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Diaphragm (Overview)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device inserted in the vagina).


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Diaphragm causing left shoulder pain after meals?

Diaphragm causing left shoulder pain after meals?

It can: This can occur. If you have a hiatal hernia that is causing irritation after you eat, you can have referred pain in your left shoulder or axilla (armpit) area. You may need an upper GI series or endoscopy to make sure you are not having any other issues such as progressing barretts esophagus or any other issues. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Diaphragm (Overview)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device inserted in the vagina).


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Why does the diaphragmatic hernia in the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Why does the diaphragmatic hernia in the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Usually on the Left: Congenital diaphragmatic hernias occur on the left 85% of the time and are posterior (bochdalek hernia), most the rest are located on the right posteriorly. About 2% occur anteriorly in the middle (morgagni hernia). Adults can get hiatal hernias on the left, because that is where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm to reach the stomach. Trauma and surgery can cause diaphragmatic hernias too. ...Read more

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What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

Lack of development: Poor or incomplete development of the pluroperitoneal membrane which forms the diaphragm muscle. ...Read more

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Birth control; side effects vs diaphragm?

Birth control; side effects vs diaphragm?

Side effects: I assume that you mean bcp's compared to a diaphragm. Bcp side effects are related to the hormones that they contain. The side effects of a diaphragm can include allergy to the contraceptive jell and pregnancy do to either misplacement or forgetting to insert it. ...Read more

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Is the abdomen and/or diaphragm used during forced inspiration?

Is the abdomen and/or diaphragm used during forced inspiration?

Mostly diaphragm: The diaphragm is the primary driver of inspiration, whether it be typical passive inspiration or taking a deep breath. The chest wall help as well, to a less extent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, why in diaphragmatic hernia the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Can you tell me, why in diaphragmatic hernia the abdominal organs herniate into left chest cavity?

Diaphragmatic hernia: Diaphragmatic hernias most commonly affect the left side of the diaphragm; that muscle between the abdominal cavity and the chest. A hernia is a hole or defect in the muscle. In the case of a diaphragmatic hernia, this hole creates an unusual connection between the abdomen and chest. The normally higher pressure within the abdomen will push abdominal organs from the abdomen up into the chest. ...Read more

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Irritation of diaphragm radiates to right shoulder is called?

Irritation of diaphragm radiates to right shoulder is called?

Kehrs sign: Kehr's sign is an example of referred pain: irritation of the diaphragm causes pain in the area above the collarbone/shoulder. This is because the supraclavicular nerves (shoulder) have the same cervical nerves origin as the phrenic nerve (diaphragm), c3 and c4. 'mixing' of signals. ...Read more

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When a diaphragmatic hernia occurs, some of the abdominal contents push up, right?

When a diaphragmatic hernia occurs, some of the abdominal contents push up, right?

Usually: However if the hernia is covered by the liver, the liver is big enough to prevent things from going into the chest. ...Read more

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Tearing pain in diaphragm left side?

Tearing pain in diaphragm left side?

See a doctor: If the pain is that severe see your doctor asap or go to the emergency room. There can numerous causes, some of which can be a medial emergency. ...Read more

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Pain below rib cage while inhaling.

See your doctor: If it hurts when you press on it. It is likely musculoskeletal in origin and may be a muscle strain. If you had a viral infection recently it could be pleurisy or inflammation of your lung lining. If you are tall and skinny, you may have burst a an air filled sac on your lungs. You could have also pulled a muscle doing strenuous sex. You may need a chest x-ray. You should also do testicular exam ...Read more

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Constricted breathing from musculoskeletal tension. When breathing deeply through my diaphragm it feels like my rib cage won't expand fully.

Constricted breathing from musculoskeletal tension. When breathing deeply through my diaphragm it feels like my rib cage won't expand fully.

Muscles: In the best case scenario, it is likely a muscle strain to the ribs. In rare instances, decreased diaphragm excursion may be associated with a rheumatologic condition called ankylosing spondylitis. If you have increase musculoskeletal issues, consider eval by a physician as discuss possible lab tests for ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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What causes a periumbilical ventral abdominal wall hernia?

What causes a periumbilical ventral abdominal wall hernia?

Opening in muscle : You may have a weakness where your umbilical cord went thru. Or it can be from a surgery that left a weakness there. ...Read more

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Spasms in rib cage thru back that knocks your breath out?

Spasms in rib cage thru back that knocks your breath out?

Spine nerve irritate: You may have over use these muscles or that there is the spinal nerve root irritation. Do not perform exercises that cause you more pain. Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spas. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis occur under right rib cage?

Can costochondritis occur under right rib cage?

Costochondritis?: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the joint that connects a rib to the sternum. These joints are not listed in the area you've described. So I would not presume a pain like this to be costochondritis. ...Read more

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Right side upper abdomen pain under rib cage causes?

Right side upper abdomen pain under rib cage causes?

Possibilities: Ruq abdomen is home to the liver, gall bladder, small intestines, diaphragm. Gall bladder stones, duodenal ulcer, pneumonia, hepatitis, and sometimes atypical appendicitis can cause RUQ pain. Persistent pain warrants immediate evaluation by doctor. ...Read more

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48 hrs of sharp pain upper left side under ribcage. About 3 inches left of diaphragm. Regular bowel movements. Pain worsens with deep breaths. Help!!

Musculoligamentous: Most likely, at your age, it is musculoligamentouss (muscle/ligament); however, other more serious causes can be a source. If this has persisted greater than 24 hours or if worsening, you should see your physician to check ribs, lungs , and heart. Trying an anti acid , to see if relief,also may give you an answer ...Read more

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Spasm under left rib cage?

Yes: That can happen. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. The muscle can spasm and cause pain that is sometimes hard to diagnose. Breathing and stretching exercises can help. ...Read more