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A 37-year-old member asked:

Twisting pain under my left rib cage?

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Dr. Charles Owen
Emergency Medicine 42 years experience
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 unusual straining. Any fever, nausea, cough, URI symptoms, GI symptoms? Previous history of same problem? Worsening activities/movements. Relieving activities/movements/ meds. A shot in the dark without more information or a star trek tricorder.
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Twisting pain in rib: On the left side, "twisting" pains, usually some kind of cramp, reflects colonic peristalsis (your colon trying to move some stool along). If you feel constipated, take a good laxative. The best one is miralax, (polyethylene glycol) 1 capful of powder in a glass of water or juice, once a day.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I do for this pain under my left rib cage from coughing?

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Dr. William Galli
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 28 years experience
Determine cause 1st: Most of the time cough can cause rib pain fro the trauma of coughing. One needs to determine the cause of the coug as well. Occ someone will fracture a rib from a severe cough. Talk to your doctor and deterimne cause of the cough and they may prescribe an anti inflammatory medication for this.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Please help! i'm having pain under my left rib cage from coughing?

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Dr. Jeff Durgin
Surgery 21 years experience
Rib pain: Real pain after coughing is most commonly due to straining of the muscles of the chest wall and can be treated with anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen and heating pads or other comfort measures. It is important however to differentiate this from chest pains that might be of cardiac origin. If you feel that you're having pain behind your breastbone associate with the shortness of breath sweats weakness radiation down the arm or other signs of a heart attack please take medical attention immediately.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What could be causing sharp pain under my left rib cage?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Hard to know: Left upper quadrant pain often poses difficulty in diagnosis. Things that live there are the kidney and tubes from the kidney, the spleen and the bowel. The ribs themselves can be a problem as could pneumonia. If not immediately relieve with otc pain meds, simple dietary changes and GI meds, then seek care soon.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have a sharp pain inder my left rib cage?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Try stretching: To see if this helps or hurts. Raising your arms over head while back is arched will open spaces and if it is a muscle injury, will reproduce pain. If not, may be intercostal neuritis. If it is, there are injections that can calm this down. Either way, if it continues, consider seeing a physician for treatment plan. Hope that helps!
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Lawrence, KS
A 26-year-old female asked:

Pain under my left rib cage i take a lot of hydrocodones?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Impossible to say: Without a full examination. Hydrocodone does not come alone in the us - it is mixed with Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen)). If you are taking too many (more than 4 grams per day) you can get liver damage from the tylenol (acetaminophen). See a doctor or go to an er asap to check this out, as liver damage from tylenol (acetaminophen) can be life threatening. If you are prescribed the med, talk to your doctor. If not, get help; detox.
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