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Pain in the right back when breathing. No help from Ventolin. What could it be?

I am experiencing pain in the middle right side of my back, when I breathe or move it worsens, but the pain is constant and very strong. It is from quite close to the spine across and above under my ribs and on inhalation is much worse. I have to breathe shallow. I wondered if it was a liver pain. I have asthma , but it is not an asthma pain and I tried a ventolin to see if it helped, which it didn t. Last year I was admitted to hospital with suspected ulcers after an episode of severe chest pain, but it is not the same either.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Based on the description the signs & symptoms more closely resemble the "KIDNEY STONE"

*(1) No this is not a liver pain
**(2) your are correct its not the asthma related pain.

Kidney stone passing though the ureter (tube that connects the kidney to bladder here urine is collected) may cause pain. In such condition drinking good amount of water will help to flush the stone and decrease the pain but it may take some time , mean while over the counter pain killer can used to relive the pain if can't be tolerated.


CONSULT - urologist / any physician.

Here is what they tend to do in most of the case.
1) Will do physical examination
2) do ULTRASOUND of kidney
3) will do some blood test and urine test
4) May require other procedure like CT scan.

5) TREATMENT : mostly drink lot of water and try to wait till the stone passes, and the strong pain killer to get relief mostly over the counter medication will not help much in such a strong pain as you describe, and from such medication you need the prescription.

Hope it helps.

Answered: Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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