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    Mid-upper right quadrant back discomfort/pain
    vthomp1 posted:
    When you have blood work done, if you have any problem(s), will your blood test results indicate that something, somewhere is wrong and prompt another blood test specific to initial test results be done?

    I had blood work done to check liver due to family member having hep c and everything is fine. I do however have on occassion upper right quadrant back discomfort and sometimes subtle pain. Can you advise on what it could possibly be in that specific area that is causing this discomfort?

    Thank you!
    georgiagail responded:
    The answer depends. A blood test may show nothing to explain this pain and, if a concern, further testing might be indicated.

    Your right upper quadrant back discomfort may be due to a muscle ache from, say, sleeping wrong.

    vthomp1 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Hi georgiagail ,

    Thank you for your feedback. I have considered the information you have provided me with. The problem is that if it were a muscle problem, do you believe it would have continued for this long (2 years) on and off!?!?!

    I thought having a blood test done (no matter the reason behind it) that if anything is out-of-whack, the results would provide numbers that would prompt the doctor(s) to do more testing (after they have consulted w/me). Thank you for your advice, it is very much appreciated!
    georgiagail replied to vthomp1's response:
    There are...literally...hundreds of different blood tests that can be done. If we're talking about routine bloodwork done during, say, a physical examination the results would likely be useless in determining the cause of this subtle pain.

    The fact that your first posting describes this as discomfort and that the pain is subtle would indicate that even having this on and off for 2 years would not imply a serious medical issue (i.e., whatever is causing this is not getting worse).

    Hope this makes sense..


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