Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause

Right Side Pain Overview

What is right side pain?
A person with right side pain has right-sided abdominal pain. Most cases of right side pain can be further divided into right upper abdominal pain and right lower abdominal pain. Pain that occurs equally in both the right upper abdomen and right lower abdomen (but not on the left side of the abdomen) is unusual. Most patients will have right sided pain that is worse in the upper or lower abdomen.

What is right lower abdominal pain?
A person with right lower abdominal pain has discomfort in the right lower part of the abdomen. The location of the pain can be an important clue in determining the underlying cause. Pain that is localized to one area of the abdomen is often more serious than pain that is perceived as coming from all over the abdomen. Additional important features of abdominal pain include severity, timing, associated symptoms, and the type of pain.

What is right upper abdominal pain?
A person with right upper abdominal pain has discomfort in the right upper part of the abdomen. The pain may be described as being under the ribcage, but may also occur with pain in the middle part of the upper abdomen. The location of the pain can be an important clue in determining the underlying cause. Pain that is localized to one area of the abdomen is often more serious than pain that is perceived as coming from all over the abdomen. Additional important features of abdominal pain include severity, timing, associated symptoms, and the type of pain.

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