Hi everyone. First off, let me just tell you that my biggest fear in life isn't dying....it's SURGERY. Never needed any surgery so far (knock on wood), but it just really, really scares me. Being put under, all that.
There was this party I was preparing for, so I went on a health kick to slim down. I started eating only Subway subs loaded w/ green veggies, I started walking and doing sit-ups (something I hadn't done in years!), and also (and this was a really dumb choice), started wearing a very tight sports bra. I just didn't want my breasts to start "sagging", esp. during exercise, so I thought this would be the best solution. WRONG.
Anyway, it's been a month since I ended this health kick (I've stopped it all because of my recent symptoms.) Everytime I eat, OR whenever I think of something that gets me nervous, I get a pain under my right rib cage. It hurts like a regular stomach ache/gas in that area after eating....and it also makes loud gurgling sounds. But you know when you think of something that scares you, or even something you're excited about and your stomach sort of "jumps"? Well, mine has always done this, but now when it jumps, the pain hits in that upper right stomach area. Definitely worse when I'm nervous. It just feels like I've injured this area, possibly while wearing the tight sports bra and doing the sit-ups. Whenever I cough or sneeze, the outer ab muscles on that right side tighten up and then twitch a few times, like they're extra-sensitive or even strained. The only other time I ever had pain under my right rib cage was after the stomach flu....I had to force myself to throw up a few times and then that pain remained for about a week. It went away, but unfortunately returned once I started doing sit-ups before that big party.
Do you think it's possible that an outer muscle injury/strain could also affect the inner muscles of the stomach during digestion? The pain isn't very bad and it's only under that right rib....from a scale of 1-10 the pain in only about a 1 or 2. Also, the minute I swallow food/water and it goes to that part, that's when I feel the pain. Example: I'll take a sip of juice, feel it go down my esophagus, and then as soon as it passes thru the upper right part of my stomach, that's when I feel the pain, but mild pain. Just feels inflamed in that area...even when I bend down I feel like there could be some swelling there. But I spend WAY TOO much time focusing on this too.
So I don't know. I just don't want it to be gallstones or gallbladder disease or liver/pancreas problems. Yeah, I've done the reading. I'm the worst hypochondriac you'll ever meet, and I know WAY TOO MUCH medical stuff. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, or if you have/had a similar situation to mine, please share! Thanks so much.