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I have IBS-C and got a lot of information,comfort, and encouragement on this board! Now, I'm asking for my husband.He has had an ultrasound, blood tests, upper GI/barium Xrays and more blood tests. Everything was normal. The doctor, the same one that treats my IBS, thinks it could be IBS and prescribed a IBS medication yesterday. I don't know which medication yet, since my husband has not picked up yet.I thought that pain alone was not IBS.Does anybody know anything about this kind of discomfort? It is not even pain nor constant. My husband says that he just feels like there's something there (upper right just below or behind the right ribs).Thanks in advance for any information,LMT
 

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IBS is usually pain and problems (can be mild) with stool frequency or consistancy.There is something called chronic functional abdominal pain that is basically IBS without the stool problems and the pain for that is currently treated the same way IBS pain is so that doesn't make much difference at this point if the call CFAP IBS.Upper right quadrant pain can be a gall-bladder thing, but can be IBS the colon comes up the right side and bends to go across at the rib cage, and the bendy parts of the colon (that one on the right and the splenic flexure on the left) that seem to be problem areas for alot of people. There is also sometimes inflamation in the ribs costochondritis that can cause pain. Most commonly it is in the sternum but it can be on the sides as well. There isn't much that can be done for that other than ride it out, although NSAID pain relievers (like ibupropen and others) may be useful for that as the inflamation of the rib joints/cartiledge is what causes the pain.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
 

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I get right upper quadrant pain very often; it feels just like the gall bladder attacks I used to get before I had my gall bladder removed (intense pain under right ribcage, wrapping around to the back; sometimes duller aching pain instead of intense pain). Sometimes it's accompanied by D or nausea, but often the pain is the only symptom. I've had ultrasounds, blood work, etc., all of which come back normal (although 2 of my liver enzymes come back slightly elevated - the doctors dismiss it, but I'm convinced there's something going on with my liver). My doctors have chalked it up to IBS and give me Vicadin when the pain is too intense to bear.
 
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Sounds gallbladderish. You can do a flush to get the stones out. It's not that pleasant, but it's very effective.------------------
 

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I too have urq pain almost daily and I do not have a gallbladder. There are too many of us on this board with the exact same type of pain in the exact same place for it to be coincidental. The area directly under the upper right rib cage seems to be problematic for many of us. I use vicodin on occasion but it really doesn't help much. The heating pad helps the most. Good Luck!
 
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In May 2000 I went into 2 1/2 months of severe depression for a reason that turned out to be non-existant. I did a number on myself and told not a soul about it. As a result the depression put me into clincal depression which itself was not diagnosed until July 2000. I went on Paxel which helped alot although it has had its own side effects. I believe during this period it was this depression and stress which kick-started my IBS. I thought a first it might have been gall bladder, liver, ulcers, etc. I had a "cadillac" version of a medical workup xrays from throat to bladder, ultra sound, urine, fecal, blood tests and I checked out healthy as a horse. My doctor said "I don't know what I'm going to do with you." I did see a gastro-intestinal specialist who felt it was IBS. This still worried me because I wondered if cancer or crone's syndrome, etc could develope--apparently not. I am, however, going to request a colonoscopy next week to be sure there is nothing else going on to help relieve the added stress of imagining terrible developments going on inside me. My pain/discomfort runs from the appendix-bladder area off and on up the right side to an area along the bottom right rib. Sometimes it feels lightly tender, or near the spot where the small and large intestine are joined there is a localized pricking sensation. Some foods seem to set it off (coffee on an empty stomach for example) I eat lots of fibre, fresh veg, fruit, bran cereals, prunes. I have periods of heart burn (reflux) and only lately a couple of days of near constipation which have passed. I'm not sure this is related but I never ever get constipated, rather the other way around. Don't let questions you have about your physical problems go unanswered by medical professionals. Be firm, demand necessary tests to pin down at least what it is not that you have. Knowing you don't have cancer or other serious disorders or disease can help reduce some of the stress. Get excersise and sleep. It all helps me.
 

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ilovehockey: Just FYI. I've got a condition called Gilberts Syndrome, or Gilberts Disease. It has something to do with elvated levels of something. Something to do with biliruben (sp). I can't remember all the details, but if you do a search for it you can get more info.Apperantly people who have it complain of symptoms related to IBS. Connection, maybe?If I wait too long to eat or don't have many BM's, I get very jaundice. This is the main symptom of Gilberts. Does this happen to you? Maybe you've got the same thing I've got. A specilaist diagnosed me. I forget what kind though. I THINK he was a gastroenterologist.
 

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I've had those upper right pains for as long as I can remember! Not every day though, just every once in a while, but sometimes I get periods when I get it more often. For me, I have found that it is gas getting trapped somewhere, and then nothing moves anymore! Litterally, I feel like my whole digestive system just stopped, although I may just be imagining that, but at least that trapped gas doesn't move. Eating always makes it worse. When I don't eat anything for many hours and let myself get really hungry, it gets a bit better, but as soon as I eat, the pain gets worse again. I have found the weirdest remedy for it though. When I feel that pain coming, usually either in the late morning or early afternoon, I ly down for while (may 20-30 min.) and sip on club soda. That seems to make the gas move along, and most of the time that gets rid of the pain. On some occasions nothing will get rid of it, but that doesn't happen very often anymore. I used to have that pain for 3 days before I found that "trick", and by the time I went to bed it was often so bad I was curling up in pain, and didn't get any sleep. Anybody tried this?Edith
 
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