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What could this slight swelling on my lower right rib be?

What could this slight swelling on my lower right rib be?

Several things: 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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Pain in the lower left rib that comes and goes, there's no swelling and its seems worse wen I sit down in scared it's something serious ?

Pain in the lower left rib that comes and goes, there's no swelling and its seems worse wen I sit down in scared it's something serious ?

I wish I knew if: ...you're currently pregnant, but, I'll assume you aren't. Otherwise, I'd say, it's a sign of a healthy, active fetus & NOTHING to worry about. Even so, I doubt it's anything serious since it comes & goes, is positional and there aren't other symptoms. That said, if you're scared it's something serious, it's worth your while to see a doctor if only to get a dose of "piece of mind." Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I have a very hard knot on lower right rib on my back side that's been there 20 plus years. Now have some periodic uncomfortable swelling around it.

I have a very hard knot on lower right rib on my back side that's been there 20 plus years. Now have some periodic uncomfortable swelling around it.

Important: Any change in a swelling that has been there for a long time is always of concern. You need to see a physician quickly who may have to additional tests like ct or MRI followed by a biopsy. The examination may also reveal an entirely benign swelling that does not need any more intervention. ...Read more

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Diffuse swelling upper left stomach over lower rib. Only noticeable when laying down. Swelling is squishy not hard. Could this be fat ?

Diffuse swelling upper left stomach over lower rib. Only noticeable when laying down.
Swelling is squishy not hard. Could this be fat ?

It could be: It is also possible it could be a little benign fatty growth called a lipoma. Either way, it is likely not something you need to worry about. Keep an eye on it, though. If it continues to enlarge or becomes tender or discolored, it will then be something you want to bring to the attention of your doctor. Stay well:) ...Read more

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17 year old daughter has swelling by lower left rib cage and hurts to breath. No fever. Has had touch of flu for 2 days. She plays basketball. ?

17 year old daughter has swelling by lower left rib cage and hurts to breath. No fever. Has had touch of flu for 2 days. She plays basketball. ?

Injury: A painful swelling at that location is usually a muscle injury or a bruise, probably incurred during basketball.Your doctor would know for sure. ...Read more

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Have dry cough for 8 weeks with pain in rt. Lower rib/flank area & rt. Mid-chest when coughing & inhaling. No visible swelling. X-ray & blood test ok.?

Have dry cough for 8 weeks with pain in rt. Lower rib/flank area & rt. Mid-chest when coughing & inhaling. No visible swelling. X-ray & blood test ok.?

Could be . . .: Bronchitis could last for a while usually with these symptoms. However it could also be an allergy problem with post nasal drip and frequent throat clearing. The rib pain could be because you are coughing so frequently that your rib muscles are in spasm. You should see a physician to be diagnosed properly. ...Read more

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Have dry cough for 8 weeks with pain in rt. Lower rib-flank area & rt. Mid-chest when coughing & inhaling. No visible swelling. X-ray & blood test ok. ?

Have dry cough for 8 weeks with pain in rt. Lower rib-flank area & rt. Mid-chest when coughing & inhaling. No visible swelling. X-ray & blood test ok. ?

Not only OK, needed: Pulmonary symptoms of this duration with the pain and intensity you describe are more than reason enough for an immediate check up with your doctor. Blood tests and lung x-rays will likely be part of the examination. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ive Been having alot of body pain and swelling near my ribs , lower and upper back and lower abdominal . When i eat or drink my throat swells up. why?

Ive Been having alot of body pain and swelling near my ribs , lower and upper back and lower abdominal .  When i eat or drink my throat swells up. why?

Symptoms: Multiple painful areas associated with swelling. I would be concerned about some type of autoimmune problem. Lupus would be tops on the list. You should be seen. ...Read more

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I have r lower leg swelling for about 6 months DVT u/s neg xrays , knee hip and foot neg. I had a chest xray fatty deposits around heart ?

I have r  lower leg swelling for about 6 months DVT u/s neg xrays , knee hip and foot neg. I had a chest xray  fatty deposits around heart ?

Possible lymphedema: This may be due to lymphedema with the heart deposits that will cause swelling to the area. This may also be due to some other form of vascular compromise to your right lower extermity, not a dvt. Your vascular surgeon should be able to ascertain why the swelling persists. ...Read more

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Back & stomach pain past kidney issues and just recently went through a incomplete miscarriage and was hemorging for 15 days. Pain in right lower stomach and by hip pain close to ribs and lower back pain and swelling on right kidney and swelling in legs

It : It sounds like you have a very complicated recent past medical history with the incomplete miscarriage and hemorrhage. I am sorry that you had to go through that. With your symptoms in the setting of a recent incomplete miscarriage, your doctor should be aware of the pain and swelling you are having. It would be reasonable to consult with your physician for an evaluation. I wish you the best in this difficult situation. ...Read more

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Pain & swelling left rib cage?

Rib pain: The rib cage does not often become painful and swollen, unless there was some direct injury to the area (rib fracture/contusion) or some indirect sprain/strain to the muscle/ligament structures (costochondritis...). There can be soft tissue masses (and rarely bony) that can present with such symptoms, so please get evaluated. ...Read more

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What could be causing swelling under the right rib cage?

What could be causing swelling under the right rib cage?

Under the R rib cage: includes your spleen & the splenic flexural of the colon as well as the pancreas. Repeated infections can cause splenic enlargement, & can also be the source of repeated infections. See your PCP 4 eval & referrals if needed. ...Read more

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What could a swelling on a person's left side under the rib cage be?

What could a swelling on a person's left side under the rib cage be?

Many things there: Spleen, stomach, splenic flexure of the colon. Only way 2 b sure is 2 c ur pcp or an upper GI specialist. ...Read more

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I have a swelling on right side under the rib cage, and occasional pain?

I have a swelling on right side under the rib cage, and occasional pain?

Hmmm: Depends where the swelling is located, the time to onset, the size, severity and duration of the pain. A good start to figure this out would be to see your doctor, and possibly get a chest x-ray if the cause isn't readily apparent. ...Read more

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My friend has swelling on the right side right under ribs ,pain and nuasea?

My friend has swelling on the right side right under ribs  ,pain and nuasea?

Liver: That is where their gallbladder and liver are. These are vital organs and swelling there can be very serious. Given this person is in pain I would recommend they go see their physician urgently. ...Read more