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Off & on Mild pain under liver area under right rib cage for months. Liver n gall blader fine in ultrasound. What could it be?

Off & on Mild pain under liver area under right rib cage for months. Liver n gall blader fine in ultrasound. What could it be?

Need more info: Is it random or is there something you do that faithfully will trigger it. Can you put your finger right on the spot and cause increased pain? Or is it an internal pain that is difficult to localize. Does it feel like a muscle ache? And electric shock? A burning? Is there a lump in the area? Any other symptoms? Nausea? Gi cramps? Any recent trauma. Additional gallbladder study may help or scope ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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I have cirrhosis and experience pain under right rib cage. My GI said liver was inflamed and prescribed tramidol. How serious is this condition?

Serious: Cirrhosis is a serious condition, and can lead to liver failure. The tramadol will help with pain, but you need to make sure you follow their instructions. ...Read more

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I have diagnosed with stage 1 fatty enlarged liver 2 months ago. Now I have a dull back pain with a slight bump under right rib cage?

I have diagnosed with stage 1 fatty enlarged liver 2 months ago. Now I have a dull back pain with a slight bump under right rib cage?

Doubt related, but: Distinguish fatty liver (steatosis) from fatty liver with abnormal liver tests (steatohepatitis). Best to start with a weight loss diet based on calorie and fat restriction, avoid alcohol, control diabetes & cholesterol (if present). Your doctor will likely want to monitor your labwork, image the liver, & rule out other diseases that can mimick the pattern of liver tests seen with fatty changes. ...Read more

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I hav sharp pains under right rib cage liver frm 3 days, alt level 74 u/l frm last mon bld test, monocytes 14; all STD neg after 6 mon sex exposure.

I hav sharp pains under right rib cage liver frm 3 days, alt level 74 u/l frm last mon bld test, monocytes 14; all STD neg after 6 mon sex exposure.

Clinic visit needed: There are many causes of abdominal pain, some of which can be simply annoying, like constipation, others can be deadly. The best way to make sure it's nothing dangerous is to be examined by a health care provider. Most of the time the cause can be determined with a physical exam and a few simple tests. Less often, an imaging study or looking inside the gut with a scope (endoscopy) is needed. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the centre of my body located below the rib cage, I thought it was the liver but the pain is central and not under the rib cage?

I have a pain in the centre of my body located below the rib cage, I thought it was the liver but the pain is central and not under the rib cage?

Epigastric pain: epigastric pain can be caused by many things. The most common are acid reflux or ulcers. Pain there also can be caused by the gallbladder, lungs, or rarely the heart. Depending on the quality of your pain, you might want to try antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) as a therapeutic trial. If that doesn't work, you should see your doctor for evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain under sternum and rib cage is it liver?

Pain under sternum and rib cage is it liver?

Most likely Not, but: Sounds like a stomach, or esophagus related issue, like a heartburn or regurgitation/gastritis/esophagitis.
See your pcp to be investigated and treated. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right side of rib cage for two weeks. Not constant & Worsens with certain movements. Could this be my liver or costochondritis?

Pain in upper right side of rib cage for two weeks. Not constant & Worsens with certain movements. Could this be my liver or costochondritis?

Could be other thing: It could be a lot of things. It could be gas or indigestion. It could be that the nerves, bones, muscles are affected in that area. Could be liver too. It would be good if you could get an examination by a medical professional with hands on to help with differentiating what is going on. ...Read more

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I have had this internal pain under my rib cage on the left and right upper side, it hurts when I breath n move certain ways on liver side not lungs?

I have had this internal pain under my rib cage on the left and right upper side, it hurts when I breath n move certain ways on liver side not lungs?

Pleurisy?: This may be as simple as a sprained rib cage or an inflammation in the lung lining. If this has been present for more than a week and not improving, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Weird sagging sensation on the right side below the rib cage when laying flat on my back. Feels like an organ (liver, kidney) is resting against skin?

Weird sagging sensation on the right side below the rib cage when laying flat on my back. Feels like an organ (liver, kidney) is resting against skin?

Get a medical eval: This could be a variety of things. I recommend making an appointment with your primary care to have a good physical exam and taking it from there. ...Read more

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Is the liver and gall bladder located under rib cage or beside?

Liver/GB: Under & below rib cage. Liver on right side, gall bladder below & to left of liver. ...Read more

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What could cause my left side ache and throb and. Under rib cage could it be my liver?

Anatomy: The liver is under your right breast. It is not on the left side and thus could not be the cause of left abdominal pain. On the left is the colon, spleen, pancreas and stomach. ...Read more

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My right side rib cage pain is burning and aching can it possibly be ucler or liver issue?

My right side rib cage pain is burning and aching can it possibly be ucler or liver issue?

Yes: There are many potential causes, and I would encourage you to be seen; but you are right, the liver is in the right upper quadrant and can cause pain in the area, as can ulcer disease. Many other potential causes such as pleurisy, pneumonia, gall stones, costochondriitis, etc. An exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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An Mri showed a cyst in my liver. Could it be causing my chest pain @ center bottom of rib cage?

An Mri showed a cyst in my liver. Could it be causing my chest pain @ center bottom of rib cage?

Depends entirely: On location and size of cyst, but other causes need to be excluded, such as angina, ulcers, gallstones, because they can become serious. Consult with your doctor regarding further care. ...Read more

Liver Pain (Definition)

Nonspecific. Typically right upper quadrant. Suggest you see ...Read more