Right side under rib cage pain/tightness
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Posted 30 November 2001 - 07:35 AM
Posted 03 December 2001 - 09:52 AM
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Posted 03 December 2001 - 11:14 AM
There are a number of sources of right sided pain and these symptoms should be reported to the doctor for evaluation. One concern with pain high in the abdomen on the right is gall bladder disease. The colon is also in that area and bends so many with IBS have pain there as the bends in the colon are commmon trouble spots.The doctor should be able to based on the symptoms figure out which tests need to be run. Unusually severe pain in this area would require a trip to the ER as gall bladder problems when they are bad enough can require immediate treatment.As for the liquid sloshing. The Digestive tract dumps water into the food to make the food being digested liquid. Everyone has liquid sloshing around noises, just some people are louder than others. A major role of the colon is to remove the water that was dumped in at the beginning of the process. If the stool is dry that could be from the colon removing too much water from the stool. Drinking more water can help with that as when you are well hydrated you don't need to recycle as much water. Adding bulk to the stool with fiber can help with that as well as the fibers absorb and hold water in the stool making it harder for the stool to be dryed out. Add fiber slowly over time to the diet as large changes can cause discomfort. If those don't help and the doctor OK's it osmotic agents or stool softeners can be used to also add water to the stool to keep it moister.K.