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spasm under left rib cage

A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
34 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Need more info.: Structures in that area are spleen, kidney, diaphragm, and intestines. True muscle spasm that comes on after exercise is most likely diaphragm and wil ... Read More

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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
13 years experience Neurology
Ribs: Could be irritation of a thoracic nerve root...Rare. Possibly but rare to be a lesion in or around the thoracic spinal cord.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Rib cage: The pains you describe are not likely to relate to the heart. They are more likely musculoskeletal, neurological or inflammatory in nature.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe: Runners may have diaphragm spasms, but those go away in a short time. If your symptoms are truly ongoing for 2 months, it is worth a look. Draw blood ... Read More
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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 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 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Guy Farmer
29 years experience General Surgery
More: information needed
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 female asked:
Dr. Donald Collins
40 years experience Family Medicine
Strain?: Did you lift or strain? This can cause rib/side pains. Are you coughing or short of breath? Think of bronchitis or pneumonia. Are you having nause ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Diaphragm.: It could be your diaphragm. Make sure you stretch your trunk muscles routinely, it could help.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Rincon
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Transmission: Normally one can perceive the pulse transmitted from the great vessels or heart in areas of the abdomen, chest or neck. Depends on body habitus. If im ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Costochondritis?: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the joint that connects a rib to the sternum. These joints are not listed in the area you've described. So I wo ... Read More
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 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Hard to tell: It is difficult to be specific diagnostically when the symptoms are so vague. This could be many different things including musical skeletal, splenic, ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
More info: need to know how long, is it better or worse with food/activity/other, are there other associated symptoms, does pain radiate up/down/left/right/throu ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Maughon
23 years experience Pain Management
Pain rib cage: Usually not. This is a radicular pattern from the back. You need to be examined. They will want to know what brings the pain on. What makes it better? ... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Miranda
Specializes in Neurology
Trauma related?: Many possibilities.
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 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 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 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 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 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Moran
18 years experience Pain Management
Depends: Could be muscle, rib irritation, lungs, or abdominal problems. I would try tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti inflammatories, rest and monitor. Maybe h ... Read More
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