I am a 46 yr old female, I have been experiencing chest to right of center radiating around to the right in the shoulder blade area. The pain was so bad my doctor sent me to the ER. I went through the ER on the chest pain route and no heart problems were found all blood work, chest x-ray and ultra-sound were normal. On physical exam I had pain in my URQ under my rib cage. Although my ultra-sound was normal they ordered a HIDA scan with cck. During the injection I experienced the same pain that brought me to the ER. My results were normal with an injection ratio of 40%. I am wondering what questions to ask my doctor? Will diet and exercise changes help? I currently eat a moderately healthy diet but do eat out for lunch several times a week. I do not exercise much, about 10 minutes 2-3 times a week on the tread mill.
I am also curious how to interpret my scan results. Is there any other things my doctor should check?
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. You need to ask your doctor regarding the cause of the pain which you are having and maybe some other tests to look for the cause of the same. The common causes have already been ruled out by doing the routine tests like x-ray chest, EKG, ultrasound and the gall stones by doing the HIDA scan. The possibility of the pain being muscular in origin is quite likely. However, a CT scan of the upper abdomen and lower chest can also be done to look for other causes like an inflammation of the pleura (pleuritis) etc.
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