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I have right side pain?

I am a 51 year old woman who is having pain and some discomfort in my right side. It comes and goes. This has been going on for weeks now. I don’t have a gallbladder and I did have gastric bypass years ago. It’s a flank, come and goes, and achy pain! I have been taking ibuprofen. And many years ago too, I also had a kidney stone. And I’m trying not to visit a doctor if possible.

Female | 51 years old
Complaint duration: 2 months
Conditions: Right side pain

3 Answers

Sounds like reoccurring kidney stones, but can be gynecological. Visit PCP and OB-GYN for pelvic and vaginal ultrasound.
Without seeing a doctor, you may not get very far. There are some long-term side effects from a gastric bypass that could be contributing to your symptoms. Long-term NSAID (anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen) can cause ulcers, especially in bypass patients, although that typically presents as left-sided pain. Kidney stones, diverticulitis, ovarian cysts, gastroenteritis, muscle strains... the list can go on.
This does not sound orthopedic. It may well be from your kidney. A doctor visit may well be necessary.

Christopher B. Michelsen, MD, FAOA, FAAOS, FACS