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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes a sharp pain in my upper right abdomen?

I have a very sharp pain in my upper right abdomen that comes and goes. When I touch it there is not lump or swelling but it's very sensitive. When I twist to the right and hold it in that position it hurts so much that I have to stop and reposition myself. I've had this pain for a couple of months now and it also radiates to my lower back and sometimes my right leg. I have no clue what this can be?
Tue, 10 Jun 2014
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Hi welcome to HCM
Right upper quadrant pain which radiating to the back is highly suggestive of gall bladder related ( gall stones) pain
Other possibilities are renal colic or liver abcess
But in renal colic, pain during urination and in liver abcess, fever and sometimes jaundice also accompany ( which you are not mentioned)
An ultrasound abdomen will give more information

consult your doctor

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