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pain under left rib cage when i cough

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Lochemes
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Stress fracture: It's very possible you have suffered from a insufficiency fracture of the rib. There are a lot of people who suffer ripped fractures from degrees of s ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Likely muscle: During and after a bad cough you can pull a muscle between your ribs or aggravate an abdominal muscle. If no shortness of breath and no history of bl ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Cough related: Your rib cage pain may be cough related, but the underlying cause of your cough should be determined. Place a heating pad on the rib cage, monitor fo ... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
See a surgeon: If you truly have a hernia it sounds as if it may need surgical correction. Do this quickly. A viscus may become entrapped in the hernia and create ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Pleurisy: Could be pleurisy. Discuss with your Dr and have team listen over it.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
See Dr: Likely suspects being liver or gallbladder with inflammation/irritation causing discomfort when pushed on (by you from below or diaphragm from above ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: Multiple potential causes, from superficial causes such as a pulled muscle, costochondritis , etc. Or a deeper cause which can include problems with t ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Muscle strain: Abdominal musculature can be agravated withh respirations and movement. Without other symptonms likely the cause but should confirm with physican.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Depends on: level of pain and associated symptoms, but it could be rib fracture or pneumothorax. It could also be something unrelated, such as zoster. Consult w ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Likely muscle strain: It's quite possible you 'pulled' one of the small muscles connecting one rib to another rib -and that will hurt a lot every time you cough. If you're ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rajendra Tripathi
44 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Could be muscle pain: Depending upon how long it has been bothering you and if you hurt yourself or not it could be muscular in origin if it just started you could use hea ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jerome Zacks
50 years experience Cardiology
Lung or pleura: Any irritant of the lung or its tissue covering (pleura) can cause pain in the shoulder blade and lung. It could be a virus, bacterial infection (pne ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can evaluate: One has to find out what is causing pain in order to decide on treatment of it. Things that are under the ribs include the breathing muscles (diaphrag ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Hus answered
15 years experience General Surgery
Pain under rib cage : on the left side it is possibly related to a muscle problem, or a previous fractured rib. Or to an enlarged spleen or stomach related.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
Watch the bra: Rib pain in female under the breast are common it can be caused by inflammation to the cartilage part of the rib caused by pressure or trauma or bruis ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phillip Goebel
15 years experience Emergency Medicine
Possible: Your gallbladder and liver are just below the right ribs and can cause pain that radiates to the chest. This pain would typically occur after eating.
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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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Meislin
35 years experience sports medicine
Rib cage pain: Carefully have your spleen assessed as well as your costochondral junction. An enlarged spleen can be seen in the setting of mono or other blood dyscr ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
Really: Bad pain is of concern. May need a chest x-ray to r/o pleural effusion among other things.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Trauma?: If the pain came up on its own and you didn't have an injury, it's best to see your doctor to try to find an underlying cause.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Lots of stuff there: On the left side are the stomach, spleen, diaphragm (muscle for breathing), ribs, a part of the colon (large intestine), the tail end of the pancreas, ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Examination: It sounds like rib pain, but you should get an examination for final determination. A Doctor of Osteopathic medicine or Chiropractic medicine can diag ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: There are many potential causes. An irritation of a nerve in the mid back can cause pain that radiates around one side of the trunk. Gallbladder, lu ... Read More
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