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Pain under right ribs, can anyone shed any light?

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detoxifying Tue 02-Sep-08 12:29:13

I made a decision to have a long period off alcohol. I quit exactly a week ago today and have been feeling great! My plan is to stay alcohol free until Christmas.

I would say I have been a fairly heavy drinker, up to a bottle of wine a night or equivalent. blush but only for a few years rather than for a decade or longer.

For the last 2 days I have experienced a sort of radiating pain under my right ribs. It lasts for a minute or so and then goes away.

I'm thinking it's something awful. Could this just be the liver heaving a sigh of relief? <hopeful>. Surely, it would have been doing this while I had been drinking if it was alcohol related?

Or is there a chance it's something totally unrelated?

Can anyone reassure me?

moosemama Tue 02-Sep-08 12:46:02

When I was taken to a&e with pains under my right ribs they thought it was my gallbladder (ie gallstones).

Turned out it was gastri reflux, which really surprised them as the pain was in the wrong place.

Does seem a coincidence that it has happened just after you gave up alcohol, but it could be just that, a coincidence.

Get an appointment with your gp, can't do any harm.

detoxifying Tue 02-Sep-08 12:49:42

Thanks moosemama,
I will go see the GP if it continues, I'm such a chicken, I was hoping to avoid it.

Hope you're better now smile

moosemama Tue 02-Sep-08 13:08:39

Sorry that should have read 'gastric' reflux! blush

Yes am better thanks - well at least I was before I got pregnant, now I seem to have reflux all the time - gotta love that Gaviscon though! wink

detoxifying Tue 02-Sep-08 19:44:55

Poor you moosemama, congrats on the pregnancy though! Keep taking that gaviscon

Anyone else any thoughts. I've been scaring myself on google just now and fatty liver seems to be jumping out. The plus side is that seems to be reversible by stopping the alcohol intake.

Piffle Tue 02-Sep-08 19:54:28

detox same here
Had 3 cans sometimes 4cans Stella a night habit which I've kicked over last month successfully
Habit not addiction it seems
I was woken at 4am other morning with rhythmic stabbing big pain about every 15 seconds
Nearly gonna call nhs but then it went
I put it down to new bra <worried>
Was really v sore though how often have you had yours?

detoxifying Wed 03-Sep-08 10:04:53

Hi Piffle,
Mine was about 4/5 times per day over the last 2 days, always under my right ribs and feels like the pain radiates out, nothing this morning though.

I got myself into a bad drinking habit so wanted to do this. Apart from the rib thing, I've felt absolutely fine.

You're one month in to the detox? That's fantastic smile. From a non-specialist, I would have thought your pains would have shown up earlier than after one month of not drinking if they were alcohol/liver related?

Let me know how you get on, well done!!

Piffle Wed 03-Sep-08 13:09:41

cheers detox
Mine did not radiate but sharp pain about size of 1p piece

Nothing since

Yes I had 10mths off when preg with ds2 June 06-march 07 then little booze while bf til June08 then since then had droppped into wanting drink at 5pm and not stopping shock

So relieved I've done the stopping
If we drink now it's 1-2 small glasses of nice wine on weekend

Am also dieting to sjift the 4kgs I put on very fast while drinking!

detoxifying Wed 03-Sep-08 13:54:33

I think I've lost weight even after a little over a week off the booze by doing nothing but stop drinking, what a diet!

I agree about the stopping, the thought of stopping is far more scary than actually putting it into practice. Mind you I have 2 big social occasions coming up where the drink would usually be flowing down my neck. We'll see how that goes.

Strange pains we have, do you think it could be psychosematic(sp?) due to worrying about drinking and the effects?

Reckon the most sensible thing is to see gp if pain comes back, otherwise, embrace and enjoy a period of sobriety, cheers grin

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