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Please explain dull aching pain right under left rib cage?

Please explain dull aching pain right under left rib cage?

See below: It could be any number of things. You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Having some pain under left rib cage and under sternum. Dull ache during the day and wakes me at night. Stools/urine are good. Gastritis or other?

Having some pain under left rib cage and under sternum. Dull ache during the day and wakes me at night. Stools/urine are good. Gastritis or other?

Consult: Did you do strenuous activity recently? If yes, it could be muscle related. Is no we would ask further questions see if this is an urgent issue. ...Read more

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Please explain dull ache, pain right below left rib cage? And feeling sick for 2-3 days

Please explain dull ache, pain right below left rib cage? And feeling sick for 2-3 days

Stomach, spleen...: While I don't have enough information from your question to give a tentative diagnosis, the organs in the left side of your abdomen towards the top are your stomach and spleen. However, your heart and the lining of the lungs can also seem to hurt from there (referred pain)... Most likely a stomach irritation, but get it checked if it doesn't get better soon. ...Read more

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I keep having pains below my left rib cage it's quite uncomfortable it's like a dull ache. What could be causing these pains?

I keep having pains below my left rib cage it's quite uncomfortable it's like a dull ache. What could be causing these pains?

Needs evaluation: Possibilities include enlarged spleen, issues from pancreas, colon, stomach, kidney, gallbladder or prior surgery. Your physician can review your history, examine you and may check bloodwork and probably get a ct scan. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dull ache in upper right rib cage Indention where my second single rib should be. Shortness of breath Discomfort when laying on left/right side?

Dull ache in upper right rib cage Indention where my second single rib should be. Shortness of breath Discomfort when laying on left/right side?

Chest pain: Unclear from description where your pain is located;if persistent I'd suggest a good physical exam for starting to diagnose prognose and manage your symptoms;at your age demographic a serious organic pathology is unlikely ...Read more

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Been having dull aching pain under left arm just below rib cage. Off and on for a few days. Feel pain when I press on bone?

Been having dull aching pain under left arm just below rib cage. Off and on for a few days. Feel pain when I press on bone?

Inflammation: If there is no recent arm trauma, you may be dealing with tendonitis of the elbow or an epicondylitis near the elbow. Both conditions respond to avoiding strain of the arm and, if you can take them, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve. If symptoms don't resolve, consult your physician or an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Dull pain left below rib cage next to belly button dull ache 2 weeks comes and goes when upright. Ideas? 36 healthy female.

Dull pain left below rib cage next to belly button dull ache 2 weeks comes and goes when upright. Ideas? 36 healthy female.

This could be...: Many things. Including a pulled muscle or pain deeper in the abdomen. You may be able to tell if it is shallow pain (somatic) if you "push" out your belly several inches, then "suck" it in. If this causes local pain or if tender to touch, pain is likely a muscle and not worrisome. Pain around belly button could be adenitis (inflammed lymph node from recent infection) and should improve. Get good exam. ...Read more

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2mos off/on dull intermittent ache bottom of left rib cage almost on top of stomach. Feels muscular but can also feel acidic in tummy. Any idea?

2mos off/on dull intermittent ache bottom of left rib cage almost on top of stomach. Feels muscular but can also feel acidic in tummy. Any idea?

See your doctor: As you mentioned that you may have increased 'acid in your tummy', this may mean or point toward some form of hyperacidity issue occurring in your stomach that needs to be worked up. So that should be the first place to start. Also, it's important to not eat close to bedtime, reduce any form of acidic or tomato-based products, processed foods, fried foods, sodas, sugary desserts or carbs. ...Read more

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I have dull ache behind left breast and below rib cage. Could this acid? I had h plyori few months ago. Can it come back even though biospies clear?

Could be acid.: Generally speaking, yes. The real answer would be depends on two things: (one) are you receiving any treatment for the acid, and (two) what is the mechanism whereby the acid is present? Obviously, if you are not receiving acid reducing medication then symptoms could come back. As well, if you are dealing with a structural issue, such as hiatal hernia, symptoms can certainly recur. ...Read more

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Get a dull ache around lower left rib cage a day after drinking and calf pain accompanied by sweats and tightness around my head. What could it be?

Get a dull ache around lower left rib cage a day after drinking and calf pain accompanied by sweats and tightness around my head. What could it be?

Hang over: Hour symptoms are similar to hangover (alcohol withdrawal) symptoms after moderate to heavy drinking. In most isolated cases the symptoms should resolve in a couple of days without intervention and a regular intake if non-dehydrating fluids and nutrition. Check with physician if such episodes become frequent with dependency when social life start getting affected. Be careful out there:) ...Read more

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I have a painful 'fat-like' lump on left rib cage, mid axillary line. I have dull aches in my back and chest, occasionally my joints. And light nausea?

May need medical che: If this lump is increasing in size, you should get your doctor to check it. You can watch its size over the next 4 weeks and then decide if you need medical attention. If it is painful, go see your doctor sooner. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may give you some relief from pain, . ...Read more

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Have a very sharp pain under left rib cage going through to a throbbing back ache?

Chest?: It is difficult to tell what is exactly the problem without knowing what other symptoms you are having. Is there shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sweating? If so then you need to go to the ed in order to rule out any cardiac issues. Other possibilities are abdominal problems which cover a number of issues. Also muscular and rib inflammation which carries no danger to life. Get checked asap. ...Read more

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My partner has had a dull ache under his rib cage for the past 3-4 days he also feels sick?

My partner has had a dull ache under his rib cage for the past 3-4 days he also feels sick?

Abdominal pain: Difficult to advise as location right left or center helps identify potential organ involvement. Can only advise see a doctor. ...Read more

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I been having pain on my left side of my rib cage, should I worry since I had it all day yesterday, and also right on the bottom of my spine it aches?

I been having pain on my left side of my rib cage, should I worry since I had it all day yesterday, and also right on the bottom of my spine it aches?

Be ready: If you have fever, shortness of breath or weak and lightheaded, you should be evaluated today. If you feel ok other than the pain, and symptoms are not worsening, you could wait and see if it persists for a couple of days, especially if you can identify a well-defined area of tenderness in the chest wall. That would tell you it's probably a musculoskeletal problem. Low back pain may be unrelated. ...Read more

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My rib cage around to my spine has dull ache. What could cause this?

Rob cage pain: Sometimes this is just from sleeping on it wrong or due to some kind of lifting/pulling activity that caused muscle spasms or strain. If it radiates from the spine around, it could haw a spinal cause due to nerve irritation, although that's pretty rare. If you just had a bad cough, it's from the muscle and ribs being irritated from that. Have it checked if it doesn't improve in 2 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain on left side at bottom of rib cage in e front. Does not get worse with exercise. Pain is intermittent. It is like an ache not a throbbing pai?

Pain on left side at bottom of rib cage in e front. Does not get worse with exercise. Pain is intermittent. It is like an ache not a throbbing pai?

PAIN FROM COLON: This type of pain is most often associated with either increased air in the colon or smooth muscle spasm of the colon, especially if it is intermittent. Supplementing with acidophilus and magnesium aspartate from a professional source may help here. Increase fiber to prevent constipation and promote regular bowel movements as well. Consider an abdominal x-ray to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more

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I sometimes get aching pain on my left side under my left rib cage. What could this be?

Many things...: Pain above the waist can be your heart (i.e. Angina), chest wall or musculoskeletal pain, your lungs, or even your GI tract such as reflux. Speak with your physician and get some additional testing to be certain it's not serious. ...Read more

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My entire rib cage feels sore when I press on it and sometimes I get dull to sharp pains when I am not touching. I don't exercise often.

My entire rib cage feels sore when I press on it and sometimes I get dull to sharp pains when I am not touching. I don't exercise often.

Rib cage pain: You MAY have a broken rib or something else. Please see your doc. He/she will help you figure it out. Exercising program may need changing but your doc will help you sort that out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was awakened at 1am, with increasing pain in my left mid-rib cage. History: it has ranged, over the past 1 and 1/2 weeks or more, from a deeper, more internal "ache" to now a more superficial, sharper pain x 3 days that is worsened by even slight exerti

I: I am very worried about your symptoms in view that you are having chest pain, and have antiphospholipid antibody, you need to be re-evaluated immediately with consideration for a chest ct to rule out a pulmonary embolism. I know you are on Lovenox (enoxaparin) so a pe is unlikely but can still definitely occur. Please be seen and re-examined immediately. ...Read more

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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 had a dull constant ache under my right rib cage for 24 hours. It's not severe but annoying. Should I worry about gallbladder?

Not likely: At your age, unless you have a family history. The only way to know for sure is by getting an ultrasound examination. Pain in this area could be from any number of other things, so get it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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I reached over a counter and something popped on my left side above rib cage. It gets sore if I pull on something, etc What is this injury? IA weekno

I reached over a counter and something popped on my left side above rib cage. It gets sore if I pull on something, etc What is this injury? IA weekno

Mgt: You may have tendonitis or a strained muscle. If the pain persists, a rib fracture can be ruled out with a radiograph. However, if there are breathing problems associated, please see the ED right away. ...Read more

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Hello I have had chest aching in the left rib cage, that only lasts for a quick second and I am worrying over whether it is cardiac or not. Help?

Hello I have had chest aching in the left rib cage, that only lasts for a quick second and I am worrying over whether it is cardiac or not. Help?

See a doctor: Classic angina (cardiac chest pain). Occurs with exercise and improves with rest. It lasts under 5 minutes. It can radiate to the inside of the upper arm and left jaw. It is a squeezing/pressure sensation. It can cause you to get clammy or feel short of breath. If you are worried see a doctor and get it checked out ...Read more

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My back/rib cage hurts left side. Yesterday it felt like a charlie horse now it's very sore n tender w every move. No injuries what is causing this?

My back/rib cage hurts left side. Yesterday it felt like a charlie horse now it's very sore n tender w every move. No injuries what is causing this?

Muscle spasms: The most common reason for this complaint is muscle spasms of the intercostal muscles between the ribs, which is most frequently due to nerve irritation. This is best treated with anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen to decrease the inflammation of both the nerve and the muscle. ...Read more