Doctor insights on: Bulge on left rib cage

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I have a visible bulge under my left rib cage. It's not painful, but obnoxious. It pops when I push on it. Any ideas?

I have a visible bulge under my left rib cage. It's not painful, but obnoxious. It pops when I push on it. Any ideas?

Possibly a: Floating rib or abdominal wall hernia. Difficult to say for sure. Have a surgeon look at it, because it sounds like a mechanical problem rather than an internal organ problem. ...Read more

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Hi, I've got a small soft bulge on my left rib cage, it's 5cm below my breast, it's neither pain or moveable, it's been there for months, any clues?

Lipoma maybe: It could be a lipoma. Only way to know for sure is to see a physician. Would start with your family physician and then see if he/she sends you to a general surgeon. ...Read more

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What could the bulge be below my left rib cage? Sometimes it feels swollen w slight pain. Even can feel the bulge, when I saw my dr bulge not there

What could the bulge be below my left rib cage? Sometimes it feels swollen w slight pain. Even can feel the bulge, when I saw my dr bulge not there

Gastric bubble: Most likely the bulge, that comes and goes, is your stomach. It is located under your left rib cage and can fill with gas, feeling like a large bubble. If the bulge, lump is bothering you, try belching to see if the bulge decreases. ...Read more

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Discomfort on left side of stomach below rib cage, mostly when I m sitting...i feel as if something is bulging out. But nothing is.

Discomfort on left side of stomach below rib cage, mostly when I m sitting...i feel as if something is bulging out. But nothing is.

LUQ pain: Pain in this area may be from the stomach, intestine, colon, muscular cause. Have yourself examined to narrow down the cause. ...Read more

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Yesterday, I noticed a slight lump/bulge on my upper left abdomen below my rib cage after dinner. It is not painful. Is this anything to worry about?

Not yet.: I wouldn't worry too much just yet. It could be a harmless cyst or deposit of fat called a lipoma. It's something your doc should check out - not urgently, though. If it's not painful and you have no other symptoms, it could be done within 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a small bulge on my upper right side under a rib cage. It comes and goes and it is painful to touch. Usually it happens after exercise.

I have a small bulge on my upper right side under a rib cage. It comes and goes and it is painful to touch. Usually it happens after exercise.

Get examined: The best advice I can offer is to get a history and physical examination by a good doctor.

It may be a hernia, the chance of this would increase if you've had an operation in the area. It may even be a normal variation of standard anatomy.

The best way to evaluate it is with a physical examination. Ask the doctor to examine you while you simulate the circumstances of its occurrence. ...Read more

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When I lay on my back there is a bulge above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?

When I lay on my back there is a bulge above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?

Not to Worry: Its the bottom of your sternum ("Breast plate") called the "Xyphoid Process" a piece of cartilage, that's all, perfectly benign. NOT to worry and don't poke at it. I know you are! It will just make it sore! ...Read more

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Is the small bulge under my right rib cage cancerous? It's just a slight bulge under my right rib cage and it's causing a sharp pain. The pain is constant but when I laugh the pain also comes

Is the small bulge under my right rib cage cancerous? It's just a slight bulge under my right rib cage and it's causing a sharp pain. The pain is constant but when I laugh the pain also comes

Hello.: Hello. I am not able to visualize what area of the torso you are referring to. However, most of us have an area that is just below the breast bone that can feel like a bulge. It is called the xiphoid process and it is cartilage that is attached to the base of the breastbone or sternum. It can become inflammed and sore. If you are feeling something different and it appears to be a mass; I suggest getting it checked out by your doctor. Not all bumps are cancerous. ...Read more

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I have a bulge that comes and bulge that comes and goes under my right rib cage. As time passes the level of pain increases. My abdominal CT scan neg?

I have a bulge that comes and bulge that comes and goes under my right rib cage. As time passes the level of pain increases. My abdominal CT scan neg?

May be lumbar hernia: Lower part of rib cage on back there is small triangle area not covered by muscles (called 'triangle of auscultation ')speak to your doctor your CT may not cuts (pictures) from this ares. Speak to your door. ...Read more

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My Mother in law has a Hernia Or an Ulcer (Golf ball Size bulge above her belly button right below her rib cage, it ruptured today is that deadly?

My Mother in law has a Hernia Or an Ulcer (Golf ball Size bulge above her belly button right below her rib cage, it ruptured today is that deadly?

Urgent visit: You should take her to seek medical attention this morning. If that means an ER visit, then go. If in fact it is a hernia, any skin ulceration is a potentially life threatening condition. Not immediate like a gun shot wound, but something that need to be looked and treated within hours. Given the time it takes to get to, and in to the ER, then evaluated, etc., you should go now. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Muscle spasms under right rib cage with something bluging like a hernia below the breast bone. Sometimes I have to push it back in. Sever pain.

Muscle spasms under right rib cage with something bluging like a hernia below the breast bone. Sometimes I have to push it back in. Sever pain.

Muscle spasm: This could be a muscle spasm. I have heard this description many times before. Hernias do not occur in the upper abdomen by the rib cage. They do occur in the middle. The muscle spasm can cause severe pain, and "ball up", mimicking a hernia. Best however to see your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Spasm under left rib cage?

Yes: That can happen. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. The muscle can spasm and cause pain that is sometimes hard to diagnose. Breathing and stretching exercises can help. ...Read more

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Why might someone have pain on the left side of their rib cage?

Why might someone have pain on the left side of their rib cage?

Multiple things: A portion of the lung, the pancreas, the small and large bowel are all located deep to the ribs on the left side. If you are having trouble, consider being seen. ...Read more

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Numbness in left rib cage?

Numbness in left rib cage?

Nerve problem: Possibilities: pinched nerve in back, bulging disc, early (pre-rash) shingles, traumatic neuropraxia (bruised nerve), tumor, heart attack, other.
It's worth seeing a physician about.
Go to er immediately for any chest pain. ...Read more

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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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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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