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Woke with left side pain, near bottom of my ribs. Can feel it front through back. It comes in waves and eases for a bit.

Woke with left side pain, near bottom of my ribs. Can feel it front through back. It comes in waves and eases for a bit.

Gas: The most likely cause is gas in your intestines given the location at the bend of you colon (splenic flexure) and the colicky pattern of pain you describe. It should ease away on its own over the course of the day. If it persists for more than a couple of days or if your symptoms worsen consider seeing your doctor. ...Read more

Side Pain (Definition)

Side pain = pain / discomfort of the torso ...Read more


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What can cause lower left back/side pain?

What can cause lower left back/side pain?

Some thoughts...: For a young guy who's otherwise healthy, we think of lower back strain (muscle strain) as one of the most frequent causes. Other things that can give pain in that location - kidney stones, gas, constipation, and less frequently kidney infections, diverticulitis. If you're having a fever, numbness or weakness in any of your legs, or problems controlling bowel or bladder, see your doc asap. ...Read more

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What to do about a sharp middle back left side pain?

What to do about a sharp middle back left side pain?

Kidney?: Possible kidney stone, u better check with you pcp so he can order, urinalysis and possible xrays. ...Read more

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Started with pain in right lower back going into my right side pain horrendous now its at my left lower back goin into my left side?

Started with pain in right lower back going into my right side pain horrendous now its at my left lower back goin into my left side?

Many possibilities: This could be due to a spine or back muscle problem, which needs time to heal and may benefit from anti-inflammatory medications. It may also be a kidney infection which is commonly accompanied by fever and urination symptoms. A doctor can look for other causes such as appendicitis, other intestinal problems, tumors or cancers in the area, problems from the aorta or pancreas in the abdomen, etc... ...Read more

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Could IBS be the cause of back and side pain? (pain mainly on the left)

Could IBS be the cause of back and side pain? (pain mainly on the left)

Pain from IBS.: IBS can cause a pain that would usually be described as a bloat. But, I wouldn't just assume this, as certainly other things can cause abdominal pains. Your pains should be investigated to make sure they're due to IBS and not something else. ...Read more

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I have had a mid back, left side, pain for about 10 days. Each morning I awake with no pain and it begins about an hour later. Possible cause?

Most likely muscular: Or arthritic in origin. It is unlikely to be serious as the pain is not constant and only starts after activity. It should be self limiting or may require some otc medication if no contraindications. If it persists or worsens, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Extreme and sudden pain on the base of my skull on the left side. Pain goes away for an hour after I wake up and then builds back through the day?

Extreme and sudden pain on the base of my skull on the left side. Pain goes away for an hour after I wake up and then builds back through the day?

Occipital neuralgia: Suspect the neck is primary cause of your symptoms. A better pillow can help at night., choose one that offers support is varied, positions. See your doc for a cervical spine x Ray evaluations degenerative changes. PT can help, strengthen cervical muscles after the evaluation.
Occipital nerves at the base of the skull come out between cervical spines. ...Read more

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Nausea, lower left side pain, back pain?

Nausea, lower left side pain, back pain?

Differential is huge: Could just be from your pregnancy (you stated in your history)

If you're having fevers, sharp flank pain could be kidney stone.

Could just be musculoskeletal.

Maybe gastrointestinal.

Everyone online will be guessing based on your 1 line history.

Please go and see a doctor - as the list of differential diagnoses is long. ...Read more

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Sharp side pain on left side, lower back. Having diarrhea?

Sharp side pain on left side, lower back. Having diarrhea?

Diverticular?: If this is left lower abdominal pain with diarrhea - get checked for possible diverticular pain. ...Read more

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Dear sir, my friend is suffering from side pain on the left side of her body. It may start from back go to leg, leg to shoulder. It pain a lot sometim?

More information nee: The back pain radiating to the left leg may occur with a disc or spur in the vertebral area pressing on a nerve root. There is no direct anatomic connection between the left leg and the left shoulder. Therefore all of these pains may not be interrelated. It's best for your friend to see a physician who will take a thorough history and perform an examination and do appropriate tests for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Left side pain, numb, chest pain, back pain?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I have back side pain above my ribs on the left hand dide and I feel nausea?

Back pain: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. The team may be able to fully control your symptoms or you might need to be sent to the hospital for care.

Please keep me posted - hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Severe left side pain below ribs above hip going into back. Getting worse?

Pain: The top thoughts would be kidney stone, some process in left lower long, enlarged spleen, colon problem or muscle wall strain. ...Read more

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I have lower back just below rib cage left side pain. Is this related to my kidneys? Shouldi be scared?

I have lower back just below rib cage left side pain. Is this related to my kidneys? Shouldi be scared?

It could be: Pain from your kidney typically occurs in the flank region, which is located in your lower back just below the ribcage. You should see your doctor for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of left side pain? Hurts more when I lay on it and all in my stomach. Could this be a stomach or back issue?

Stomac pain: See if your stomac pain improves or worsens with pain, if not, it is unlikely that this is a stomac pain. Do you have any urinary pain. Do you drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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I have left side pain on my stomach and in my left side of my back, right across were my pain in my stomach is. When I move it hurts a lot even when I co?

See your doctor.: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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When a belly is distended or bloated is it hard or soft? I cannot decipher? I also have lower/middle left back and side pain.

Back pain: This is most common cause, abdomen usually harder compared to normal situation. The back pain pain most probably musculo skeletal pain form the back joints, need more information and physical exam to help you better. ...Read more

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Strained lower back muscle in left side pain is intense so what is the best regime for it been out of work for 4 days with this?

Depends call Dr.: I see you are on a muscle relaxer and pain killer. Are you also on a NSAID. An anti inflammatory? You may want to try a topical patch like Flector patch (diclofenac) and or Lidoderm patch they require prescriptions. Physical therapy can be very helpful. Modalities like ice and heat, tissue massage, Tens machine and hands on treatment regiments from the PT can help. Keep moving unless directed not to. ...Read more

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Left side pain for a month now. Starts at my bra line, goes down to bottom of ribcage, radiates to back. Heat makes worse. Spleen area. Ultrsnd was OK.

Chest discomfort: Have you had a cough? Chest xray? Perhaps the discomfort is from the rib cage and a pinched intercostal nerve or irritated/inflamed chest wall muscle. The pinched nerve hurts more with a deep breath and the muscle may also be tender to the touch. Have you tried a different bra? ...Read more

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Left side pain in area of hip bone now radiating to back. Don't feel ot when Laying down. What is this?

Hip arthritis: Since your pain occurs with weight bearing, hip pathology such as arthritis is a strong possibility. Fracture would be much less likely without trauma. There also is a possibility your pain can be from the lower back radiating to the hip. Arthritis or disc problems in the back could be possible. X-rays and a physical exam are needed. Back issues also may be more painful when up rather then laying ...Read more

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Both foramina are severely narrowed, but right worse than left. But no right side pain. Only left shoulder blade & arm pain. How is this possible?

Arthritis: Sometimes one nerve is more sensitive than the nerve on the opposite side. The patients pain complaints trumps the radiological findings. ...Read more

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What can cause left side pain in the back of the neck. Not muscular. Movement doesn't make it better or worse but leaning forward causes more pressure?

Neck pain causes: Many and not enough info: but consider sitting at computer looking up raises of everyday pains. This leads to Medical student syndrome. Every new twinge your feel the rest of your like make you think I have XXX. Go to uptodate for the best source of looking up Sx. Could be disc, cancer n spine, strain, brain tumor, syphilis, muscle spasm, meningitis early, brain cyst hydrocephalus 2 mention few ...Read more

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I have throbbing far lower left back/side pain. A little nauseous. I am not pregnant, to old for that.?

I have throbbing far lower left back/side pain. A little nauseous. I am not pregnant, to old for that.?

Check the urine: You should see your doctor you will need a urine test and perhaps a pregnancy test. Start here and see what this shown could also be muscle strain but you will need an exam ...Read more

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18 year old female experiencing mild lower back, lower abdomen, and side pain (especially left side) for over 2 weeks.

Diffuse pain: See a human doc and give him/her a thorough history and detailed physical examination. That is the key to good medicine! You may be asked to have a laboratory exam and imaging (ultrasound or MRI, etc) exams and possibly see a specialist if he's stumped. Hopefully in the words of Frank Mankowicz (in "Casablanca") "This may be the beginning of a beautiful relationship." ...Read more

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Have dull pain I left upper stomach....Constant and dull back slight burning on same side.....Pain right beloow ribgage?

Ulcer or gastritis: Probablybfrom your ibuprofen. Stop it and take a few days of otc proton pump inhibitor to see if this helps or not. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more