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What causes recurring right sided chest pain in an elderly person?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: I am having recurring sudden pain in the right side. It seems to come on if I have just changed position, standing up, bending to pick up something. It's starts suddenly and increases quickly to a severe pain, but only lasts a short time. I am very lethargic some days and fine on other days. I am a 76 year old female, with a history of bowel surgery.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for submitting your question.

The symptoms you describe are very nonspecific and require further investigation with a physical examination by a physician in person. There are several causes which may bring about this type of pain.

It could be related to musculoskeletal issue. It might also represent a defect in the soft tissue of the abdominal wall.

It may also be biliary in nature, though these symptoms often occurs in association with eating. Given your history of relatively remote left-sided surgery, acute complications related to the surgeries are less likely.

Definitive diagnosis is essentially impossible without a proper physical examination and possibly adjunct testing. Please see your physician at your earliest convenience, especially to rule out more concerning causes such as pulmonary or cardiac in nature.

In summary:

- The cause of these symptoms needs a physical examination for definitive diagnosis
- It is important to rule out causes of a pulmonary or cardiac nature

Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Robert Galamaga (4 hours later)
Thank you Dr Galamanga. I have made an appointment to see my GP on Monday. I should probably done tat in Te first instance!
Regards,
Robin Johnston

Incidentally, I am very pleased at how efficiently your service works.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
You are very welcome.

All the best,

Dr Galamaga
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What causes recurring right sided chest pain in an elderly person?

Brief Answer: Considerations Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for submitting your question. The symptoms you describe are very nonspecific and require further investigation with a physical examination by a physician in person. There are several causes which may bring about this type of pain. It could be related to musculoskeletal issue. It might also represent a defect in the soft tissue of the abdominal wall. It may also be biliary in nature, though these symptoms often occurs in association with eating. Given your history of relatively remote left-sided surgery, acute complications related to the surgeries are less likely. Definitive diagnosis is essentially impossible without a proper physical examination and possibly adjunct testing. Please see your physician at your earliest convenience, especially to rule out more concerning causes such as pulmonary or cardiac in nature. In summary: - The cause of these symptoms needs a physical examination for definitive diagnosis - It is important to rule out causes of a pulmonary or cardiac nature Regards