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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Swollen Rib Cage

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What could cause one side of your rib cage is swollen and painful?

What could cause one side of your rib cage is swollen and painful?

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

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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

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

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Something feels swollen under my right rib cage?

Something feels swollen under my right rib cage?

Anatomy: That is your liver. Please go to the doctor to get a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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My right side is swollen under my rib cage. It hurts and I feel sick, what should I do?

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

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Pain under right rib cage can't lie on rite side feels hot were pain is getting some nasua advice? Feels swollen

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

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Please help, I notice my lower left part of my rib cage seems swollen I have no pain but what's wrong?

Oteochonritis or: The most common is enlargement of the junction of the bone and cartilage there which begin in nature. Other stuff should be consider like lipoma (fatty tumor, tumor of the bone metastasis tumor to the bone) check it out. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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?

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

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Is it possible to see knot on or between your left rib cage if you have a swollen spleen?

Is it possible to see knot on or between your left rib cage if you have a swollen spleen?

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

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Need expert help. I am swollen just under my left pectoral top of rib cage what could it be?

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

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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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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

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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?

Get X-ray: Not many organs in that area besides the liver but I would start by getting an X-ray to make sure you don't have a rib fracture ...Read more

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Why is my left rib cage sore and swollen?

Why is my left rib cage sore and swollen?

Muscle vs bone: Could be muscle (intercostal) vs internal organ... If persistent, probably need to see primary care doctor for work up. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lump under my skin above my rib cage. Could this be due to sarcoidosis? Other conditions?

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

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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?

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

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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.?

Orthopaedic care: These complaints are concerning for infection or neoplasia. I would recommend seeing your family doctor for imaging studies. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Rib fracture?: 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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Muskuloskeletal: Most likely explanation is a musculoskeletal pain from pulled muscle or bruised rib - however an enlarged liver or inflamed gall bladder can also give right upper quadrant pain on leaning forward. If this persists or worsens, best to get an examination by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 6 days now. And now I noticed that under my left breast my rib cage seems to be swollen.

I have been coughing for 6 days now. And now I noticed that under my left breast my rib cage seems to be swollen.

See Doc: With a cough that is almost 1 week, and now possible swelling in your Lung cavity/rib cage area, it is best for you to get an evaluation and examination by your Dr. To get properly diagnosed and treated as needed, Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

These may not be: These may not be related. You need to see your physician and not go to the hospital. It will save a lot of money staying out of the ER. Your evaluation will be to see if the two are related, may incude imaging including a chest film and possibly a CT or MRI ...Read more

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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

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