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What can cause pain similar to a pulled muscle in the right side towards the back?

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Posted on Thu, 6 Sep 2018
Question: I am having pain on my right side towards my back. It feels almost like a pulled muscle but I am sure that it is not.
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Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Likely muscular but renal colic should be ruled out.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Thanks for sharing your concerns with us.

We will try to help you in best way possible.

First of all, it's sad to know what you had been going through lately.

Based on the history you have shared, such pains are usually a muscular sprain but if it's on the side or going towards the back, renal colic needs to be ruled out.

Ultrasound KUB scan should be done and baseline urinalysis to rule out any pus or white cells or red cells in urine.

Sometimes liver capsule pains can also present in the same way. Ultrasound abdomen should rule that out any such lesions in liver parenchyma or any cystic swelling underneath. Liver function tests may also be needed.

Meanwhile, OTC analgesics like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help along with muscle relaxants like Orphenadrine or Tizanidine.

Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope this has answered your query.

Take care.

Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin, General & Family Physician


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What can cause pain similar to a pulled muscle in the right side towards the back?

Brief Answer: Likely muscular but renal colic should be ruled out. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. We will try to help you in best way possible. First of all, it's sad to know what you had been going through lately. Based on the history you have shared, such pains are usually a muscular sprain but if it's on the side or going towards the back, renal colic needs to be ruled out. Ultrasound KUB scan should be done and baseline urinalysis to rule out any pus or white cells or red cells in urine. Sometimes liver capsule pains can also present in the same way. Ultrasound abdomen should rule that out any such lesions in liver parenchyma or any cystic swelling underneath. Liver function tests may also be needed. Meanwhile, OTC analgesics like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help along with muscle relaxants like Orphenadrine or Tizanidine. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope this has answered your query. Take care. Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin, General & Family Physician