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I have swelling and pressure on my left side below my ribcage, what could this be?

I have swelling and pressure on my left side below my ribcage, what could this be?

Be seen: There are a lot of possibilities, consider being seen. An exam and appropriate tests can usually determine the cause. Among the possibilities can be a thoracic radiculopathy from the irritation of a nerve in your midback, pleurisy, and pancreatitis just to name a few. Dont let it go too long before getting checked. Thanks. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Dear Sir, I have swelling over my left ribcage (1inch below xiphisternum). The swelling is painful but movable.how this swelling developed?

Dear Sir, I have swelling over my left ribcage (1inch below xiphisternum). The swelling is painful but movable.how this swelling developed?

Sternum or hernia: it could be a hernia if you could push it back and it will disappear it could be your sternum which is your breast bone the bottom have a tail could grow in or out if it does grow out it will look like a lump if pain persist you need to see a physician to determined if it does need any treatment or not ...Read more

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I have had some pain&swelling on the left side of my abdomen, between my ribcage and hip bone, like a small bagel, seems worse when I drink coffee?

I have had some pain&swelling on the left side of my abdomen, between my ribcage and hip bone, like a small bagel, seems worse when I drink coffee?

Gastritis?: Sounds like that could be gastritis. Or a stomach ulcer. Try to stop drinking coffee for a little while and see if it heals up. If not, try Prevacid (lansoprazole) OTC. If that doesn't help in a couple of weeks, see a GI doctor for some testing. ...Read more

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Tenderness,soreness & pain for the past 4 weeks in armpit/breast/ribcage on the left side with some swelling.Small lump found below the ribcage.

Tenderness,soreness & pain for the past 4 weeks in armpit/breast/ribcage on the left side with some swelling.Small lump found below the ribcage.

Sounds like: an enlarged lymph node. This can come from infection or inflammation. If it persists, see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have swelling & knots on my left ribcage very painful.ct and xray clear. 4 mos PCP isn't helping. If I go to er will they do an MRI if I ask for one?

I have swelling & knots on my left ribcage very painful.ct and xray clear. 4 mos PCP isn't helping. If I go to er will they do an MRI if I ask for one?

Imaging tests: are ordered when a physician believes that it should be done and orders the test. It is up to the doctor in ER whether he/she will order this test after careful physical examination and review of your previous tests. ...Read more

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Im having pain and swelling underneath my ribcage. The pain is in the middle and is getting worse. What could this be?

Im having pain and swelling underneath my ribcage. The pain is in the middle and is getting worse. What could this be?

Chest pain: If it hurts to press on it, it's likely costochondritis, which is irritation of the rib cage and its muscles/nerves. You might have twisted wrong, slept weird which can cause this rib type pain. You can take some Ibuprofen and place ice packs for swelling. ...Read more

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32 Yr F. w visible abdom. swelling under R side of ribcage w occasional sharp pain. Feels small little lumps possibly Lipomas.Any ideas?

  32 Yr F. w visible abdom. swelling under R side of ribcage w occasional sharp pain. Feels small little lumps possibly Lipomas.Any ideas?

Need Examination: We can not say what the small little lumps are without examination.Sharp pain under the rib cage on right side can be due to Gall Bladder Disease.Or if it is only in the lumps it can be an infectious process.Lipomas do not hurt as these are benign fatty tumors. I suggest you get it checked by your Doctor ...Read more

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