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I've got a pain under the left side of the ribs - came on suddenly this morning seemingly without doing anything to trigger it. It hurts more when I breathe in. It hurts in every position but it's worse on moving to the point of bringing tears to my eyes. It could be indigestion (although I've never had it there before) but how do I tell? I don't want to go to the drs looking like an idiot when it's something very trivial. I can't do anything about it until tomorrow as DH is currently on crutches following an op and can't be left alone with the dcs.
I'm glad its the wrong side for it to be my gallbladder. I had a lie down this afternoon and let the kids run riot. Its better when lying down and not moving. Its still very sore when I move around or take a deep breath.
I've eaten normally and have no other symptoms so I wonder if I've pulled a muscle but I have no idea how I did. If its no better in the morning I will go and see a doctor.
I can eat and it doesn't seem to get any worse when I do. It really hurts on breathing in a deep breath (or yawning) which fits with it being an intercostal muscle. Not in agony - doesn't warrant a&e. Just bloody annoying now.
Update - pain still there yesterday so went to GP. GP thought it was likely to be muscular but then found protein and a bit of blood in my urine sample so diagnosed a kidney infection. I'm on antibiotics. But pain is worse today, and kept me awake for several hours last night not helped by DS3 waking up.
Now I'm wondering if its an ulcer. I've been to get some stomach acid meds and will see if they help. I have a feeling I'm going to end up going back to the drs
I don't think it sounds like ulcer pain, but that is going by family members, not myself, so I could be wrong. I had a kidney infection last year and it really hurt, and it took a while before the antibiotics kicked in, the pain gradually lessened rather than going quickly, also i felt really dreadful, I have never felt so ill, even with swine flu. I had a month in bed and lost a stone, it was ghastly. Do you feel ill, or is it just pain?
Hellymelly - that's why I don't think it is a kidney infection. I've had one in the past and I was so ill. I've got no signs of infection - no temperature or feeling achy. Just the pain and now acid indigestion and nausea (which could be due to the antibiotics). I have no experience of ulcers so I have no idea what they are like.
So the pain is still there unless I'm taking the painkillers and even with I can still feel its sore. Went back to the GP today, bloods are all fine and so was chest x-ray. She still thinks its muscular because the pain is too far across for it to be an ulcer. I'm not at all convinced because I have rampant heartburn now as well. But I am going to take the anti-inflammatory for another week and then stop and see what happens. Fed up of being in pain.