What are the Major Causes of Pain on Right Side of the Body

When pain on the right side of the body occurs, it is usually called flank pains. Flank pains may occur anywhere on the right-hand side of your body. However, reasons for the flank pain vary tremendously and so does the severity of pain. In most cases, right side of body hurts due to problems related to the urinary system, such as urinary tract infection, inflamed kidney or kidney stones.

But there are various other reasons behind pain on right side of body. In order to determine the cause, you will need to first see what organs lay on the right side of your body.

Below is an image showing organs on the right side of your body.


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Sharp Pains on Right Side of Body


1. Kidney Stones

When minerals in your kidney start to crystallize, forming a stone that renders the flow of blood/urine, thus causing pain. The pain usually sharpens as the stone travels in the kidney and ureter. The pain begins below the ribs and then intensely spreads towards the lower abdomen and groin. The pain can be felt, both at the front and back.


2. Appendicitis

Appendicitis occurs, when appendix gets infected with bacterial growth. The pain starts to appear as dull aches near the abdomen, which later sharpens as it moves towards a precise location near the right abdomen, exactly where the large intestine meets the appendix.

3. Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches to (in most cases) a fallopian tube or ovaries, instead of in the uterus. The pain begins when the ectopic pregnancy has ruptured. It begins with a dull and constant ache in the abdomen, turning into a painful experience where everything from your shoulders to the abdomen starts to ache horribly, because of the blood oozing out of the ruptured pregnancy and collecting below the diaphragm.


4. Cysts in Ovary

Ovarian cyst is when a fluid-filled sac starts to build on one or both ovaries of women. The cysts usually disappear on their own. However, if it turns huge in size, it may start to produce discomfort. The discomfort may slowly turn to pain on one side of body, radiating from pelvis to the lower back and thigh.


5. UTI

Pain occurs, when the bladder is hit by an infection. The pain varies from person to person. Some experience a dull ache when urinating, while some experience horrendous amounts of pain running from the lower back to the groin.


Pain on Right Side of Body Under Ribs

1. Inflamed Gall Bladder

The gall bladder is a small organ that produces bile, which helps in digestion. This organ can swell up and start to hurt due to excess intake of alcohol, gall stones or because of buildup of bile due to tumors. The pain varies from being dull to sharp and cramp like. The pain is severely felt in the right side of body. Running from the right shoulder blade, beneath the rib cage to the right quadrant of upper abdominal cavity. While abdominal pain can only be lessened as the inflammation goes down, here is how to get rid of shoulder pain.


2. Gall Stones

Gall stones are stones that block the flow of bile, in the gall bladder, resulting in the inflammation of gall bladder, which in return results in severe pain under the ribs, both back and front and in the abdomen.

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is a condition that affects the large intestine. The causes of it are unknown, but it is one of the most common reasons why people complain of upper abdominal pain, under the ribs, along with pain in the lower abdomen.


Right Side Body Pain from Head to Toe

If you are feeling, pain or a sort of numbness that runs down from your head to toe, only through the right side of your body, WebMD’s symptom checker has listed a few reasons that may be causing it. Check them out now.


Muscle aches on Right side of Body

1. Strained Muscles

Our body is made of several muscles running along our bones, which work day in and day out, as we bend, move, sit, dance, walk in our daily routines. The muscles in our back get strained often due to bad posture or over work. This strain can cause mild to severe pain in the back and surrounding muscles.


Nerve Pain on Right side of Body Only

1. Pinched nerve

Pinched nerves are usually associated with muscle spasms in the back. a single pinched nerve in the back can cause pain that radiates all the way from the neck to the lower back, running like a dull ache through the spine.


2. Slipped disc

When a spinal disc, slips and presses onto a nerve, is what causes pain in a slipped disc. A slipped disc causes pain on right side of body, in the back. It often radiates down to the hip and leg.

Looking for other causes that could result in severe body aches? Head this way, to find out some of the major causes behind body aches.


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