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Pain & swelling left rib cage?

Pain & swelling left rib cage?

Rib pain: The rib cage does not often become painful and swollen, unless there was some direct injury to the area (rib fracture/contusion) or some indirect sprain/strain to the muscle/ligament structures (costochondritis...). There can be soft tissue masses (and rarely bony) that can present with such symptoms, so please get evaluated. ...Read more

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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more


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Twisting pain under my left rib cage?

Twisting pain under my left rib cage?

Need more info: Not enough detail to provide reasoned response. Age? Sex? Known medical problems? Current medications? When started? Any injury/trauma/new exercise or unusual straining. Any fever, nausea, cough, URI symptoms, GI symptoms? Previous history of same problem? Worsening activities/movements. Relieving activities/movements/ meds. A shot in the dark without more information or a star trek tricorder. ...Read more

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Shoulder tip pain and rib pain following laparoscopy?

Shoulder tip pain and rib pain following laparoscopy?

Commonly seen: In laparoscopic surgery, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to make a "cave" that the surgeon can see/work in. At the end of the case, the CO2 gas is removed, but invariably, some remains beneath the diaphragms. The "pain" nerves of the shoulder are the same as the diaphragm. Therefore, patients often complain of shoulder pain after laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Pain below rib cage while inhaling.

See your doctor: If it hurts when you press on it. It is likely musculoskeletal in origin and may be a muscle strain. If you had a viral infection recently it could be pleurisy or inflammation of your lung lining. If you are tall and skinny, you may have burst a an air filled sac on your lungs. You could have also pulled a muscle doing strenuous sex. You may need a chest x-ray. You should also do testicular exam ...Read more

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Pain from right hip bone to rib cage, why?

Pain from right hip bone to rib cage, why?

Could be many things: Depends on exact location, groin or outside of hip? Sharp pain that does not go away for while could be muscle pull but if it lasts > 3 weeks need xray and exam. ...Read more

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Sprained ribs symptoms?

Sprained ribs symptoms?

Pain: Usually symptoms of pain along the site of injury. Would likely need to be seen to make sure you don't have a fracture. ...Read more

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Swelling and sharp pain on fractured ankle?

Swelling and sharp pain on fractured ankle?

Broken ankles: affect people of all ages. The swelling, pain, inability to move, bruising are common symptoms due to the inflammation. It is a good sign of the body reparation process. The treatment is cast for 6-8 weeks, rest, drink a lots of water, pain and anti-inflammatory medications. The prognosis is good. ...Read more

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Can gas cause severe pain under right rib cage?

It can: However, the more concerning thing to consider is gallbladder or liver issues. If you are having pain that comes and goes, it may be gas, constipation, or gallbladder stones or early cholecystitis. You'd benefit from having it checked asap as it could lead to more concerning conditions if it is your gallbladder. Any systemic symptoms, fever, chills, abdomen rigid, increased pain, go to er. ...Read more

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Quick sharp pain under left rib cage. Is this gas?

Quick sharp pain under left rib cage. Is this gas?

Lots of stuff there: On the left side are the stomach, spleen, diaphragm (muscle for breathing), ribs, a part of the colon (large intestine), the tail end of the pancreas, etc... Pain can be from the ribs and their cartilage, a swollen spleen, stomach acidity/gastritis/reflux, muscle strains in the abdominal muscles or diaphragm, excess stool or gas in the colon, pancreatitis, a cancerous tumor, etc.... ...Read more

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Can scoliosis cause rib cage pain?

Scoliosis: Yes scoliosis can cause rib pain. See an orthopedist if you are in pain. ...Read more

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Chest pain centre of rib cage and under ribs ?

Chest pain centre of rib cage and under ribs ?

More info: need to know how long, is it better or worse with food/activity/other, are there other associated symptoms, does pain radiate up/down/left/right/through the middle. There are some dangerous causes so if symptoms worsen change or fail to improve you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Could my rib fractures cause shoulder bursitis?

Could my rib fractures cause shoulder bursitis?

It's possible: it could've change your mechanics of the way you use your shoulder. Another thought is that whatever caused the accident and the rib fractures could have also injured your shoulder and that is why you developed the bursitis. ...Read more

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Pain under sternum and rib cage is it liver?

Pain under sternum and rib cage is it liver?

Most likely Not, but: Sounds like a stomach, or esophagus related issue, like a heartburn or regurgitation/gastritis/esophagitis. See your pcp to be investigated and treated. ...Read more

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Can upper rib fractures cause neck pain?

Can upper rib fractures cause neck pain?

Yes: Most traumatic rib fractures cause chest pain and 'rib pain' but 'upper 'rib fractures T2, T1 can cause neck pain.Also if the diaphragm has been injured or if you have 'bruised ' your collarbone neck pain is common as pain can be referred there or muscle attachments can be affected. See your physician for examination to rule out other sources for your pain. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Sharp pain below xiphoid process and ribs more pain if i bend forward?

Reflux???: Is is acute or chronic? Is it triggered by certain foods too? Try avoiding caffeine and caffeinated drinks, greasy fried foods, oj, acidic foods, spicy foods and nsaids. If you notice improvement in 2 weeks, see a GI doc for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Back pain abdominal pain pain below breast bone?

Back pain abdominal pain pain below breast bone?

A lot of things: Pain in this area can be caused by many things. You will need to see your doctor. He/she will take a good history of your pain, ie its location, is it constant or intermittent, the quality of the pain (i.E sharp, dull, aching, burning etc) whether it is affected by change of position or not, whether it has any relationship to eating or not and many other questions. Then a physical exam and tests. ...Read more

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Broken collar bone hurts?

Broken collar bone hurts?

Yep, I bet it does: Most heal without surgery without resulting in significant residual pain and/or dysfunction. If the doctor is concerned that it won't heal without surgery or that it would heal and result in pain and/or dysfunction, the doctor will discuss surgery. Those that require surgery usually do great after surgery. ...Read more

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Could sharp needle upper chest pain below my collar bone be caused by shoulder pain or injury.?

Get it checked out: It could be from your shoulder but you should take this pain seriously. There is a slight chance it is coming from your heart. It's a good idea to go to the er. ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Get evaluated: Although it would be rare for someone of your age to have heart trouble, shoulder pain is often seen with ischemia of the heart. Also, patients with injury to the spleen can have left shoulder pain. See you doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can a dislocated rib cause abdominal pain?

Rib dislocation: Yes, referred abdominal and chest pain is common with rib subluxation. A nerve branch runs under each rib. ...Read more