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Intermittent Sharp Pain Under Lower Left Ribcage
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
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
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
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
I get sharp pain on the left side of my ribcage just below my cleavage for about 15 seconds when I sneeze or cough. Should I be concerned?
Usually not: If the pain goes away quickly on its own and no other symptoms are present, would not be worried. Most likely inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage (medical name costochronditis), Due to old trauma, a violent sneeze, lifting something heavy for example, arthritis in the area, viral infections, fungal infection, very rarely cancer. Try motrin/advil for a couple months, IF persistent, see MD ...Read more
Lately i've been having a sharp pain in my left ribcage when I inhale. I've had pneumonia twice in the past, but this pain started recently.?
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?
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