Such a seemingly harmless symptom, like pain under the right edge in front, is in fact very often a signal of a malfunction of the liver, intestine, gallbladder or pancreas. In order not to worry and not to make terrible diagnoses for yourself, let's look at what specific diseases such painful sensations may indicate.
Why does it hurt under the rib on the right side?
As mentioned above, pain on the right under the rib is most often a sign of liver disease or biliary tract. In second place, according to statistics, diseases of the cardiovascular system and lungs. However, to determine the exact cause, it is necessary to take into account the nature of the pain, the duration and frequency of attacks.
Diseases of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts
Quite often, pain in the right hypochondrium is a symptom of liver disease and indicates the presence of such pathological conditions as:
- hepatitis (or inflammation of the liver) - is alcoholic, viral or toxic;
- tumoral diseases of the liver (in particular, cirrhosis);
- parasitic invasions.
But in inflammatory processes in the pancreas, pain sensations are not always localized in this particular area: they are often encircling. If the disease has passed into the chronic stage, then the pain is dull and less intense. Accompanying symptoms are nausea or even vomiting.
If the pain is very sharp paroxysmal in nature, this may indicate the development of gallstone disease.
Often the pain under the ribs on the right is a consequence of the feast. To neutralize them or avoid them altogether, you just need to exclude from the diet some types of products, namely:
- fried and fatty foods;
- smoked meat and pickles;
Other causes of pain
In addition to all of the above diseases, the following pathologies can cause pain in the right hypochondrium:
- duodenal ulcer;
- myocardial infarction and stenocardia;
- pneumonia, pleurisy;
- vascular dystonia.
Of course, each disease requires additional diagnostics, taking into account all indicators of human health. And only an expert can make an adequate diagnosis. For example, the appendix is located in the right lower abdomen, but during the inflammatory process, pain very often gives way to the rib. And it is generally quite difficult to diagnose on the basis of such a sign of heart disease, since in this case the pain under the right edge is a concomitant symptom.
With shingles, pain under the right edge worries only if the rash is located there. Often, patients with vascular dystonia complain of pain in this area. However, the pains in them are characterized by a great variety: they are pulling or aching, paroxysmal or constant. Such pains are called psychosomatic. As you can see, the range of diseases that cause painful sensations under the right edge is quite diverse.
That is why it is quite difficult to immediately say why the right side of the ribs hurts.
Acute pain and its causes
Any severe pain is a very dangerous signal, which is a sign that a person needs urgent help. The cause of its occurrence may be:-
- injuries, namely: rupture of the gallbladder, liver or kidney, rib fracture;
- colic: liver or kidney;
- inflammatory processes in the gallbladder or pancreas;
- infringement of a renal cyst.
All these pathological changes in the body are characterized by severely tolerated acute pain under the edge on the right. A person may lose consciousness from pain, especially often this happens with injuries. A patient with similar symptoms should be hospitalized immediately.
Causes of pain in women
It hurts women under the right edge, as a rule, in such cases:
- with premenstrual tension syndrome;
- with diseases of the female genital organs, located on the right;
- during pregnancy.
Some women before the onset of menstruation in the body produces an increased amount of female hormones - estrogen. In this regard, a couple of days before the onset of menses, pains begin to be felt under the right rib, which are sometimes accompanied by nausea and a feeling of bitterness in the mouth.
The most likely causes of pain under the right rib during pregnancy are:
- an increase in the size of the fetus, which is especially often felt in the later periods;
- active movements of the child in the womb: the baby rests her legs on the mother's ribs, thereby causing a certain discomfort;
- an increase in the size of the uterus, which shifts upward and presses against the lower ribs.
Such pain does not require special treatment, because it will pass immediately after the birth of the baby. Although inform the attending physician of the ailment, of course, necessary.
In the presence of inflammatory processes in the female genital organs, pain can also be experienced under the right rib.
Prevention and treatment of pain under the right rib
Pain is an alarm to the body, and it is unreasonable to ignore it. To establish an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment can only a specialist. But there are general rules that will help, if not get rid of the pain, then at least prevent its recurrence. These are:
- compliance with the regime;
- exclusion of physical exertion and nerve overstrain;
- fulfillment of all doctor's instructions.
And another very important point: before going to the doctor, it is advisable not to take any pain medication, because sometimes it makes diagnosis very difficult.
As we were able to see, the familiar symptom of many in the form of pain under the right front edge is sometimes evidence of very dangerous diseases that require immediate treatment. Do not ignore it and drown out painkillers. The best solution is an immediate visit to the doctor.