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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more


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My 56 yr old husband is having abdominal pain just below the rib cage. He says it runs across the abdomen. He is diabetic. Has high cholesterol.?

My 56 yr old husband is having abdominal pain just below the rib cage. He says it runs across the abdomen. He is diabetic. Has high cholesterol.?

Ye, could be heart.: To interpret your presumed concern, issues in the bottom part of the heart could cause upper abdominal pains - a stress test would be a good idea as you listed three risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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I'm 5 months pregnant and have started having some abdominal pain. It starts below my rib cage on both sides. I've had my gall bladder removed already?

Probably normal : This is probably normal for your first pregnancy but it would be best for you to discuss with your obstetrician who may want to perform an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Persistent abdomen pain near bottom left side,radiating upward toward Rib cage. Usually comes and goes,today won't go away. What can it be?

Persistent abdomen pain near bottom left side,radiating upward toward Rib cage. Usually comes and goes,today won't go away. What can it be?

Many things: Many things can cause your pain. If it is changing for the worse, which it sounds like it is, you need to see your doctor. One of the things that can cause it is diverticulitis, which requires medicine and sometimes an emergency operation. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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What is this abdomen pain underneath my rib cage?

What is this abdomen pain underneath my rib cage?

Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Right side abdomen pain in under the rib cage, when I am sitting i feel more pain?

Right side abdomen pain in under the rib cage, when I am sitting i feel more pain?

Varies: There are many potential causes. An irritation of a nerve in the mid back can cause pain that radiates around one side of the trunk. Gallbladder, lung, and kidney problems can also cause similar symptoms. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Right side upper abdomen pain under rib cage causes?

Right side upper abdomen pain under rib cage causes?

Possibilities: Ruq abdomen is home to the liver, gall bladder, small intestines, diaphragm. Gall bladder stones, duodenal ulcer, pneumonia, hepatitis, and sometimes atypical appendicitis can cause RUQ pain. Persistent pain warrants immediate evaluation by doctor. ...Read more

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I have a belly button pain on right side, acid reflux, growling abdomen, pain under right rib cage?

I have a belly button pain on right side, acid reflux, growling abdomen, pain under right rib cage?

Gallstones?: This could be any number of problems involving the stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, . A full history and physical along with diagnostic testing and imaging is recommended. ...Read more

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Right upper abdominal pain under rib cage radiating through to back ?

Likely Gallbladder: Right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back is often gallbladder related but could be an ulcer or pancreatitis. Best to get checked by a doctor. They can order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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I've been having upper abdominal pain near my rib cage. particularly in the upper middle of my stomach. what does this mean?

I've been having upper abdominal pain near my rib cage. particularly in the upper middle of my stomach. what does this mean?

Doctor can evaluate: Upper abdominal pain can be from "acid" pains, such as a stomach ulcer, just gastritis with no ulcer, or reflux (heartburn). An infection with H. pylori bacteria can lead to stomach ulcer pains (an acid blocker can help). One needs more evaluation by her primary care doctor. Heart disease, rib and cartilage problems, pancreatitis, gallstones, or various cancers can cause upper abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed 11 months ago. I have been having epigastric pain for several weeks now and severe pain and nausea under the right rib cage after?

Gallbladder removed 11 months ago.  I have been having epigastric pain for several weeks now and severe pain and nausea under the right rib cage after?

Bile duct stone?: There are a number of tests, ultrasound, mrcp that you could have to rule out a retained or new primary gallstone in your bile ducts. If these are clear an EGD/ERCP may help. IF negative you may need additional testing. If it is not a stone then review your meds. Many things can cause right sided pain. See a surgeon or GI doc ...Read more

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Right upper abdominal pain, under rib cage when walking for the past 3 months. After recent flight feel pain also at night spreading to back. Concerns?

Right upper abdominal pain, under rib cage when walking for the past 3 months. After recent flight feel pain also at night spreading to back. Concerns?

Biliary colic: You may have gall bladder disease, i.e. Stones. A frequent symptom is being awakened at night with RUQ pain and radiation around o the back, caused by a stone rolling into the neck of the gall bladder and obstructing the cystic duct. An ultrasound of the gall bladder should be done to diagnose this. ...Read more

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Upper abdominal pain sharp stabbg pain under right rib cage when I sit up no appetite for 5 days extreme nausea no appendix gallbladder what can I do?

Upper abdominal pain sharp stabbg pain under right rib cage when I sit up no appetite for 5 days extreme nausea no appendix gallbladder what can I do?

RUQ pain: It sounds from your history that your gallbladder has been removed. It could be adhesions from the previous surgery that is causing a partial bowel obstruction, it seems less likely but possible to be an inflammation of the small bowel. A CT scan of the abdomen with oral and IV contrast may help to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is this serious? Do i need to seek medical attention? Central upper abdominal pain appearing about an hour after eating..Between rib cage and belly button...Waves of pain has been lasting several hours...Sometimes severe..Cramplike. Male 54 years old

Other : Other things to consider if this happens routinely after you eat are gallstones and inadequate blood supply to the bowel. Gallstone pain is classically brought on by eating fatty foods and is most easily tested for with ultrasound. The problem of inadequate blood supply to the bowel (called mesenteric ischemia) is much less common than gallstones. It can also be tested for with ultrasound, though the tech needs to know that he or she should be looking at blood vessels. ...Read more

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I have lower abdominal pain and constant upper abdominal pain right at the top of my rib cage. Plus the bridge of my nose feels like its buzzing?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Belly Pain (Definition)

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