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Pain on my right side

dahlia54
dahlia54

I'm a 59 year old women having just been diagnosed with stage one pbc. I started taking ursodiol 300 mg twice a day two days ago. Yesterday I started getting a sharp pain on my right side near my lower rib cage. The pain is intermittent as I move around. I'm very worried this is a symptom of pbc or can it be just a pulled muscle? Can anyone help me?

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Hi Dahlia54

Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. I was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago so not an expert but I do get a pain in my right side too especially when I try to go to sleep at night. Don't know if its became stronger since going on urso or I am just more aware of it because of the diagnosis. But it seems to be a common symptom of PBC. If you are worried I would get it checked out anyway. Could still be a pulled muscle or something else entirely. Hope your keeping well otherwise.

dahlia54
dahlia54 in reply to Angel_b

Thank you for your response. I hope you are doing well too.

Angel_b
Angel_b in reply to dahlia54

Thank you still coming to terms with it but getting there. Think it takes a while. Be kind to yourself and this is a great place to share...

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I get a fluttering feeling too. Nothing to bad just concerning. On the 6th I'm having my biopsy. Stress is winning over my life if I don't make changes and fast. Pbc thrives on stress

It says on the leaflet that comes with urso if you develop right upper sided pain to see your doctor. I thought it was strange because I already had the pain before I started urso, but it maybe a problem if you didn't have the pain till you started the urso. If you know what I mean

Hi Dahlia54

I sometimes get this if I've eaten something fatty or spicy.It usually wears off after 2 or 3 hours. I'm not on urso though. Does your pain get worse after food or is it all the time?

Hi, I have just been diagnosed with pbc 6 days ago. I haven't had a biopsy yet so have not been started on any meds. I was wondering if your not taking urso what do you take? I was hoping there was a more natural way to treat the disease...

I was diagnosed with PBC 6 years ago when I went to the GP about the pain in my side.

This is the only real symptom I have with PBC, mine lasts for a few seconds as I eat and swallow , it's as if someone has stabbed me . I also find it uncomfortable to sleep on that side and as someone else has mentioned above , it's often when I've eaten some sort of food ( in my case chocolate or cream or greasy food .

I stopped taking Urso after 6 months as it didn't agree with me and the pain was there before Urso.

I have learnt through different sites, that there is a liver capsule around the liver that causes the pain when the liver is swollen or inflamed .

If it's bothering you I would go and get it checked out.

dahlia54
dahlia54 in reply to Buddy2017

Thank you.

I was diagnosed three days ago, I have had that right side pain for about 6 months intermittently.

But I also a few years back had gall bladder issues with pain in the same area and it was made worse if I ate creamy foods. I was not sure if the PBC has irritated my gall bladder or if it is a common liver twinge with this condition.

I never got to mention my side effects as the Dr was a bit vague all round.

I am writing all mine down for the next appt.

I would definitely get it checked out as worrying will not be beneficial to your days and nights.

Jo

dahlia54
dahlia54 in reply to Jo_Br

Thank you

had.pbc for 18yrs...i get theright sidepain snd fluttery /bubbly feeling its just one of the things that goes with territory.

i donk think its one to worry about... you will get used to it. best wishes cazer. x

dahlia54
dahlia54 in reply to cazer

cazer Thank you for your reply.

Paulajohno
Paulajohno in reply to cazer

I'm so glad you mentioned the fluttery bubbly feeling. I get intermittent pain but I got the bubbly feeling a few days ago and it freaked me out. I also bent down to my right and felt like my liver had flipped (only way I can describe it). 🙄

cazer
cazer in reply to Paulajohno

yes it feels like my liver gets stuck under the edge of ribcage. x

Paulajohno
Paulajohno in reply to cazer

In that case I almost feel normal 🙂

cazer
cazer in reply to Paulajohno

glad to hear my wierd symptoms have reassured you... ha ha.!!! cazer.

Paulajohno
Paulajohno in reply to cazer

Well it's good we can giggle about it 😂. Thanks

cazer
cazer in reply to Paulajohno

yes its the best way forward i find..... and half the gps are fairly clueless on the symptoms... mine told me that I know a lot more about the pbc than she does. x

Paulajohno
Paulajohno in reply to cazer

Oh I know that feeling well. 🙄. Good luck moving forward. It's still early days for me as for me as diagnosed last June. 🙂👍

I too have a dull pain most of the time on my right side - my dr seems to think it is just a pulled muscle because the area is damaged with my liver but it's been going on for quite some time :(

cazer
cazer in reply to Becca75

most of the consultants acknowledge the liver painxx

Becca75
Becca75 in reply to cazer

mine isn't a consultant - she's a liver specialist (is that what a consultant is there?) anyway i was surprised when she didn't say it was necessary related to the PBC - but in any case it's there .don't know what it means -but it's there.

cazer
cazer in reply to Becca75

liverspecialist is probably a consultant a higher level than normal doctors.

they might want to check there's not a another cause but my has turned out to be liver pain. xxcazed

Becca75
Becca75 in reply to cazer

it's probably my liver but i was just surprised when she didn't acknowledge it - but i might bring it up again when I see her in May. :) xx

cazer
cazer in reply to Becca75

yes i had people just ignore me when i mentioned it... now I know what it is with me at least im reassured and its one less thing to be mystified about!!! x cazer

Pain on the right hand side, under the ribs can be gall stones. Everybody has them, but if they move about they can be very painful. I was told if pain is very bad and lasts for more than 24 hours then to go to either the Liver Clinic at my hospital or go to A&E.

Becca75
Becca75 in reply to Debbiem40

I know for me - i had my gallbladder removed when over 10 years ago - so it's the liver.

so when they say if the pain is really 'bad' to go in - what would you compare that to? like how bad is bad? mine is pretty much a dull pain that comes and goes.

have you ever had to go in because of that pain?

Thats a very good point - how bad is bad? I guess if its more than you can bear and it lasts longer than 24 hours! But no, I've never had to go in...

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