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sharp pain on my right side below my rib cage?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: May be something simple like a muscle stitch (spasm) that can be relieved by stretching muscles in that area. Or might be internal problem like liver, gallbladder, duodenum, ascending colon, pancreatic head, etc. If stretching doesn't relieve it, see pcp for evaluation, testing if needed, treatment options.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Gallbladder disease?: If related to fat ingestion or cucumbers consider gb disease.The liver also lives there, as does part of the large intestine. Start with gb

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A 31-year-old female asked:

I get a really sharp pain right under my rt rib cage towards the bottom n side n back. What can it be? All imaging tests come back normal, n bw too

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Specialists can look: If pains persist despite some investigations, a patient can return to her primary care doctor for follow-up. The doctor might refer her to the pulmonologist (lung specialist), the hepatologist (liver specialist), the nephrologist (kidney specialist), the neurologist, and others, to look at the different organs that are in that area. Meanwhile, pain meds might help the symptoms.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What could sharp pain on right side just below rib cage indicate?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Many things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

When do I call my doctor about right sided rib cage pain? Is a very sharp pain thy only happens when i breath deeply.

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Dr. Basil Harris
Emergency Medicine 23 years experience
Please see your doc.: I rec that you call your doctor to discuss the details. May be ok, but there are many serious cond to consider. With more info your doc can help you work through the possible causes. Call immediately if you have shortness of breath, are coughing up any blood, or have risk factors for blood clots (smoker, taking bc, hx of clot, fam hx of clots, etc). Also consider pna, ptx, trauma, or card cause.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Fiance has been getting a sharp pain on right side by his rib cage in a certain spot for couple weeks now often, what could this be?

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Dr. Homer Lassiter
Specializes in Family Medicine
Costochondritis: Sharp rib cage pain is usually cartilage irritation (costochondritis). It is painful but harmless. That being said, any persistent pain should be evaluated
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A 32-year-old female asked:

I have been having a sharp pain on the right side under my rib cage. It comes and goes. It's worse after I eat and a night?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Right upper abdomen: Your liver is on your right side below the ribs. The gallbladder is tucked under the liver. Right side abdominal pain, above the belly button is usually where it hurts with a bad gallbladder. After eating you get bloating, belching and pain which can radiate into your back. Ok to get evaluated with your doc, ask for a gallbladder ultrasound. Be well.

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