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Causes Of Swollen Rib Cage
costochondritis: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone, or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. The cause is usually unknown. ...Read more
Hi my Girlfriends left bottom part of her rib cage is swollen and she complains of pain. She has gal bladder problems I think she might have gal stones could this be the cause? And what Medication can we use temporarily for gal stones
Pain on the left rib: Region is likely not related to the gall bladder b/c the gall bladder is located underneath the lower Rt. Rib cage. Gall stones are very common and inflammation of the gall bladder can be aggravated by eating fatty foods. Avoiding fatty foods helps to reduce the frequency of gall bladder attacks. However, if the pain is on her left side, it is not likely gall bladder. If it persists, see doc. ...Read more
See a doctor: For a diagnosis and treatment. It could be many things. If it makes you feel sick it's probably concerning. Gallbladder problems feel that way. ...Read more
Pain under right rib cage can't lie on rite side feels hot were pain is getting some nasua advice? Feels swollen
Right sided pain: Most important point is you need to seek help and be examined. We would need to know, especially given your age, many things such as your social habits drinking, smoking, eating ; family history. The location you're speaking of is the location of your liver. ...Read more
I feel like something is swollen under my left rib cage and below it there's no pain it's just irritating and when I lay on my back I feel it swollen?
Get examined: This may be your spleen.Get a more detailed answer ›
Please help, I notice my lower left part of my rib cage seems swollen I have no pain but what's wrong?
I woke up this morning with pain in my lower left rib cage. Still having pain and it's swollen. What could it be?
Inflammation?: Without any history of resume the only explanation is inflammation. The cartilage under each ribs is easy to make inflamed from a slight pressure like hard wired in a bra. A lot of women ask why now I have been wearing this kind of bra all my life why now. The only explanation is the body part has a limit and this rib reached his limit apply heat and take ibuprofen with each meal for 7 days ...Read more
Uncomfort under the left rib cage, not necessarily pain, feel like I look uneven when I look in the mirror, like the left side is swollen?
More description pls: It is unclear to us what the exact issues are. If something hurts and it is swollen, then please see your primary care doctor. ...Read more
I had swollen areas of about a few inches in diameter on both sides of my back, just below where my rib cage ends but on the back. What could that be?
Hard to say: There are a lot of natural muscle insertion points in the area that you describe. This may be what your are feeling. However, if this "swelling" has increased or if it is painful or red, then you might want to get it evaluated. Also, is this related to any injury to the back? ...Read more
Splenomegaly: If the spleen is very enlarged you could see and or feel it protruding from under your left lower ribs, not between. ...Read more
Muscle: You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more
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
I have what seems to be a swollen left rib cage, toward the bottom. It's been like this for a while now. No pain, but discomfort and pressure in the a?
Now way 2 answer-: -with out an exam & possible images. If it has been gradually getting bigger, make an appt with a thoracic surgeon. Most likely benign, but there R some benign tumors that R locally invasive, & if not able 2 Dx on the visit, follow recommendations. ...Read more
I'm swollen on my left side and yonder my rib cage. Could this be problems. With a liver. It aches and throbs a little?
I have a throbbing pain on my right side above my rib cage it is swollen and sensitive to touch us there a major organ there should I be worried?
I have a swollen lump under my skin above my rib cage. Could this be due to sarcoidosis? Other conditions?
Depends: Sarcoidosis is an inflammation in the body of unknown cause where nodules (granulomas) form in many locations, including under the skin. 25% can get skin rashes. Lumps under skin can also be due to benign conditions such as lipomas (fat lumps), small tumors. Tell your md if this is a persistent problem to be sure it is not anything more concerning. ...Read more
Had a chest scan done to see why my left rib cage was swollen and doc said it looked fine why would my ribs be swollen then?
Hard to say: Any component of the chest wall could give the appearance or feeling of asymmetric prominence. It wouldn't hurt to review the images with special attention to the area of interest. Sometimes, asymmetric musculature can often be mistaken for a mass or swelling. ...Read more
I am having severe pain between the rib cage, right bellow the rib cage. Tender to touch and feels, "swollen." The pain radiates into my ULQ.?
My upper right abdomen just below rib cage is swollen and rock hard. Experiencing sporadic pain in same area. What could it be & should I be worried?
Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more
I fell on my rib cage and now im in tremendous pain when I move, speak loudly or even breathe deeply. What could be the problem is my rib cage swollen?
Trauma in the form of a fall could lead to a rib fracture.
Please go to the nearest ER or Urgent care so they could take an Xray of your chest and ribs. Apply ice for 10 mintues every hour. If not allergic, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen. This could be very serious so please go to nearest ER. Best wishes. ...Read more
Hi. My fiance have a swollen lump in his rib cage. Is it cancerous? He is also diagnosed as diabetic. What procedure can be done on his case? He is 55 y/o
Lump on ribcage:
Not sure if you mean on or in?
Where is it? Does it move when pushed?
Does he smoke cigarettes? How long has it been there? What meds is he taking? The best procedure is to take him to a Dr. To see what it is. ...Read more
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?
I have been coughing for 6 days now. And now I noticed that under my left breast my rib cage seems to be swollen.
My left side jus under my rib cage and under my breast it's swollen it's a little warm doesn't hurt much what could it be?
I am having severe upper left side pain under rib cage now for over two months, also now swollen left gland in neck. Should I goto the hospital?
Hi I've just noticed a small area that looks swollen below my left breast above the rib cage on the left side! Any ideas what it could be? Thanks
Difficult to tell: Based on what you are describing, it is difficult to be exactly sure. This could be due to inflammation of your soft tissue (fatty tissue or muscle), from an enlarged spleen, etc. The best way to be sure is to have it examined by a doctor. It's advisable to make an appointment. Best wishes. ...Read more