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Hello! I'm a middle-aged man, healthy for the most part but a little overweight. As of recently I started to feel a stabbing pain on my right flank. I write flank because that's the general area.
The only other symptoms that may or may not be related is elevated blood pressure. I didn't suffer from it in the past.
Sometimes I feel the pain under the ribs, sometimes under my shoulder blade and always on the right side. I went to my family doctor and he ordered blood work, ECG, and abdominal ultrasound. I got the results and 2 things were abnormal: lower than normal sodium and higher than normal amylase. A second round of blood work showed that both levels were getting back to normal. Then he ordered a chest x-ray and an endoscopy. The latter revealed gastritis and hiatal hernia. I've read that gastritis in particular can cause pain but a different kind.
I'm scheduled to see my doctor in 2 months but I'm really anxious as the pain doesn't seem to go away. Pain is less if I'm lying down on my right side and it gets worse if I'm in squatting position or if I stretch.
Just wondering if anybody here has similar symptoms and what might this pain be.
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