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What organ is under the bottom edge of the rib cage on the left side of the body? Pain from a knot under the bottom edge of the rib cage on the left side of my body. Once the knot goes away so does the pain. Getting worse. I am also a chronic pain patient

What organ is under the bottom edge of the rib cage on the left side of the body? Pain from a knot under the bottom edge of the rib cage on the left side of my body. Once the knot goes away so does the pain. Getting worse. I am also a chronic pain patient

Consider Colon Spasm: Organs associated with left side of body beneath anterior rib cage are colon and spleen. A "knot" could be somatic (muscle) dysfunction related to visceral (organ) disturbance. If persistent, get abdominal x-ray, us, and/or ct scan. If intermittent, consider colon pain due to gas or spasm. In this case, use high dose of good quality acidophilus, along with bulk laxative (psyllim). Take separately.

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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is pain that occurs most of the day, on most days. Pain that last for more than 4-6 months is called chronic pain. Persistent pain doesn't go away in an expected time frame for the injury. For example, your doctor says it'll be fine in a couple of weeks; if the pain is still present, more days than not, at 3-4 weeks out, its persistent. And, it should be ...Read more


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Chronic pain below left rib cage, and in my left shoulder blade. Been going on 1+ years and ruined posture. Never been this bad, what could it be?

Chronic pain below left rib cage, and in my left shoulder blade. Been going on 1+ years and ruined posture. Never been this bad, what could it be?

It could be.....: Time to close your computer and call your physician for an exam and blood evaluation. I sit possible that you have not been seen or examined for more than a year? What could it be? : quite serious if never evaluated- do it asap.

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Have pain in middle of rib cage when I press down. Pain extends to under right rib cage but not left. Chronic constipation and lately loud growling?

Have pain in middle of rib cage when I press down. Pain extends to under right rib cage but not left. Chronic constipation and lately loud growling?

The splenic flexure-: -of the colon is on the left side under the ri the cage. The noise U hear is air passing your constipated stool & is normal. When your push on the mid or left side you are purchasing stool & air along, and this dilates the colon & that dilates the bowel wzll & this is very sensitive to pressure, so you feel pain, also a deep breath does the same thing. Add fiber & drink lots of water. This helps.

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Annoying chronic tender pain on RUQ area or below right side rib cage what could it be?

Annoying chronic tender pain on RUQ area or below right side rib cage what could it be?

Gallbladder disease: RUQ pain can be from Gallbladder disease or Liver disease, and sometimes due to Acid reflux, watch if associated with eating or lack of eating

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Acute flank pain on left side 2 weeks ago. Now chronic mild pain in right rib cage since a month ago. Sometimes cloudy urination.

Acute flank pain on left side 2 weeks ago. Now chronic mild pain in right rib cage since a month ago. Sometimes cloudy urination.

Need more info: Is it random or is there something you do that faithfully will trigger it. Can you put your finger right on the spot and cause increased pain? Or is it an internal pain that is difficult to localize. Does it feel like a muscle ache? And electric shock? A burning? Is there a lump in the area? Any other symptoms? Nausea? Gi cramps? Any recent trauma? See an MD to evaluate

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Chronic anxiety causing rounded shoulders and my rib cage feels like it can't expand when I breathe. My upper back muscles have been sore for months.

Chronic anxiety causing rounded shoulders and my rib cage feels like it can't expand when I breathe. My upper back muscles have been sore for months.

Treat anxiety & PT: I would undergo counseling to identify and treat the source of your anxiety. You may also benefit from a physical therapist for exercises regarding posture and muscle training.

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I got a hida scan of my gallbladder done which reported anef of 12%. The abd ultrasound reported no gallstones. Is the chronic burping and pressure (poking) under my right rib cage caused by the ef?

I got a hida scan of my gallbladder done which reported anef of 12%. The abd ultrasound reported no gallstones. Is the chronic burping and pressure (poking) under my right rib cage caused by the ef?

Probably yes: A normal gallbladder ejection fraction on a hida scan should be more than 40%. At 12%, this means that you have a dyskinesia of your gallbladder which can give the type of symptoms you are reporting. You should consult your doctor and discuss the possibility of surgically removing your gallbladder, even if there are no gallstones, especially if all other tests are normal. Good luck.

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Can anxiety and worry cause skunk smelling poo, diarrhoea, chronic stomach pain, rib cage pain?

Can anxiety and worry cause skunk smelling poo, diarrhoea, chronic stomach pain, rib cage pain?

Check with your MD: Yes, anxiety can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including vague aches and pains, and occasional diarrhea. But symptoms you describe could also be signs of a serious physical illness. You could have GI illness like spastic colon or Crohn's disease, or pancreatitis, or a tumor. Please see your physician soon for a physical workup and lab tests. If everything checks out OK, treat anxiety.

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I'm 11 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my third child. I've been having persistent pain underneath my right rib cage and pains throughout my stomach.

I'm 11 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my third child. I've been having persistent pain underneath my right rib cage and pains throughout my stomach.

Consider Gallbladder: That is the location of your gallbladder. Gallbladder disease is more common in pregnancy. You should increase fiber in your diet and decrease fats. You should make sure to treat constipation if an issue. You should consider an ultrasound to see if you have gallstones. If you have a fever or worsening symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention.

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Pain under right rib cage when I breath in?

See Dr: Likely suspects being liver or gallbladder with inflammation/irritation causing discomfort when pushed on (by you from below or diaphragm from above w/deep breath).

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What causes pain under right rib cage in back? The pain is including the ribs.

Long list: Any change in whites of eyes? Dark urine? Can be hepatitis, rib issue, pleurisy. See a doctor if this is not very short term or getting worse.

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Why am I having constant pain under right rib cage and upper back?

Because: You probably lean to the right all the time with your mouse in the right hand, phone and other devices. Ask someone to observe you sitting from behind and take a picture when you're not aware to see what your posture is like so you can correct it. Your pain can also be secondary to organ dysfunction such as gall bladder, pancreas, stomach or intestine. See a doctor if it persists.

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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

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.

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Pain under right rib cage extending to lower back. Been having it for about 6 mos now can become severe. Gallbladder already out 4 yrs.

Pain under right rib cage extending to lower back. Been having it for about 6 mos now can become severe. Gallbladder already out 4 yrs.

Get evaluated: You don't need the ER, but do make an appointment with your regular doc. This sounds like biliary pain, and absent your gallbladder you may benefit from CT scan, TECH HIDA scan or EGD/ERCP to access for other biliary problems. There are several possible causes. Be well.

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Couple times today had nanosecond sharp pain under right rib cage. Went away instantly. No other symptoms. Voodoo doll? (Kidding) possibilities?

Pain under ribs: Well only about 1000 causes so need more information. So think and observe it more and send much more detail on what brings it on, makes it better etc. Which side for example? Most likely gas.

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I have pulling pain under right rib cage?

Varies: Multiple potential causes, from superficial causes such as a pulled muscle, costochondritis, etc. Or a deeper cause which can include problems with the liver, lung, or fall bladder. I would not hesitate to be seen.

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What does sharp pain under right rib cage indicate?

What does sharp pain under right rib cage indicate?

See your GP.: This could be bruised skin, muscles or cartilage of the ribs, broken/bruised rib (s) themselves, or some abdominal organ, like liver, gall bladder problems. See your doctor to get it diagnosed and treated properly.