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i have randomly been getting a sharp,stabbing pain on my right side in the lower last two ribs. This is about every couple of months. Now this is at least 10 times a day. But Im more worried because for the past 2 weeks i have been getting sever pain on the left side about an inch away from my breast bone around the 2nd from the last rib. This left side pain is wrapping around the side into my back under my shoulder blade. sometimes into the armpit. It is so severe now that it hurts to laugh. I had an ultra sound done and was told that nothing showed up. The pain is horrible. I am bloated, nauseated,and belch constantly. and lately i have been getting a scratch dry throat. I feel dizzy and weird, like off. I dont know what to do or what this could be. the pain on the right side hurts to take deep breaths and the left side pain is just constant and progressive. can anyone give me an idea?

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  • Dr. Chris February 4, 2011

    It is advisable that your upper gastrointestinal tract be investigated further. While conditions like acid reflux, gastritis and peptic ulcers may cause this, the concern based on your description is with regards to the pancreas, gallbladder and bile duct.

    Pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas), cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder), gallstones, and cholangitis (inflamed bile ducts) may all produce these symptoms. The greater concern based on your report is pancreatitis and you should see a doctor immediately.

    You can read more about these conditions in these articles :
    1. Pancreatitis – http://www.healthhype.com/what-is-pancreatitis-acute-and-chronic-pancreas-inflammation.html
    2. Cholecystitis – http://www.healthhype.com/what-is-cholecystitis-acute-chronic-inflammation-of-gallbladder.html
    3. Gallstones – http://www.healthhype.com/what-are-gallstones.html

    Cardiac conditions should always be excluded as this can sometimes cause vague symptoms that are incorrectly attributed to the gut and abdominal organs. An ultrasound may fail to detect some of these conditions and your doctor should refer you to a gastroenterologist for more specialized investigations, like an upper GI endoscopy, ERCP, MRI scan and so on. A stool test and further blood workup may also be considered.

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