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I have painful lump on top of my left rib. And back pain that feels like contractions but my tubes are tied?

I have painful lump on top of my left rib. And back pain that feels like contractions but my tubes are tied?

Requires examination: And testing: cannot be diagnosed online. Call your physician for an appointment asap. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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27 male worried about Pancreatic cancer, upper ab discomfort under left ribs, upper/mid back pain, indigestion. Should I be worried? What are chances?

27 male worried about Pancreatic cancer, upper ab discomfort under left ribs, upper/mid back pain, indigestion. Should I be worried? What are chances?

Wait to worry: Pancreatic Cancer typically affects people over the age of 50 years, so it is unlikely to be a cause of your symptoms at your age. Your symptoms may be all due to Acid reflux causing indigestion. You should try taking antacids of one kind or another. You may use one of: Maalox, Zantac, Pepecid or prilosec and try it for one week. If the symptoms go away, then the likely cause is Acid reflux (GERD) ...Read more

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Am getting stabbing sharp pains under left rib cage followed by back pain and stomach cramps x?

Need to get checked: Cardiac and gastric causes most likely, and these could be serious. Need to go to physican for eval.

Stop Ibuprofen right away. ...Read more

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Pain from collar bone 2 ribs left hand heaviness back pain since last 6 days. 2 days numbness in left hand and left face.

Pain from collar bone 2 ribs left hand heaviness back pain since last 6 days. 2 days numbness in left hand and left face.

Left pain parathesia: Did you have any trauma? Could be thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ, early zoster (though usually lesions would come out by now and usually no numbness-parathesias), and rarely MS, vascular anomaly, mass or lymph node. Follow up with doctor/urgent care for thoracic outlet you will need orthopedic surgeon ...Read more

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Pain under left rib. Upper left and mid back pain occasional gas and yellowish-brown stool. Worried pancreatic cancer. No stomach pain no fam history?

Pain under left rib. Upper left and mid back pain occasional gas and yellowish-brown stool. Worried pancreatic cancer. No stomach pain no fam history?

Don't worry!: It would exceedingly unusual for someone in their 20s to get pancreatic cancer! And there are many more things that cause the symptoms you describe, from irritable bowel syndrome to dietary intolerances to gallbladder inflammation. Talk to your provider. And try to focus on other things! ...Read more

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How do I treat rib and back pain I have two left side ribs causing me not to be able stand erect, lift anything on the right side, and severe pain in lower back, left side at l 2 and 3 vert. I can't sit and type almost in tears it hurts so bad.

This: This degree of pain is unusual for pure musculoskeletal problems to the "ribs" of to the thoracic area. You are not giving much information but I would want to make sure you don't have another problem internally that coulb be causing problems. You need a comprehensive evaluation of your condition with a good review of systems. ...Read more

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Can excessive gas cause rib and back pain? Sharp pains under left rib, down left side and mid to upper back. Some burping and flatuence

Can excessive gas cause rib and back pain? Sharp pains under left rib, down left side and mid to upper back. Some burping and flatuence

Yes it can: Excessive gas in the bowels can cause pressure upwards and backwards. Pressure upwards effects the diaphragm which attaches to the ribs. Pressure backwards can impact the back. Drinking warm tea and gently massaging the belly may help move the gas along. ...Read more

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What can cause back pain by the ribs on left side?

What can cause back pain by the ribs on left side?

Movement?: If worse with movement likely a musculoskeletal injury. If not, could be any one of a number of things. See your doc, go over the details and get examined. ...Read more

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I have this sharp back pain that has kept me up since yesterday and it's been bothering me. At first it was on my left (rib) then middle back.?

I have this sharp back pain that has kept me up since yesterday and it's been bothering me. At first it was on my left (rib) then middle back.?

Myofascial: Hi Jose751 Sharp sudden pains (without injury I hope) that move around could be (from the outside in) skin (look for a rash or a bruise), muscles (tender to touch or move), bones (significant injury), or inner organs (like kidney, spleen, etc). Without temperature or other sx, ok to try anti inflammatory and stretching. If it continues, ER or your practitioner. ...Read more

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Severe back pain over left ribs?

Severe back pain over left ribs?

Likely muscular: Back pain over the ribs that does not radiate and is not associated with numbness or weakness of the legs is generally muscular or due to irritation of the rib joint that connects to the spine. These conditions are generally self limiting. ...Read more

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I am having middle back pain and left side rib cage pain. Please help?

I am having middle back pain and left side rib cage pain. Please help?

Too many options: Could be lung, could be spine, could be spinal nerve, could be nerve between ribs, could be muscle. To answer this one without more information, you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Having pain in my left upper side like under under arm. Feel like in my left ribs. And pain in back on both sides by blades. What can these be?

Axillary/scapula pai: Consider reflux. h pylori gastritis, constipation with gas pain, mycoplasma inflammation with costochondritis rarely may be vascular like dissection (if Marfan's or cocaine use) or pulmonary embolus (check d-dimer for both these rare events). Followup with doctor/ urgent care ...Read more

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6 months off/on pain on lower left side of ribs. Left side of back has pain + knots too. Fatty multiple lumps movable. One spot will usually flare up.

6 months off/on pain on lower left side of ribs. Left side of back has pain + knots too. Fatty multiple lumps movable. One spot will usually flare up.

Doctor: Too many symptoms for young person. Do you have history of injury, trauma? If not, check your physical activity in gym. And no obvious reason for this, make appointment with a doctor. ...Read more

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Left back pain where the rib cage ends, also to the side of the body at the same level. What can it be? It hurts when I make pressure no other symptom

Left back pain where the rib cage ends, also to the side of the body at the same level. What can it be? It hurts when I make pressure no other symptom

Back pain: This could be many things - more information would be needed. If there was a strain or lifting - it could be a muscle strain. If fever or cough - could be pneumonia. If fever or symptoms when you pee - could be kidney infection. If a rash around that side of back with blister like lesions it could be shingles. If the pain persists follow up your physician.
Good Luck ...Read more

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I'm having this lower left ribs up to my left chest and left shoulder and my upper left back pain, what could this be?

I'm having this lower left ribs up to my left chest and left shoulder and my upper left back pain, what could this be?

Many possibilities: It could be many different things, from a simple self-limiting condition such as a rib strain, to more serious conditions such as internal organ diseases or pinched nerve in your spine. More information is needed in order to be better able to assess the cause. ...Read more

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Sharp upper left back pain and left rib/ breast pains?

Can be many things: This pain can be myofascial, rib pain, vascular, lung or even due to your GI tract. You should have it looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I get rib pain with my IBS? It's either my right one or left & also back pain

Referred pain: abdominal pain can radiate up in to the chest -this is called referred pain -not your heart and not uncommon. ...Read more

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Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Hard to say: Unless you injured it, it would be unusual to have really bad back pain from the muscles in your back. There are many potential causes some of which are musculoskeletal, but some which are not. A kidney infection, known as a pyelonephritis is just one example. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder down into elbowsharp?

Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder down into elbowsharp?

Have a medical check: If this pain is persisting for more than 1-2 weeks and is getting worse, then further testing is indicated. This should include a medical check up by your doctor who may order appropriate tests to find the cause of your pain.
A chest x-ray is the simplest first test. If needed, a ct scan may be the next best test. Bones in the chest, left shoulder area can be another source of pain/should be check. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when I take a deep breath, what could this be?

I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when I take a deep breath, what could this be?

Pleurisy: Sounds like it could be pleurisy. If you don't have a rash on your skin that looks like blisters (which would be shingles), this is likely an inflammation of the lining of your lungs. Ibuprofen (if ok with your system) is the treatment of choice. Other possibilities are a pulled ribcage muscle - if that's the case, Ibuprofen is still the treatment. ...Read more

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Pain in my left ribs that gets better when I take ibprufen. I am burping a lot sometimes when I burp takes the pain away. Started with back pain

Pain in my left ribs that gets better when I take ibprufen. I am burping a lot sometimes when I burp takes the pain away. Started with back pain

Gas: If the pain goes away when you burp, it may mean gas trapping. Ibuprofen helps also because of the impact of the bloating on the rib cage. Need to see your doctor to get checked out if this has been bothering you for more than a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. Would I be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. Would I be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

Not typically: As a spine specialist, I can say that this is not a typical radiating pattern for cervical nerves.

Other possibilities would be myofascial trigger points, cervical facet referred pain, rib "subluxation/fixation", etc. ...Read more

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Headaches lower back pain left rib pain feel bloated and super full but am not what's going on? : (

Back Pain: The pains you're describing may be related to your kidneys. I think you should have this checked out with your primary care doctor. They can get some simple tests to figure out what is going on and make sure it is nothing dangerous or that needs immediate attention. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more