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Woke up yesterday w a dull constant ache in my back. Middle to left side under ribs. Not very painful but hurts. Pain changes w movem sometimes sharp?

Woke up yesterday w a dull constant ache in my back. Middle to left side under ribs. Not very painful but hurts. Pain changes w movem sometimes sharp?

Rib cage: Location of pain middle to left side rib is above kidney location. Make sure you have no shingle rash. Have cxr, rib cage xr, mid thoracic and also kub x-ray. That will you give you an idea. It can be simple musculoskeletal pain but it is only ruled in when other serious heart and lung conditions are ruled out. Recurrence of kidney stone is one of the possibilities. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dull aches on and off on my left side and left back of neck. Occasionally strong pain for a few seconds. About 15 times/day. Tender to touch. What's wrong?

Dull aches on and off on my left side and left back of neck. Occasionally strong pain for a few seconds. About 15 times/day. Tender to touch. What's wrong?

Muscle spasms: It could be spasms of the muscles on the left side of your neck. I would take some ibuprofen and consider seeing a chiropractor for treatment. ...Read more

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Got dull aching pain on left side in middle of my back. Sharp pain comes when take deep breaths or cough.

Got dull aching pain on left side in middle of my back. Sharp pain comes when take deep breaths or cough.

Muscle spasm/strain: Hi, it seems you have a muscle strain= pulled muscle, you need to take Ibuprofen, decrease the activities which make it worse, try some stretch exercises, use Ice/Heat pack, if not better see your MD. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache (side: back, all sides, front, left, right) (quality: stinging or burning sensation, dull or aching sensation, sensatio...

I am experiencing headache (side: back, all sides, front, left, right) (quality: stinging or burning sensation, dull or aching sensation, sensatio...

Serious problem: These many symptoms can be the harbinger of several significant problems. You need to have a through physical exam. You may have a muscuoskletal or a neurological problem I would advise you to make an appointment with an osteopathic physician (D.O.) who most likely will be able to track down the cause of your complaints. Your problem could also be because of poor body mechanics, ill fitting shoes. ...Read more

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I have been having this dull ache in my left side lower back hip area at night time. It has turned into a sharp stabbing pain. What could it be?

See below: There are lot of possibilities like a urinary tract infection or kidney infection, kidney stone, muscle sprain, strain or spasms, pelvic disease like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease, spondylosis, disk injury or spinal fracture, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. See you doctor soon. ...Read more

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My urine is cloudy with a sulfur smell to it. I am also experiencing a dull ache in my lower left side of my back. Sometimes it will burn when I urina?

My urine is cloudy with a sulfur smell to it. I am also experiencing a dull ache in my lower left side of my back. Sometimes it will burn when I urina?

Look for infection: The burning on urination may be caused by an infection in the urinary tract. The back pain may mean that the infection involves the kidney. Ask your doctor or clinic to get a urinalysis and possibly a urine culture. Keep looking until you find the cause.
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Sharp n dull pain, right kidney area, come n go, quite near the spine. Sometimes a dull ache can be felt just above the butt, flank, n left side lower back?

Sharp n dull pain, right kidney area, come n go, quite near the spine. Sometimes a dull ache can be felt just above the butt, flank, n left side lower back?

U could very well-: -have a ureteral stone. If small & is passing but with some trouble, the spasm of the ureteral musculature will cause such symptoms. ...Read more

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Bulge, back left side neck in splenius cap muscle area. Only felt when head tilted. Causes dull ache. Not noticable on right side. Doctors don't know.

Bulge, back left side neck in splenius cap muscle area. Only felt when head tilted. Causes dull ache. Not noticable on right side. Doctors don't know.

Trigger point: This could be a muscle knot referred to as a trigger point. Seek a doc with knowledge of this, often osteopathic docs are better educated or someone with fellowship training from the am acad of anti-aging medicine. Often these can be relieved with one to a few injections. Add mg glycinate several caps two or more times per day as mg relaxes muscles. Massage by skilled hands can also be helpful. ...Read more

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I have right constant dull ache on right and left side under the ribs, flatulence and back pain, upper and lower what could this be?

I have right constant dull ache on right and left side under the ribs, flatulence and back pain, upper and lower what could this be?

Many possibilities..: Finding out the cause of abdominal pain is like solving a mystery: we collect clues from one's symptoms, history, examination+/- tests. Therefore, a "hands-on" eval is critical. In general, causes of abdominal pain can include irritable bowel, diverticular disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, intestinal or gynecologic cancers, urinary tract infections, etc... ...Read more

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I have a constant dull ache in my lower back/left side, passing urine more often, lacking in energy and feeling nauseous. What could it be?

I have a constant dull ache in my lower back/left side, passing urine more often, lacking in energy and feeling nauseous. What could it be?

Just a thought: But could you be pregnant???

If you have already taken a Pregnancy test. Take another!

Just a Thought
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I'm having a dull pain on the left side of my torso, right at top of hip. Sore to the touch, almost as if it were bruised. Now moving around back.

I'm having a dull pain on the left side of my torso, right at top of hip. Sore to the touch, almost as if it were bruised. Now moving around back.

Many things.: It would help me to know your age & how long this problem is on going. Without knowing the answers my best advice is to see your primary care physician.
Several things could be the cause of the problem including a bone bruise, infection etc. ...Read more

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I am experiencing memory problems (quality: difficulty remember distant past events, difficulty remembering recent events), delusions, headache (side: back, left, right) (better by: rest) (quality: dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressure or full

I am experiencing memory problems (quality: difficulty remember distant past events, difficulty remembering recent events), delusions, headache (side: back, left, right) (better by: rest) (quality: dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressure or full

Memory issues: Please start w/a visit to your doctor. He/she may refer you to a neurologist. A neuropsychologist can test you and give you practical information and tips to help depending on what is found. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a dull aching pain in my lower back (left side) I have numbness and tingling in my left thigh down to my knee.?

I have a dull aching pain in my lower back (left side) I have numbness and tingling in my left thigh down to my knee.?

Unpinch the nerve.: Sounds like you have a disk herniation. As long as the pain is tolerable, and you do not have progressive increasing weakness, or lose the ability to control the bladder or bowels, the vast majority of disk herniations can be treated without surgery. I recommend you get a good exam by a spine specialist, then follow instructions on use of medications, stretchs and activities modifications. ...Read more

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Dull ache above. Left breast closer to armpit? Sometimes travels directly to same side in my back. I'm 28/f very healthy and exercise regularly.

Dull ache above. Left breast closer to armpit? Sometimes travels directly to same side in my back. I'm 28/f very healthy and exercise regularly.

Shoulder pain: I suspect the problem is muscular in origin given the history you have provided. I am always concerned about potential breast pathology in a 28 year old female. Suggest appropriate examination by qualified physician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache (side: back, all sides, front, left, right) (quality: dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressure or fullness, feels sharp or stabbing, throbbing sensation) (worsened by: after exercise, when I'm tired) (severity: moderate)

I am experiencing headache (side: back, all sides, front, left, right) (quality: dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressure or fullness, feels sharp or stabbing, throbbing sensation) (worsened by: after exercise, when I'm tired) (severity: moderate)

Headaches: Easy things to try are hydration, a drink of juice, lying down in a cool dark room. This will help probably three-quarters of headaches. If headaches are persistent or disabling, please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Constant dull pain in groin on left side, hip/back pain on and off. What could this be? Sometimes the dull ache goes down my left leg too.

Ovarian cyst?: Many things can cause the symptoms you describe, but a cyst definitely comes to mind with everything you mentioned. They can grow and shrink depending on your hormone levels. ...Read more

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Earlier I had a dull ache in the back of head. Pressed hand on it and had intense pain in top left side of head as a result. Very strange?

Earlier I had a dull ache in the back of head. Pressed hand on it and had intense pain in top left side of head as a result. Very strange?

Referred pain: This may be an example of referred pain. Pain from your cervical spine is often referred to the top of your head or to the temples. Use some heat on it. See a doctor is it bothers you and doesn't go away within the week. ...Read more

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Stiffness on back left side of neck left arm weakness dull ache mid to left side of chest?

Stiffness on back left side of neck left arm weakness dull ache mid to left side of chest?

Need a physical exam: And imaging like X ray and MRI to figure out of you have disk disease in the neck that causes your symptoms. Call a pain specialist and make an appointment. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of left side dull pain/ache radiating to lower back, gas, fullness. Had an open surgical bowel resection in 2008.

What could be the cause of left side dull pain/ache radiating to lower back, gas, fullness. Had an open surgical bowel resection in 2008.

Non specific: Hard to tell. Take note if your symptoms are related to eating, fatty foods or how hydrated. Increase your oral liquids. Go in for evaluation if you develop fever or vomiting. Constipation, a bad gallbladder, hernia and adhesion are all possible. Be well ...Read more

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I have point tenderness in right groin area. General dull ache in both right and left sides of pelvis and radiation to right lower back. 1 wk duration?

I have point tenderness in right groin area. General dull ache in both right and left sides of pelvis and radiation to right lower back. 1 wk duration?

Appendicitis vs cyst: Hello!
In that area, and without other information, I am most concerned about an ovarian cyst vs. Subacute appendicitis, vs. Lymph node inflammation. You should be seen by your regular doctor or an ER to be examined; let them know if you've had any fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, changes in your menstrual cycle; also things like age and factors like smoking can help make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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22y male, dull pain and ache only on left side chest, back, shoulder, neck and uper arm. No shortness of breath, nausea or dizziness. What's the dx?

Chest pain? Etiol: Cardiac cause such as pericarditis needs to be evaluated. Could also be musculosketetal / neuromuscular. Needs further workup. ...Read more

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My left ankle bent outward 2 weeks ago. No fracture. Dull painful ache in toes, side of foot, radiates up in back of thigh. Why is painful?

My left ankle bent outward 2 weeks ago. No fracture. Dull painful ache in toes, side of foot, radiates up in back of thigh. Why is painful?

Nerve strain: You likely strained one of the nerves in your leg during the ankle sprain. This should resolve over time. You may use anti-inflammatory medications for symptom relief. See your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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15 weeks pregnant. Random dull ache in left side of upper back that causes me to cough? Sometimes same dull ache in ribs? Just started today.

15 weeks pregnant. Random dull ache in left side of upper back that causes me to cough? Sometimes same dull ache in ribs? Just started today.

The pregnancy: Most likely just the pressure from the growing fetus. When you see your ob for your visits discuss with him but sounds like pressure from the fetus ...Read more