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horrible pain on my left upperside?

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I am having horrible pain on my left upperside right under my ribs. It hurts usually throughout the day, but even worse after eating. The hospital did xray said nothing. I also have gallstones. I havent had any other tests so far. I also have constipation to the point of needing medication to go to the bathroom, and the gas follows. Can you help?

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replied April 14th, 2012
Abdominal Pain Answer A33936
Welcome to e health forum.

Since you have mentioned that you have gallstones, it would be beneficial for you to seek your doctors opinion, if they could be the cause of your symptoms.

The common presentation due to gall bladder dysfunction include - Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side , Pain between shoulder blades, Stools light or chalky colored, Indigestion after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods, Nausea, Dizziness, Bloating, Gas, Burping or belching, Feeling of fullness or food not digesting, Diarrhea (or alternating from soft to watery) and or Constipation.

Improved diet (Avoidance of high fatty foods and grease), Physical exercise, weight loss provide the best results in individuals with low functioning gall bladder. Medicines to improve digestion and cleanse the gall bladder can also be prescribed to help in improvement of symptoms.

The definitive treatment of such conditions is cholecystectomy for patients who are able to tolerate surgery.

Taking over the counter laxatives (like Milk of magnesia) and fibre supplements (metamucil and Citrucel) might be helpful to relieve your constipation.

In addition, Eat fiber-rich foods, such as wheat bran, fresh fruits and vegetables, and oats. Drinking plenty of fluids daily and exercising daily will also help.

If the above measures are not helping, consulting your doctor for proper advice would be necessary.

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