A 53-year-old female asked:
sharp pain when lying on left side. approx halfway up ribs. no pain in any other position. instantly relieved by moving off left side.
1 doctor answer
Dr. Julie Abbott answered
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
Because this pain is: SO positional, I have to suspect a musculoskeletal cause such as rib contusion or fracture, intercostal muscle strain, etc. Pleurisy, inflammation of lung lining, or pericarditis would likely hurt with other positions and activity (deep breathing, coughing).Perhaps you can recall some chest trauma? I think you can watch it; it should gradually improve. See Doc if it doesn't or more symptoms appear
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
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