What Does Pain In The Upper Right Side And In Your Back Mean?


Asked by AmandaC

What Does Pain In The Upper Right Side And In Your Back Mean?

I was in the hospital yesterday for a really bad pain in my right side almost under my ribs and going into my back. I've had both my appendix and my gallbladder out last year, and the doctor couldn't pinpoint exactly what was wrong. Ive been doubled over in pain; it hurts to breathe and it's killing me. It's not sharp either -- it's a long, dulling pain like what I felt when I had galllstones. If anyone has any suggestions as to what it could be, I would really appreciate it.


One possibility to consider could be costochondritis -; an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone. Another possibility is that there is still a blockage in your bile ducts from a stone or other obstruction, even though your gallbladder has been taken out. This is very common, and typically a doctor will have to another scoping procedure called an ERCP to clear the blockage.

Here is an article about costochondritis you may find helpful:

Costochondritis: A Common Cause of Chest Pain

And some other articles that might be useful as well:

Cooking to Control Pain

10 Chronic Pain Myths

Common Foods That Cause Pain

Answered by Karen Lee Richards