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Published At April 20, 2021
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have constant dull pain under my right rib that has lasted over a month, accompanied by upper-middle abdomen discomfort, gas, and bloating. The pain is followed by indigestion when eating a large meal of something like pizza. I am passing stool two times a day. Sometimes it is hard, and sometimes it is loose. It has a yellowish-brown appearance most of the time. The other day it was a normal darker brown. The right side pain has awoken me at night. Last week the pain seemed not to be as intense as if it were getting better. The right side pain under my ribs is constant. It is not excruciating and especially felt when laying down or bending over. It does not seem to be as uncomfortable when I am active. I have had a recent ultrasound that showed nothing more than a 5 mm polyp on my gallbladder. Six months ago, I had a computed tomography scan done, and it showed a 1 mm kidney stone and a small benign cyst in my right kidney. Recently I did the blood testing, which came back good.


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After reading your query and analyzing your reports, I feel you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Do you ever have pain once you are asleep? Do you have any anxiety issues? What medicines have you taken till now? Please revert with the asked details for better help.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Once I fall asleep, I do not feel the pain but wake when I do. I sleep on my stomach, and I do have high anxiety, especially since these symptoms started. My mind always goes to cancer, and I am dying. I currently take Crestor (Rosuvastatin) regularly and Flonase and Ambien as needed. I have also been taking fiber and a probiotic for the past two weeks.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You just have anxiety-related irritable bowel syndrome. If pain is real, it troubles you at night also when you are asleep. When your mind gets off, the pain disappears. My friend, it is difficult to accept that I have all this because of anxiety. Most people who do not accept gets troubled like you are getting troubled. Start yoga, meditation, and morning walk. Discuss with your doctor to prescribe you Paroxetine or else consult a gastroenterologist to get a ibs prescription medication.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anshul Varshney
Dr. Anshul Varshney

Internal Medicine

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