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Feeling discomfort right in the middle of the rib cage. When I use one finger to press deep in, it's feel tense and bloated. Could this be serious?

Feeling discomfort right in the middle of the rib cage. When I use one finger to press deep in, it's feel tense and bloated. Could this be serious?

Needs to be Checked: You have chest discomfort along with breathlessness, stomach discomfort and pain. You need to be evaluated by your doctor. Need detailed history, physical exam and if indicated some tests to find out the cause of your symptoms I am sorry but we can not tell you if it is serious without exam and testing.

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My stomach has been feeling bloated recently, I've found a lump that starts below my rib cage and it stops just above my waist. What could it be?

My stomach has been feeling bloated recently, I've found a lump that starts below my rib cage and it stops just above my waist. What could it be?

Lump: You must see your doctor as soon as possible. If your doctor cannot see you in the next two days, I strongly recommend you have a family member or friend take you to the nearest Emergency facility. You will be carefully examined, labs will be done, and the doctor will discuss the findings with you. The doctor may discuss your issues with your primary doctor. Hope all goes well - keep me posted.

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There is a bump below my left rib cage. Feeling concerned. Also have feelings of bloated. Constipated for few days but stool is soft. Anything to worry?

There is a bump below my left rib cage. Feeling concerned. Also have feelings of bloated. Constipated for few days but stool is soft. Anything to worry?

Ribs: Bowl issues and "bump" on ribs may be two unrelated issues. However if it's a nodule on the bone, get it check out. Obtain a basic chest X-ray and have the radiologist focus on the rib causing issues. If nothing is there obtain a ultrasound. It maybe just some fatty tissue deposit.

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Bloated stomach and pain under my rib cage towards my back on the right side, possible causes?

Bloated stomach and pain under my rib cage towards my back on the right side, possible causes?

Multiple: Organs in the right upper abdomen are the kidney, gall bladder, liver and colon. Any of them can cause swelling as you describe. Further definition can only be done when knowing your past medical history, age, and exam results.

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I'm afraid I may have a strange tumor or something. Pain under rib cage, right side. Bloated and constipated all the time?

I'm afraid I may have a strange tumor or something. Pain under rib cage, right side. Bloated and constipated all the time?

Or maybe not: Pain under the right rib cage with bloating may often result from gall bladder disease. See your primary doctor or a general surgeon who may start with and ultrasound study and if positive, recommend surgery.

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My spleen is enlarged and I just started with a cont. Dull pain under left rib cage and abdomen seems bloated when does it become an emergency?

My spleen is enlarged and I just started with a cont. Dull pain under left rib cage and abdomen seems bloated when does it become an emergency?

See below: You report having a cardiac catheterization but did not mention whether or not you have coronary disease. Since this is a new symptom, you may want to have checked out. You can also call/page your primary or whoevever is covering for him or her since they would have access to your entire medical history.

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Pain when leaning forward/stretching in upper right abdomen/rib cage. Not swollen or bloated. Pain is not severe or constant. What could this be?

Pain when leaning forward/stretching in upper right abdomen/rib cage. Not swollen or bloated. Pain is not severe or constant. What could this be?

Muskuloskeletal: Most likely explanation is a musculoskeletal pain from pulled muscle or bruised rib - however an enlarged liver or inflamed gall bladder can also give right upper quadrant pain on leaning forward. If this persists or worsens, best to get an examination by a doctor.

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My stomach gets hard under my rib cage in the centre, I feel bloated, have had an actual cramp in my stomach and that hurt and also gassed up?

My stomach gets hard under my rib cage in the centre, I feel bloated, have had an actual cramp in my stomach and that hurt and also gassed up?

Bloated, cramps: Likely may have gastritis with or without H pylori. May consider trying ranitidine and or prevacid. Would follow up with GI regarding H pylori. Alternatively may be esosinophilic esophagitis, food allergies like gluten soy, gallbladder or pancreas or even ovarian issues f/u/ w/ doc

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I feel bloated and a "numb" pain on the left abd. Side right under the rib cage. The pain irradiates in the left testicle, left thy and left arm pit.

I feel bloated and a "numb" pain on the left abd. Side right under the rib cage. The pain irradiates in the left testicle, left thy and left arm pit.

Need diagnosis: There are several proposed mechanisms for referred pain. Currently there is no definitive consensus regarding which theory may be correct. The cardiac general visceral sensory pain fibers follow the sympathetics back to the spinal cord and have their cell bodies located in thoracic dorsal root ganglia 1-4 (5). As a general rule, in the thorax and abdomen, general visceral afferent (gva) pain fibers.

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Pain upper left side under rib cage, and lower back & stomach. Feels bloated like need to urinate but not much there.

Pain upper left side under rib cage, and lower back & stomach. Feels bloated like need to urinate but not much there.

Splenic flexure: Syndrome: warm air (abdominal gas) rises under the left upper abdominal area (splenic flexure) is common; however, since your spleen is also there-get examined.

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Hi I had a lipoma removed yesterday the size of a fist on my rib cage and now my stomach area feels bloated and tender is this normal?

Hi I had a lipoma removed yesterday the size of a fist on my rib cage and now my stomach area feels bloated and tender is this normal?

Sweeling: It is common to have sweeling in the area of the surgery. It may cause irritation to other organs in that area including the stomach. Have your doctor evaluate you to make sure no other reasons are causing it such as medications for example.

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Bloated stomach, soreness rib cage, high pressure, occasional itching, tiredness. What is going on? How would you diagnosis?

Well: Your symptoms are very vague and nondescript and important to find a diagnosis and treatment. This could be anything from irritable bowel to or inflammatory bowel diseasecancer to fecal impaction are. Consult primary care physician probably for specific diagnosis and treatment

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Sharp chest pains under left lower rib cage by diaphragm. Hurts more after sitting, or with full bladder. Bloated, with frequent smelly gas and urine.?

Sharp chest pains under left lower rib cage by diaphragm. Hurts more after sitting, or with full bladder. Bloated, with frequent smelly gas and urine.?

Needs evaluation: The symptoms of feeling bloated, having frequent malodorous gas, odiferous urine, added to pains in the lower rib cage. . . All mean that a primary care doctor needs to evaluate the situation. He may refer to a GI doctor if an abdominal problem such as gallstones, digestion problems, or a cancer is suspected. Depending on the situation, a lung, kidney, or heart doctor may also evaluate.

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I had food poisoning a week ago which resulted in vomiting & bloated stomach. Now I feel pain under my left rib cage. 32 yrs old, female & my gallbladder was removed 1 year ago.

I had food poisoning a week ago which resulted in vomiting & bloated stomach. Now I feel pain under my left rib cage. 32 yrs old, female & my gallbladder was removed 1 year ago.

Doctor can evaluate: Under the left rib cage are the stomach, spleen, pancreas, and some large intestine. A primary care doctor can check to see if there is a problem with gastritis (stomach inflammation), esophagus problems (the tube from the throat to the stomach), infection or blood problems (that might enlarge the spleen), pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas), and other disorders...

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Have very bad pain in stomach, chest under rib cage and in back just under shoulder blades pain coming in spasms of sharp stabbing pain. Bloated and have only passed a very very small stool in the last 5 days is it possable that this is all down to constip

Possible but: If you are having all these symptoms for over 5 days, you need medical help even if it is simply from constipation (unlikely to resolve by itself). However there may be more serious issues involved and thus you need to seek medical attention now. If your doctor can't see you within the next 2 days, go to the ER

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I feel like I have an ovarian cyst, no bowel movement in 3 days, extremely gasey, hurts to press under right rib cage, stomach bloated, er?

I feel like I have an ovarian cyst, no bowel movement in 3 days, extremely gasey, hurts to press under right rib cage, stomach bloated, er?

See your doctor: Ovarian cysts that cause symptoms usually involve the pelvis and may cause changes in menstrual flow. Bloating is common. If concerned, your doctor can evaluate with pelvic ultrasound.