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Hi, my wife a 71 year old female about 5ft

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Dr. Prasad

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2005

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Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 in Abdominal Pain
Question: Hi, my wife a 71 year old female about 5ft 2" and 115 pounds has had a pain in her left side near the lowest rib. Usually not hurting when sleeping but sometimes is. If she takes a couple Tylenol or 325 aspirin it will go away, or if she presses against it (like leaning against the edge of the tub when washing her hair) it will go away. This has been going on a couple weeks. She went to the primary and he sent her for chest X-rays which say nothing is cracked. She has two bare metal stents so cannot have a MRI. An Immediate Care doctor xray-ed her shoulder and all ok. She cleaned her bowels out using Ducolax to make sure there were no obstructions. Any ideas? Any recommendations as to what type of doctor can determine the cause of the problem?
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If your primary physician isn't able to isolate the cause, I'd consider consulting a surgeon.

Besides cracked/inflammed ribs, other causes to consider include gastritis, pancreatitis, lung inflammation and kidney stone. Chest xray would have revealed signs of lung inflammation if any. Since that was normal, I'd would want to rule out other conditions. Therefore if your primary physician isn't able to help you, consider consulting a general surgeon. An ultrasound scan may be performed.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

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