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I have a dull ache below my ribcage?

I have a dull ache below my ribcage?

Could Be Anything: Many times ribs can cause pain themselves if a rib is out of place or has a fracture. Other times it could be the intercostal muscles in between the ribs that get stretched or spasm that cause pain. The junction where the ribs meet the cartilage also can cause pain and lastly people that have organ damage below ribcage (liver, spleen, lungs, stomach, pancreas etc) can also have pain. ...Read more

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Hi,have a constant aching pain in my back behind left and right ribcage for few weeks, with constant itch on left side of back nothing visible?

Hi,have a constant aching pain in my back behind left and right ribcage for few weeks, with constant itch on left side of back nothing visible?

The first thing: this brings to mind is possible shingles/herpes zoster but if you never saw a rash or any kind of blistering on the skin, then I doubt this diagnosis. But the distribution with pain and skin symptoms suggests some type of involvement along a nerve distribution/dermatome. Symptomatic care including ice or heat for the pain and regular moisturization for the skin would be recommended. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Whole ribcage gets sore and lasts 1 to 3 days. No breathing issues or injuries.

Whole ribcage gets sore and lasts 1 to 3 days. No breathing issues or injuries.

Ribcage pain: The cause of your ribcage pain may be multiple. Further history and a physical exam is needed to have a better impression. Sometimes when physical issues have been ruled out, anxiety/panic or other mental issues may manifest via pain and also need to be recognized. ...Read more

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I have pain under my ribcage on left side it is sore to touch too. What could be wrong?

I have pain under my ribcage on left side it is sore to touch too. What could be wrong?

Muscle: You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel fatty liver ache from obesity even in your lower right back under ribcage?

Is it possible to feel fatty liver ache from obesity even in your lower right back under ribcage?

Yes: Fatty liver is asymptomatic in most patients, but occasionally people complain of some vague discomfort in the liver area, which is in the right upper quadrant (under the ribcage). It's still debatable whether it is a liver related pain or rather a gallbladder one that seems to be more frequently affected in individuals with fatty liver disease. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause rib pain all over? My ribs always feel sore! They hurt when pressing on them and my ribcage always feels achy.

Can costochondritis cause rib pain all over? My ribs always feel sore! They hurt when pressing on them and my ribcage always feels achy.

See PMR doc: Ribs connect the thoracic spine to chest wall at the costo chondral border. Inflammation here is costo chondritis. Having rib pain as you describe does not fit this definition. See a rheumatologist or per PMR doc to determine if this is a different problem like myocardial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, or rib alignment disorder. Then, treatment can resolve this pain. ...Read more

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Aching pain under ribcage after eating, sickness and gas. What could these be symptoms of?

Stomach ulcer: Spicy foods can iritate the stomach lining in some patients. Try otc medicines such as famotidine(pepcid) or Omeprazole (prilosec) and an antacid (mylanta or maalox plus) for two weeks. See your doctor if persists. Avoid spices, alcohol, coffee, tobacco and stress. ...Read more

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Constant ache left side about 2" from ribcage/upper stomach area. Sometimes slight stabbing pain. What could be wrong?

Chest pain: It seems more like a costochondritis, but I am a little confused as to the location. This occurs usually about the 4th-6th costochondral junction about 2 inches from the sternum. Try to press and it hurts. And the treatment initially are nsaids like advil (ibuprofen) or alive. Nevertheless, see your doctor to make sure. ...Read more

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I have a spasm at the base of the sternum that circles my ribcage. It is extremely sore for days, completely impeding my movement. Any suggestions?

I have a spasm at the base of the sternum that circles my ribcage. It is extremely sore for days, completely impeding my movement. Any suggestions?

?Costochondritis: This may be an inflammation or strain of the joint between the sternum and rib. If so. there is usually associated tenderness and pain on motion. Try cold or warm applications and if you can take them,NSAIDS,like ibuprofen may help. See your Physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Burning dull pain below my ribcage after eating fried or tomato based food. Feels like the dull ache in my sides or back. Worse when standing. Last either hours or a day or so.

Burning dull pain below my ribcage after eating fried or tomato based food. Feels like the dull ache in my sides or back. Worse when standing. Last either hours or a day or so.

Mgt: From your description, your symptoms may be related to GERD. I would advise trying an over the counter anti reflux medication. If the symptoms persist, a visit with your PCP is indicated. In the meantime, avoid fried and acidic foods. ...Read more

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Ache in left shoulderblade, left breast, left chest, & ribcage below breast.Cannot be reproduced.Intermittent.Only lasts for a few seconds.

Ache in left shoulderblade, left breast, left chest, & ribcage below breast.Cannot be reproduced.Intermittent.Only lasts for a few seconds.

Musculoskeletal pain: Your symptoms are consistent with musculoskeletal pain. This could be caused from a pulled muscle, strenuous exercise, injury, or any trauma. I suggest seeing your pcp for a thorough physical examination. Take care. ...Read more

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Sharp constant pain bottom of ribcage on left, it has moved over 3 days to front left and has a sore spot approx 2" to left & high of belly button?

RIBCAGE PAIN: this could be coming form your 12th rib , or your thoracic spine , The spleen is located on the left and sometimes with certain bending movements the 12th rib can irritate the capsule and cause pain , observe the evolution over the next few days if it doesn't get worse it's probably something of that nature, ...Read more