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Have had stomach pain for past 2 weeks that feels like flutters on the left side under rib cage along with chest pain and back pain. What could it be?

Have had stomach pain for past 2 weeks that feels like flutters on the left side under rib cage along with chest pain and back pain. What could it be?

More than 1 problem: The stomach pain is most likely caused by stomach pain. But the flutters are due to irregularities in your heart rhythm — most often in your age group: premature atrial beats (or contractions). You can feel better by avoiding caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and getting plenty of sleep and trying stress reduction techniques (like yoga or TM). IF that fails, there are meds that can help. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bad back pain on left side that goes around to my front side under breast. Feels like it's under rib cage. Severe pain?

Bad back pain on left side that goes around to my front side under breast. Feels like it's under rib cage. Severe pain?

Intercostal: Pain that radiates from back to front, usually sharp and stabbing in character, may be related to intercostal neuralgia. This irritation of the nerve supplying each rib can be treated by rib mobilization techniques or by intercostal nerve block, which is diagnostic as well as therapeutic.
In either case it is crucial to assure proper rib motion is re-established, or pain will return ...Read more

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Back pain when i breath in on both sides under rib cage?

Back pain when i breath in on both sides under rib cage?

Pain on breathing: How long have u had this? Do you have fever or cough or chest congestion or vomiting or nausea and is it associated with meals?. It could be form a variety of things best to see ur doc. ...Read more

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Pain located in the loser right side, just under rib cage and lower right back. Pain is a nagging, buring pain that does not move.

Kidney?: You might be suffering from a kidney stone or infection. You can see your doc for a urine test and possibly an ultrasound. Motrin may make your pain better in the mean time. ...Read more

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I have had lower rig back pain for two weeks now I have a red rash that's raised on right upper side of my buttock w/ burning sensation under rib cage?

I have had lower rig back pain for two weeks now I have a red rash that's raised on right upper side of my buttock w/ burning sensation under rib cage?

Burning rash: What you are describing sounds like shingles. Have you been under a lot of stress? You need to go to the ER or go see your doctor for medication for this, the sooner the faster it goes away ...Read more

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Hi I'm having right side pain under rib cage and lower back pain that is releaved when I have a bowl movement. I'm also have nausea.

Hi I'm having right side pain under rib cage and lower back pain that is releaved when I have a bowl movement. I'm also have nausea.

Start with water: Try to increase water intake and maybe also fiber intake to get a more even consistency to your stool. If having regular bowel movements results in minimization of the discomfort then this was the problem. If symptoms persist then you probably need to see your doctor in order to evaluate for other things like gallbladder problems. ...Read more

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Recurring utis, lower left back pain under rib cage, high white blood cell count in urine, nausea, weakness. Causes?

Pyelonephritis: It sounds like you have pyelonephritis/ renal infection. You could have infected kidney stones or an obstructing ureteral stone. You could have vessico-ureteral reflux or a large post void bladder residual. I would recommend that you see a urologist and get a renal/bladder ultrasound and voiding cysto-urethrogram. Good luck. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain gets very bad at night, causes pain come and go in chest. Throbbing back pain. Nauseating. And causes pain under rib cage. Not pregnant?

Abdominal pain gets very bad at night, causes pain come and go in chest. Throbbing back pain. Nauseating. And causes pain under rib cage. Not pregnant?

Emergency exam: You have to get to an emergency room or emergi center clinic immediately. You have signs and symptoms of potentially serious illnesses and you need an emergency examination and treatment. Some possibilities to consider are appendicitis, cholecystitis, acute pancreatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, & dissecting aneurysm. The sooner you are properly examined the better your chances for recovery. ...Read more

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I am urinating frequently. Lower back pain. Pain under rib cage. Headache and fatigue. Not pregnant?

I am urinating frequently. Lower back pain. Pain under rib cage. Headache and fatigue. Not pregnant?

Possible infection: Urinary tract infection, pyelonephritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, suprapubic or intersitial cystitis, vaginitis can all cause pain in the suprapubic region, low thoracic region, flank region. Exact etiology of the cause of the pain requires thorough physical examination and testing with your physician to prevent future complications. ...Read more

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I am having middle back pain and left side rib cage pain. Please help?

I am having middle back pain and left side rib cage pain. Please help?

Too many options: Could be lung, could be spine, could be spinal nerve, could be nerve between ribs, could be muscle. To answer this one without more information, you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Left back pain where the rib cage ends, also to the side of the body at the same level. What can it be? It hurts when I make pressure no other symptom

Left back pain where the rib cage ends, also to the side of the body at the same level. What can it be? It hurts when I make pressure no other symptom

Back pain: This could be many things — more information would be needed. If there was a strain or lifting — it could be a muscle strain. If fever or cough — could be pneumonia. If fever or symptoms when you pee — could be kidney infection. If a rash around that side of back with blister like lesions it could be shingles. If the pain persists follow up your physician. Good Luck ...Read more

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I got acid reflux problem.I'm taking nexium (esomeprazole). But from last 2 weeks i have back pain left side close to shoulder blade in rib cage area. Why is that?

I got acid reflux problem.I'm taking nexium (esomeprazole). But from last 2 weeks i have back pain left side close to shoulder blade in rib cage area. Why is that?

?unrelated: Stomach intestinal issues should not be referred to the back unless something serious is going on such as perforation, pancreatitis, bleeding. If you have pain in your shoulder it could be referred pain or something completely unrelated. For this type of complaint a face to face with your doctor will likely provide better answers to a complex question. Good luck ...Read more

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If a person had pancreatic cancer that is causing left side pain (under the rib cage) and back pain, should you be experiencing weight loss too?

Pancreatic Cancer: Unfortunately even in this era of tremendous advances in oncology field pancreatic cancer is still a gruesome diagnosis. The most common symptom is jaundice and pain is rather rare and can be associated with very advanced disease with significant weight loss.
Pain is more often associated with pancreatitis and specific tests should be done to rule out inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). ...Read more

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What causes a bad pain in my right shoulder blade and back pain/ seems to be the right side of my rib cage

What causes a bad pain in my right shoulder blade and back pain/ seems to be the right side of my rib cage

An Ortho evaluation: When patients have persistent pain a good physical and exam can usually help figure out the causes which in this situation can include rotator cuff issues, neck pain, a pinched nerve or muscle spasm. An orthopedist or physical medicine and rehab can evaluate if an MRI is necessary and when to start therapy or other treatment. There are other na ortho causes of pain to consider like costochondritis. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain the radiates under my left rib cage I do have GERD but what could this be?

Indigestion?: Since you have gerd it could be indigestion. Does it start after you eat? Have you tried an antacid? Indigestion and gerd pain can radiate to the back. Please see your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've had back pain under my rib cage on my right side. There is no increase in pain when I breathe or take deep breathes.?

I've had back pain under my rib cage on my right side.  There is no increase in pain when I breathe or take deep breathes.?

Trauma?: If the pain came up on its own and you didn't have an injury, it's best to see your doctor to try to find an underlying cause. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when I take a deep breath, what could this be?

Pleurisy: Sounds like it could be pleurisy. If you don't have a rash on your skin that looks like blisters (which would be shingles), this is likely an inflammation of the lining of your lungs. Ibuprofen (if ok with your system) is the treatment of choice. Other possibilities are a pulled ribcage muscle — if that's the case, Ibuprofen is still the treatment. ...Read more

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Dad has pain in left lower back. Says it's back pain, muscle feels tense around his rib cage. But the pain is not always there. Is it his kidneys?

See below: Back pain is one symptom felt by somebody who has kidney stone or mass but musculoskeletal pain is a more common cause of back pain, especially with muscle spasms. Have his dr examine him to get accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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Bones on right rib cage near sturnum are bigger than left & stick out. Rarely I wake up w/ back pain but goes away after I get up. Is it sciolosis?

Bones on right rib cage near sturnum are bigger than left & stick out. Rarely I wake up w/ back pain but goes away after I get up. Is it sciolosis?

Could be: Or you are sleeping in a "twisted" position...scoliosis does not "go away"
This sounds like it could be easily resolved by a physical examination!
Speak with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when I take a deep breath, it is not muscular, what could it be?

I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when I take a deep breath, it is not muscular, what could it be?

Difficult to say: There are many possibilities here. The pain could be coming from the spine. I am not sure how you know it is not muscular. Other possible pain generators include the lungs, ribs or the internal organs. This could be a pain that originates exactly where you feel it or could be referred from a more distant location. You need a good physical examination by a md/do who is used to dealing with this. ...Read more

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Am getting stabbing sharp pains under left rib cage followed by back pain and stomach cramps x?

Need to get checked: Cardiac and gastric causes most likely, and these could be serious. Need to go to physican for eval.

Stop Ibuprofen right away. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain on right side/hip. Also, have pain in right side rib cage. Feels like I got punched or a bad bruise. What should I do?

Having lower back pain on right side/hip. Also, have pain in right side rib cage. Feels like I got punched or a bad bruise. What should I do?

Must rule out kidney: Have your primary md be sure you do have a kidney problem. Otherwise, heat, rest, no lifting or rotation and make sure you recheck in with primary md. ...Read more

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Upper left back pain at the quadrant. Pain left rib cage & swollen, painful stomach near ribcage. No injury occur. Gastriritis? Wbc is 10.1.

Wbc not cons w: An elevated white count is not common with gastritis. Have they checked your pancreas? Your pain could be referred from the stomach, pancreas or intestines. The spleen sits at the upper left quadrant too...
Hard to say without the full exam and labs to look at. ...Read more

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Sever back pain in the middle. Pain radiets around my sides and my rib cage. Chest tightness! I'm wheezing with my ASTHMA! Please Help Me ASAP.?

Sever back pain in the middle. Pain radiets around my sides and my rib cage.  Chest tightness! I'm wheezing with my ASTHMA! Please Help Me ASAP.?

Go to ER: If you are having severe asthma symptoms with wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath refractory to rescue medications (albuterol) you need to be seen immediately for further treatment. Call 911 or go to emergency room immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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