What did the doctor think I had?
May 10, 2012 6:39 PM Subscribe
What is a doctor looking for if he palpates the kidney area and asks if it is painful?
posted by smilingtiger to health & fitness (7 answers total)
I had a slightly strange interaction with an ER doctor last weekend. I went to the emergency room for a non-illness-related reason (I needed help removing a menstrual cup) and the doctor and nurse were very personable and helpful. After taking out the cup for me, the doctor instructed me to get dressed, and left the room. He immediately returned, just as I started to get dressed, and said something like "Can I just check something?" Then he pressed (palpated?) the areas below my ribcage on either side of my belly and asked if it hurt. I was a bit surprised, but said no, and before I could ask him why he was checking, he hurried out of the room. What could he have been checking for? Is it even possible to guess? (I never mentioned any symptoms or said I was feeling unwell.)