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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Rib Cage Cramps

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What causes me to get a cramp up high towards my rib cage when I run?

What causes me to get a cramp up high towards my rib cage when I run?

Muscle use/overuse: Many muscles are involved with running and breathing. Muscles cramp when over used and become sore and tender. If this releives when your stop and rest, one would think not a problem. Persistence means one should get checked out. ...Read more

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Pain like cramp or stitch in stomach on left side just under rib cage. 1wk ago started after going long trips in van. Now occurs more. What's the cause?

Pain like cramp or stitch in stomach on left side just under rib cage. 1wk ago started after going long trips in van. Now occurs more. What's the cause?

Several causes: There could be several potential causes. It could be causes by a muscle strain, costochondritis, spleen, colon, kidney, stomach, or pulmonary. If you are feeling better, it may be more of a strain. If symptoms persist, see a MD. As you where on a long van ride, I would worry about a pulmonary embolism. If your symptoms are associated with any shortness of breath, I would consult your physician ASAP ...Read more

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I get strange cramps or spasms under my right rib cage that last about 30 seconds. What could be causing this? I have experienced these for years.

I get strange cramps or spasms under my right rib cage that last about 30 seconds. What could be causing this? I have experienced these for years.

UR gallbladder: A long history of right sided upper abdominal pain should make a search for stones in gb mandatory even it is just for such a short time. If the pain occurs during physical activity it is called "stitch" or exercise related transient abdominal pain (ertap). It can be on the right or left side and is a benign condition of unknown origin. ...Read more

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Cramp in chest under rib cage can u advise?

Cramp in chest under rib cage can u advise?

If not resolved: Then a chest xray would be in order. Most of the time, costochondritis or muscle soreness are more common and go away in a couple of days. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pain/cramp on left rib cage. Could it be something serious? How do you know it's just the rib muscles?

Pain/cramp on left rib cage. Could it be something serious? How do you know it's just the rib muscles?

Probably not: Concerning chest pain is exertional pattern short lived random pain at rest is usually a rib muscle spasm chest everytime you walk up hill is concerning. ...Read more

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Hi, been having a strong pain under left rib cage feels like a cramp or pinch only while doing sit-ups or any ab work out?

Muscle: If your pain is exercise related, especially at your age, you have probably sprained an abdominal muscle. Go easy on the ab exercises until your symptoms improve, and try some oral anti-inflammatory meds. See your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has a pain on her left side in the middle of her rib cage. Says the pain is similar to the cramp like pain you can get after running?

Muscle cramp: Cramps can be caused from exercise, electrolyt imbalance and damage to the muscle. We don't have a great way to treat them but often resolve on own. Potassium can help (bananas) if it doesn't resolve in a few days see a physician. ...Read more

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I have bad cramps after meals, the pain is underneath the rib cage goin to the back. It become worse when I breath in or try to walk?

I have bad cramps after meals, the pain is underneath the rib cage goin to the back. It become worse when I breath in or try to walk?

Could be gallbladder: If the pain is more on the right side of your stomach/lower chest, there is a decent chance it's caused by gallstones in your gallbladder. You should see your primary care provider to get an ultrasound. If the ultrasound shows gallstones, you should be referred to a surgeon for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder). ...Read more

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RUQ pain right under rib cage. Feels like cramps in the side of chest the stays.

RUQ pain right under rib cage. Feels like cramps in the side of chest the stays.

RUQ pain.: Your clinical picture could be consistent with a gallbladder issue, like biliary colic or cholecystitis. You could also have a duodenal ulcer, pancreatitis or even hepatitis. We’d need some testing at this point to elucidate a cause. Blood testing. Ultrasound of the RUQ. Maybe MRI of the abdomen or MRCP. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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I have endometriosis and adenomyosis when I get these awful pelvic cramps they radiate to my right rib cage. Is that normal? Should I be worried?

I have endometriosis and adenomyosis when I get these awful pelvic cramps they radiate to my right rib cage. Is that normal? Should I be worried?

Explainable: 33y w. flank pain while "endometriosis cramps". Endo a theoretical disorder & no definitive etiologically proof. I studied 100 cases; found joint hypermobility in most. IMO, pelvic girdle instability, enhanced by hormone Relaxin, arouses painful pelvic ligament stretch during menstrual cycle. Innate response to ligament strain is painful soft tissue spasm; latissimus & gluteus; after Dr. V. Mooney ...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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When I go to bed, I turn to sleep on my stomach I get horrible cramps in the rib cage area, I breathe through it and it goes away. What is this?

When I go to bed, I turn to sleep on my stomach I get horrible cramps in the rib cage area, I breathe through it and it goes away. What is this?

? intercostal nerve: It's possible that a pinching of the nerve running between the ribs occurs with position change. Typically it causes very sharp shooting pain in the rib cage and may worsen with a deep breath. Otherwise I would suspect some sort of muscle spasm that occurs with position change. Have your md check you if your symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a ovarian cist 6cm, and have been suffering from mucus in stools sometimes white other times yellow, cramps behind my lower left rib cage, GN?

Hi, I have a ovarian cist 6cm, and have been suffering from mucus in stools sometimes white other times yellow, cramps behind my lower left rib cage, GN?

Unrelated: An ovarian cyst is not likely to be related to changes in your bowel movements. Mucus in stool, and cramps in upper abdomen are common and can be from many different causes - if this continues and is bothering you, talk to a doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Foam rolled and heard a popping sound, now I have pain/cramp under left rib cage with extreme bloating fluid retention. Tender to the touch?

Probable injury: Sounds like you ether strained your rib muscles or fractured your rib. Both can be very painful and associated with swelling. Treatment is the same. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I been having this discomfort in my stomach, cramps, heartburn and I feel like a poking on both side of lower rib cage and on my upper abdomen or stom?

I been having this discomfort in my stomach, cramps, heartburn and I feel like a poking on both side of lower rib cage and on my upper abdomen or stom?

? gastritis: Inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) is likely. Follow a bland diet, avoid alcohol and caffeine, take an antacid like mylanta 1/2 hours after meals and at bedtime, and take prilosec daily. If symptoms persist see your physician or a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. Peptic ulcer, pancreatic inflammation are other possibilities. ...Read more

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I have a pain below my rib cage that radietes to my lower stomach and some god awful cramps....Ad also pain after intercourse and when I pee?

All over the place!: Pain: after sex = infection or endometriosis; when you pee = UTI or herpes; below rib cage = muscle strain, gall bladder, or ulcer; cramping inplies a hollow organ. It is very difficult to put all of these symptoms together into one unifying diagnosis. See your doc and pee in a cup, have an abdominal/pelvic exam, and see where those initial investigations guide you! ...Read more

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Muscle cramps along inside of rib cage from stomach to collar bone. Happened a couple of times, not very severe. Something to worry about?

Muscle cramps along inside of rib cage from stomach to collar bone. Happened a couple of times, not very severe. Something to worry about?

Probably not: If it's just been a couple times and an isolated symptom, then don't worry about it. It may be something as simple as having some gas which caused a reactionary cramp. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen or are associated with other symptoms such as GI symptoms, then do go see a physician. ...Read more

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I am using methamphetamine, is causing a pain in my lower right rib cage, above liver below lung, it's a tight balled up dull cramp, what is it?

I am using methamphetamine, is causing a pain in my lower right rib cage, above liver below lung, it's a tight balled up dull cramp, what is it?

Exam needed: This discomfort could be arising in the intercostal muscle or nerve of the rib cage, a rib, the liver, gall bladder or right lung base. An examination by a physician is indicated and appropriate tests will be ordered. I don't think that we can attribute this discomfort to your taking methamphetamine which I feel would cause more generalized symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi, for the past two months I've been having a crampy feeling on my left side 3 to 4 inches below my rib cage. Its randomly throughout the day. Georgina?

Hi, for the past two months I've been having a crampy feeling on my left side 3 to 4 inches below my rib cage. Its randomly throughout the day. Georgina?

Thought I answered-: -but must have missed send! This can B from Ur colon @ the splenic flexure, either stool or air making the corner. This is more common in those with constipation. if U push on the painful area, air can B pushed along & U feel relief. If pain increases most likely stool. C Ur PCP. No OTC laxatives until this if diagnosed. fiber & H20 should help until Cn. ...Read more

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Healthy active 27f crampy feeling in lower right rib cage, relieved by heat. What could this be? Worried its my liver.

Healthy active 27f crampy feeling in lower right rib cage, relieved by heat. What could this be? Worried its my liver.

It could be: Any number of things, liver/gallbladder problem being one of them. See a doctor for blood tests and possible imaging with ultrasound if you are worried. If pain is relieved by heat, it is more likely a muscle spasm, but you can't be sure. ...Read more

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Consistent crampy pain on upper left near the rib cage? I have changed my diet to Gluten Free and its still crampy, plus my bowels have been slow

Consistent crampy pain on upper left near the rib cage? I have changed my diet to Gluten Free and its still crampy, plus my bowels have been slow

Not likely celiac: Celiac disease is not typically associated with LUQ abdominal pain, and is more likely associated with loose stools, gas and bloat. I'd be more concerned for acid reflux, gastritis, gastric ulcer, or constipation. You could see if it responds to a simple antacid, and if so, it's your stomach and you could try omeprazole. Otherwise, try miralax (polyethylene glycol) to relieve your constipation and see if it helps. ...Read more

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46 yr F. Pain under left rib cage and lower left side. Heaviy feeling in lower stomach, crampy feeling, pressure in rectum. What can be causing this?

46 yr F. Pain under left rib cage and lower left side. Heaviy feeling in lower stomach, crampy feeling, pressure in rectum. What can be causing this?

Sounds complicated: There are many things in the abdomen that could do that. Seems that you need someone to get a comprehensive history and understanding of your symptoms followed by a good exam and maybe labs or even imaging. ...Read more

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Appendicitis or no. Got crampy feeling on right side under rib cage twice but hasn't came back. Dizziness. Going poop a lot more than usual, dark color?

Appendicitis or no. Got crampy feeling on right side under rib cage twice but hasn't came back. Dizziness. Going poop a lot more than usual, dark color?

Other problem: Pain that goes away is very unlikely to be appendicitis. You should be evaluated by your doctor for possible bleeding in your GI tract, which could be causing the dizziness, and frequent dark bowel movements. ...Read more