10 Common Causes of Right Side Pain

By shirley
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Gas in the digestive tract may cause pain in the right side of the abdomen. Accompanying symptoms may include belching, flatulence and bloating. Gas pains may only occur occasionally. Dietary or medication changes may alleviate chronic gas pain issues, but sometimes gas pains are signs of more serious conditions. If gas pains persist, a medical evaluation may be wise.

To diagnose the cause of gas pains, the physician may review the person's diet. Tests may include X-rays, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and an upper GI series.3‘Gas in the Digestive Tract.’ Johns Hopkins Medicine, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/gas-in-the-digestive-tract


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