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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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I have sharp pain under my left ribcage on my back. Things like crying (it really hurts), coughing, and laughing make it worse. What could this be?

I have sharp pain under my left ribcage on my back. Things like crying (it really hurts), coughing, and laughing make it worse. What could this be?

See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pleurisy, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Richard Pollard
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There is a sharp pain under left ribcage hurts to move, inhale and cough or sneeze?

There is a sharp pain under left ribcage hurts to move, inhale and cough or sneeze?

Muscle Pain: Most likely this is a muscle sprain. This should be treated with rest and a nsaids. If this does not improve with these remedies then you need to go and see an urgent care clinic just to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Erin Robertson
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I have been getting sharp pain under my left breast(ribcage) for months now. Sometimes hurts when taking deep breaths. Heart related?

I have been getting sharp pain under my left breast(ribcage) for months now. Sometimes hurts when taking deep breaths. Heart related?

Unlikely: These kind of sensations are not rare. Very frequent actually. That said, you do need to get into the habit of doing self-breast exams. Same time every month, either in shower or lying down 2-4 days after your period ends. "lawn mower" technique advised. W/respect to cardiac worries, need an in-person eval to listen to heart sounds, get chest XR & 12-lead ECG, which may prompt echo & telemetry. ...Read more

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Dr. Allan Levine
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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!!

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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Dr. Bennett Werner
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I have sharp pain under left ribcage that worsens when i inhale making it difficult to breathe, left shoulder pain and yellow stools? Blood results ok

I have sharp pain under left ribcage that worsens when i inhale making it difficult to breathe, left shoulder pain and yellow stools? Blood results ok

See below: You describe pleurisy or pericarditis. If your pain is relieved sitting forward, worse lying on your back, you likely have pericarditis. If not, it's more likely pleurisy. These potentially can be serious symptoms and should be investigated. Do you use birth control pills ?(cause blood clots); do you have fever? (may have pneumonia). There are other serious rare causes as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Dr. Creighton Wright
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I am suffering from minor but sharp pain on the left side, sometimes the right side of my ribcage, does this mean a heart attack?

I am suffering from minor but sharp pain on the left side, sometimes the right side of my ribcage, does this mean a heart attack?

Not likely: But a full history and exam is worthwhile. Musculoskeletal is much more likely but precaution and good choices are important. No smoking regular exercise and diet. ...Read more

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Dr. William Anyaegbunam
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