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A 24-year-old male asked:

Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Tough: How long has problem occurred ? Could be many causes. Early shingles, spasms between ribs, irritation at rib/cartilage junction, something going on in lung base, somatic (muscles and connective tissue). You are going to need to get this one checked out.
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Pain below rib cage: Could be gas in colon or lung issues infection versus clot, ( especially if on birth control and smoke) , or spleen if had injury, or kidney stone / or gastritis / GERD. Since there is concern o f clot would f/u/ w/ doc / urgent care ER today.

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