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Hello i all, i can't believe i have found you all. I am very nervous lately its been one thing after another with me. I have had chronic mastioditis in right ear and am deaf in right ear cause of it. In april i ended up with 2 ruptured disk and one herniated. So i was put on percocet for 8 weeks, then got spinal epidural injections and my back was like 75% better, and now I have found one cyst or lump located on the same side same place on right and left rib, wierd. They do not really hurt, but are annoying. Its like i can chase it up and down my last rib on each side. they move around they feel like a small grape. I am having some shooting pain under my right rib cage, and some times more to the left lower rib cage. I ignore it simply cause i don't want to go back to the doctors i am tired, but care about taking care of myself and family. Also I am just now able to catch up from medical bills from the back. I was also taking a birthcontrol pill simply for a cyst on my ovary which is somewhat better, i stopped taking it because i don't like taking meds when not needed. i was on the pill for 8 months. (orthotrycilinlo).
I don't hurt all the time like a lot of you it comes and goes and happens when i am sitting more than not. Sometime after I eat. Any advice greatly appreciated. thanks :
A friend just emailed this to me, because I have had right side pain for months and had lots of tests. I am printing this and calling my doctor.

General Information About Adult Primary Liver Cancer from
Possible signs of adult primary liver cancer include a lump or pain on the right side.
These symptoms may be caused by swelling of the liver. These and other symptoms may be caused by adult primary liver cancer or by other conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:
• A hard lump on the right side just below the rib cage.
• Discomfort in the upper abdomen on the right side.
• Pain around the right shoulder blade.
• Unexplained weight loss.
• Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).
• Unusual tiredness.
• Nausea.
• Loss of appetite.
Tests that examine the liver and the blood are used to detect (find) and diagnose adult primary liver cancer.
The following tests and procedures may be used:
• Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.
• Blood chemistry studies: A procedure in which a blood sample is checked to measure the amounts of certain substances released into the blood by organs and tissues in the body. An unusual (higher or lower than normal) amount of a substance can be a sign of disease in the organ or tissue that produces it. An increased level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood may be a sign of liver cancer. Other cancers and certain noncancerous conditions, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, may also increase AFP levels.
• Complete blood count: A procedure in which a sample of blood is drawn and checked for the following:
o The number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
o The amount of hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen) in the red blood cells.
o The portion of the sample made up of red blood cells.
• Laparoscopy: A surgical procedure to look at the organs inside the abdomen to check for abnormal areas. An incision (cut) is made in the abdominal wall and a laparoscope (a thin, lighted tube) is inserted into the abdomen. Tissue samples and lymph nodes may be removed for biopsy.
• Biopsy: The removal of cells or tissues so they can be viewed under a microscope to check for signs of cancer. The sample may be taken using a fine needle inserted into the liver during an x-ray or ultrasound. This is called needle biopsy or fine-needle aspiration. The biopsy may be done during a laparoscopy.
• CT scan (CAT scan): A procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body, taken from different angles. The pictures are made by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. A dye may be injected into a vein or swallowed to help the organs or tissues show up more clearly. This procedure is also called computed tomography, computerized tomography, or computerized axial tomography.
• MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): A procedure that uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body. This procedure is also called nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI).
• Ultrasound: A procedure in which high-energy sound waves (ultrasound) are bounced off internal tissues or organs and make echoes. The echoes form a picture of body tissues called a sonogram.
[COLOR=Indigo][SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Wow, and here I thought I was all alone in this. :bouncing:

My gall bladder was removed around 3 yrs ago and recently (about 6 months now) I've been having sharp pains under the right rib cage, but more toward the breast bone stemming from the sternum around to the back and boy does it hurt! I can't sit for long, stand for long and the only thing that helps is lying flat on my back stretched out with a heating pad. The skin is also tender and it feels like a lump is there.

It's not related to foods or drink *I gave up carbonated beverages and chocolate and have been on a very low fat, low cholesterol, low carb diet for 4 years due to a heart condition. I also have hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I have no idea what this pain is from and I'm at my wits end. I can't sit in a car for long without lying down, which leaves me out from sharing the driving when we go away. I get bloated and feel bad too.

My doctor took a rib xray, which I knew wouldn't produce anything and I stopped taking my cholesterol meds, niacin500 and triglycerides medicine and for a short while (a day or two) the pain went away. He put me back on different meds and it's back. It really makes no difference. I think my liver is shot.

Whoever said liver disease doesn't hurt is not thinking right. It does so hurt. Ever see a person with chirrosis or cancer of the liver? They turn yellow (jaundice) and hurt like heck. My sister had pancreatic cancer and she hurt in her back only, til it spread to her liver. Then her bile ducts got messed up. Yes, liver can hurt. I think maybe having my gall bladder removed and taking statins like I do increases the pain.

I'm supposed to go for a scan soon. Does anyone have any idea what this is that we are experiencing? Is there a common thing between anyone?

I'm 58 and a female. I don't eat fats or too many sweets and don't drink alcohol. I don't smoke. I exercise when it doesn't hurt. I take fibro meds so it's not fibro. Anyone else have thyroid problems? Could that be the link? Anyone take statins for cholesterol? Could THAT be the link? Could it be just a syndrome? :confused: I've added in CoQ10 for my liver function and also a good vitamin with natural herbs and minerals that has lots of antioxidants in it plus vitamin C.

I'm about to go :mad: from the pain![/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
Well I am back here again, my pain began back in 2002 as I was writting under another user name but anyhow I have not been on here in quite some time and I wanted to let you know that I went to a new doctor yesterday and let him feel that the lump I have near my right bottom ribs has enlarged and the pain is becoming very unbearable he took one feel of it and said yes this is definatly a casue for concern and I am sending you to a surgeon they should be calling me in a week or so to schedule the consultation and I hope they decide to take this out and it be the end of my problems. He did say they will probably do a biopsi on it also. my old user name is hacomommy if you want to go back and read my post. I will let you all know what they say and maybe it will help you out.
Well I went for my consultation with the new surgeon Thursday and he took one feel of the lump on my right side under the last rib and said it was a Lipoma (fatty tumor) he numbed me with lidocaine and took it out right there in the office I have 5 stiches on this 1 1/2" incision. he said to come back in 7 days to have them removed. I noticed that he did not mention any pian meds so I figured since it was an in offce procedure it probably would not cause to much pain well yesterday I was in excruiating pain and my husband called him to tell him I needed pain meds and he said he has taken out thousands of these and had not once had to prescribe meds afterwards for pain so I had to go back in to make sure I did not have an infection or blood clot and I did not thankfully but he said that first of all Lipomas are not suppose to be painful and they are usually removed for cosmetic reasons and the area should not hurt after removing it. So I go back next thursday for the pathology results on it and get these stiches out but I am worried not what the hell is making me hurt on that side I thought for sure it was the mass I found and now who knows!!!!! I guess if the pain goes away great and if it does not I will be back on here with the rest of you trying to figure out this bazarre pain we all have. I have had my gallbladder out and colon, liver,kidneys ect all checked out and they say they are all normal.

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