A 20-year-old female asked:
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i have this sharp pain underneath my rib cage on my left side more torwards my back. it hurts to move my left arm. it also hurts to bend or twist.

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Dr. David Lipkin
52 years experience Internal Medicine
See answer: Pain in this area is often due to a chest wall strain if muscular maneuvers cause or aggravate it. But this Q & A box is not meant for diagnosis. For a proper diagnosis see your physician or consider an online consultation at Health Tap.
Answered on Feb 5, 2016
Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Be seen: There are a lot of possibilities, consider being seen. An exam and appropriate tests can usually determine the cause. Among the possibilities can be a thoracic radiculopathy from the irritation of a nerve in your midback, pleurisy, and pancreatitis just to name a few. Dont let it go too long before getting checked. Thanks.
Answered on May 31, 2016

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