it was positive, so I was sent for a ultrasound and HIDA scan which both came out negative for Gallbladder, then I had a CT with contrast (important info here, I did it at a small town hospital, less than 7000 residents). The CT showed no Gallbladder problems but my GP still thought I was having Gallbladder issues and sent me to a surgeon who said no way I bet you have an ulcer, did an endoscope and there was a big nasty ulcer. But I kept having this rib pain, the surgeon called me a month (mid January) later to see how I was doing (we have a friend in common so that helped) and he sent me to a gastro Doctor who had me do a CT scan with contrast and Barium and blood work,(done at a bigger hospital in a bigger city with better CT scanner) I did this yesterday and got the results in today. The tumor as I said is benign and the Doctor is sending me to a thoracic Doctor and I go from there. I will keep you updated. Be diligent, its your body not there's so push! BTW: I wear a tens unit I got at Walmart and it helps mask the pain.

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And I should mention there are a lot of nerves in this area which causes pain in other areas of the back, like below my shoulder, that is classic Gallbladder, the body is weird!

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Hi alicat, i have the same pain as you, sometime on the right sometime on the left, i was diagnosed with peptic ulcer, i am better now, but i have on and off pain, was your pain all the time or on and off? i hope for a reply, ty in advance

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@fde11

Hi alicat, i have the same pain as you, sometime on the right sometime on the left, i was diagnosed with peptic ulcer, i am better now, but i have on and off pain, was your pain all the time or on and off? i hope for a reply, ty in advance

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Never at night, but as the day goes on it would get worst. So I bought the tens unit and it helps. Because I had the ulcer at the same time as the tumor I cannot say if I had ulcer pain or not. I never have pain on the left, mostly the back side of my ribs which radiate to my upper back below my shoulder blade, sometimes in my upper hip. I hope this helps

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@alicat

Never at night, but as the day goes on it would get worst. So I bought the tens unit and it helps. Because I had the ulcer at the same time as the tumor I cannot say if I had ulcer pain or not. I never have pain on the left, mostly the back side of my ribs which radiate to my upper back below my shoulder blade, sometimes in my upper hip. I hope this helps

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hi alicat, did you have the pain before the ulcer or after, me first i had h-pylori and then i was diagnosed with peptic ulcer, i find that all this pains that i get it started after. ty for replying

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I had the pain before the ulcer, but I did not know I had an ulcer, so Cannot tell you if it was related or not. It just started slowly, so not sure if it was related to the ulcer or the tumor. I wish I was more help.

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@alicat

I had the pain before the ulcer, but I did not know I had an ulcer, so Cannot tell you if it was related or not. It just started slowly, so not sure if it was related to the ulcer or the tumor. I wish I was more help.

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ty so much for replying

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Nearly 1 year ago, I began having periodic extreme pain in my right upper abdomen that radiated to my chest and back. Several years earlier, in 2011 I had my gallbladder removed- it was filled with stones and infected. Three doctors later and several tests showed a blockage in my bile duct. Had a procedure to remove a stone. All was well until yersterday when symptoms returned. Now my symptoms are severe to moderate pain. Worse when I eat and lay down shortly after OR if I bend over. Pain is excruciating. Lots of belly gurgling right after I eat. Diet doesn’t seem to matter – it’s what I do after I eat that seems to cause the pain. Low level lower back pain, with sharp radiating pain in upper back. I’ve scheduled a dr appt with a gastroenterologist- same who did my bile duct surgery. Of note, the stone was large enough that the dr had to snip the bile duct sphincter to remove it. Is it possible to have grown another stone. Thankfully, I am retired. I could not fuction at a job with this level of pain. Three different doctors – three different prescriptions. I have taken none of them. Any similar stories?

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