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What Causes Right Side Aches?

Right side aches can stem from various issues, ranging from benign muscle strains to serious conditions like appendicitis. Understanding the nuances of your body's signals is crucial for health. With vivid images to guide you, we'll examine common culprits behind these pains. What might your body be telling you? Join us as we unravel the mysteries of right side aches.
T. Broderick
T. Broderick

There are a number of medical conditions that cause chronic right side aches. Even so, medical diagnosis is not difficult as each condition presents with a different set of complementary symptoms. As some conditions only affect women, diagnosis becomes even less complicated. Though most of the causes of right side aches are treatable, seeing a doctor as soon as possible is necessary to prevent complications or death.

Appendicitis is a common cause of right side aches. In this condition a bacterial infection attacks the appendix causing swelling and inflammation. Pain usually presents without warning and is accompanied by fever and vomiting. Along with pain management medication, the primary treatment is surgical removal of the appendix, a procedure known as an appendectomy.

Appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix, is one cause of right side pain.
Appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix, is one cause of right side pain.

Pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed. Unlike appendicitis, the cause is not bacterial. Acute pancreatitis is due to gallstones, another common cause of right side aches. Excessive consumption of alcohol causes chronic pancreatitis. Both forms of the condition are treatable through medication and lifestyle changes. Due to the sometimes severe pain, a doctor may prescribe morphine as a patient undergoes treatment.

Ectopic pregnancy may cause of right side pain in women.
Ectopic pregnancy may cause of right side pain in women.

Crohn's disease, also known as inflammatory bowl disease, is a rarer condition that includes right side aches as a symptom. An autoimmune disorder, the body's immune system attacks parts of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. Besides pain, Crohn's presents with intestinal ulcers, diarrhea and even external symptoms such as swelling of the extremities. The disease is not curable, but medication can lower the likelihood of relapse.

Pancreatitis can cause pain on the right side of the body.
Pancreatitis can cause pain on the right side of the body.

Ectopic pregnancy is a cause of right side aches that only affects women. An ectopic pregnancy is a failed pregnancy where the developing embryo is caught within the fallopian tube as it travels to the uterus. As the embryo grows past the natural limits of the fallopian tube, a woman feels pain similar to pancreatitis. An ultrasound can quickly diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. As an ectopic pregnancy has no chance of success, treatment requires a surgically performed abortion.

Inflammatory bowel disease can cause right side aches.
Inflammatory bowel disease can cause right side aches.

All of these conditions are treatable, but every one can lead to serious complications or death if a person does not immediately seek medical attention. For example, if the appendix bursts during appendicitis, other abdominal organs become vulnerable to infection. Untreated pancreatitis can lead to necrosis of the pancreas, necessitating the pancreas' removal. A patient will be dependent on insulin injections for the rest of his or her life. Ectopic pregnancy becomes life threatening when the fallopian tube ruptures and causes internal bleeding.

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    • Appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix, is one cause of right side pain.
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      Appendicitis, the inflammation of the appendix, is one cause of right side pain.
    • Ectopic pregnancy may cause of right side pain in women.
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      Ectopic pregnancy may cause of right side pain in women.
    • Pancreatitis can cause pain on the right side of the body.
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      Pancreatitis can cause pain on the right side of the body.
    • Inflammatory bowel disease can cause right side aches.
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      Inflammatory bowel disease can cause right side aches.
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      The pancreas gland plays a vital role in digestion and in insulin and glucagon production.