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pain in upper left rib cage area

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Trauma?: Were you injured? Have you been lifting heavy objects or doing strenuous work? Your symptoms suggest a muscle strain or pull. Possibly even a bruised ... Read More

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Many possibilities: This could be from something irritating the diaphragm from above or below, from the rib or the costochondral attachments, an enlarged and tender intra ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
If U R thin, U may--: -B feeling the air in the colon at the splenic flexure, this going away with touch is the air actually being scooted out of the way by Ur hand. What U ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Multiple things: A portion of the lung, the pancreas, the small and large bowel are all located deep to the ribs on the left side. If you are having trouble, consider ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes, you should consider being seen. Possible causes can incude an irritation of a nerve in the thoracic spine, an in ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arun Patel
44 years experience Family Medicine
Seek attention : If the pain has been present for a long time and is getting worse it would need to be evaluated. If the pain is minor and does not interfere with any ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Lots possible...: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Mills
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Multiple: Possibilities are numerous 1 gallbladder attacks 2.Musculoskeletal--rib pain 3. Lung problem--infection , clot etc should see an md to be exam ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rashid Khan
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Go to ER: Get evaluated by an emergency room physician.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Harper
51 years experience General Surgery
Kidney: There are several diseases that can cause pain in this area. Kidney stones are the first thing that came to mind when i read your question but infecti ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Splenic flexure: I would think this is splenic flexure syndrome caused by constipation. You need to be checked out.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Several things: are possible including muscle/ligament strain, infection, inflammation of the lining of the lung. If lower down on the side, then could also be relat ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcus Romanello
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Nerve problem: Possibilities: pinched nerve in back, bulging disc, early (pre-rash) shingles, traumatic neuropraxia (bruised nerve) , tumor, heart attack, other. It ... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See a doc: Some questions just cannot be answered well in a forum like this, especially if your symptoms have literally dozens of possible causes, from completel ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
27 years experience General Surgery
Likely Gallbladder: Right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back is often gallbladder related but could be an ulcer or pancreatitis. Best to get checked by a doctor. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be checked: It is likely to be musculoskeletal in nature, but it could also be your gall bladder. If it is not improving you should be evaluated with an ultrasou ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Need tests to treat: If pain is sharp , need to find thecause by exam and tests to find the cause , please see your doctor , or go to nearest er.
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Early shingles?: There is the possibility of shingles being present with the rash presenting later intercostal neuralgia caused by a virus is also a possibility.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience Family Medicine
Abd pain: Possibilities include: appendix , gall bladder, ulcer, .... Get in to your doc.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Arbit
32 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Can be many things: This pain can be myofascial, rib pain, vascular, lung or even due to your GI tract. You should have it looked at by your doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Owen
40 years experience Emergency Medicine
Need more info: Not enough detail to provide reasoned response. Age? Sex? Known medical problems? Current medications? When started? Any injury/trauma/new exercise or ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
It can: It can, but suggest that you get checked that it it is not heart related.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Examination: The rapid onset of your symptoms suggests an infection, but you don't describe feeling ill other than fullness and pain. See your physician today, an ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Yes, because: Liver is located largely above the costal (lower rib cage) margin.
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