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Pain In Back Rib Cage Area
What to do if I had mono back in june and my spleen was a bit enlarged. I am now having a lot of pain near my left back rib cage/ scapula area. Related?
Possible nerve impingement that can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management.
Remedies for a strain somewhr in the chest/back/rib cage area that caused all the muscles in those areas to contract and diffclty in breathing?
Something moves under my right rib cage, it's does not hurt but annoying, it moves to my right side and right area of my back?
I had swollen areas of about a few inches in diameter on both sides of my back, just below where my rib cage ends but on the back. What could that be?
Hard to say: There are a lot of natural muscle insertion points in the area that you describe. This may be what your are feeling. However, if this "swelling" has increased or if it is painful or red, then you might want to get it evaluated. Also, is this related to any injury to the back? ...Read more
Have extreme pain only when I put pressure under my rib cage on both sides in my lower back. It's a very small area on both sides?
Low back: Tenderness of the low back could come from lumbar muscles, vertebra, or kidney/ureteral origin. If your symptoms persist or worsen see your physician for evaluation and he/she will order the appropriate tests and, if necessary, refer you to a specialist. ...Read more
A few months now, areas in back/sides of rib cage hurt, thought it was soft mattress. Now more areas hurt, and one place next to spine hurts to touch.?
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. You may take an over the counter pain relief medication like acetaminophen and do not drink alcohol. ...Read more
I have intense pain in the area underneath my lower right rib cage wrapping around to the back same spot?
I have pains on my right side, upper rib cage area and upper right arm, also back when I sit. Any idea what can be the issue been over a week?
Get a medical check: If your pains do not settle down soon, you should get a physical exam by your doctor. Most minor aches and pains are related to muscles and often settle down in week to 10 days. If the pain is related to exertion or is getting worse, then you should go see your doctor soon (early next week) and get a check up done. ...Read more
Constant Sharp pain from left lower rib cage to side to back. Tender to touch. No movements or hits to area that could be recalled.
Could be collapsed: You may have a collapsed lung, if you are short of breath go to ER soon ...Read more
I have a lipoma in my back on top of rib cage (u/s done) could that have anything to do with the swelling I have in the rib/flank area now?
Lipmoa: Lipoma is a benign fatty lump that occurs under the skin & does not become cancerous. Is the swelling you feel at the same site as the lipoma? A lipoma can feel raised or lumpy and could cause a swelling feeling at the same site as the lipoma itself. ...Read more
I have a sharp pain in back right behind my rib cage shoulder blade area, doesn't hurt to breath but hurts to cough or move in certain directions?
Need more info: I will need more info re this pain. How long present? Did you injure yourself in any way, lifting, stumbling, carry a heavy weight, etc?? You may have partially moved a rib out of place, but that is only one possibility. Does the pain respond to ice application? Heat? If it persists, should be checked by physician. ...Read more
I've had pain under my RT. Rib cage that radiates to either the lumbar or thoracic area of my back which has been increasing in pain. Possible causes?
Soreness in back (mid rib cage area). Worse with bending and taking a deep breath. Feels irritated.?
Muscles on either side of the spine itself can be strained the same way the muscles of the lower (lumbr) spine can be strained/sprained. These are called the "paraverterbral muscles": APPLY HEAT/ICE (which ever helps more) and if the symptoms persist some PHYSICAL THERAPY is the next step!
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Why when I workout, I get a sharp pain in my right side under the rib cage then a sharp shooting pain from that area to my right shoulder blade?
Options: This could be muscle spasm, neck problem, shoulder problem, or even a spinal disc pushing in a nerve when you lift heavy things. I would suggest anti inflammatories, rest, lower wring the intensity of your work out. If it does not improve, see a pt or your doctor for better eval. ...Read more
I have a swelling on the left side of my rib cage, at the same time I have frozen shoulder, was massage on the back spinal cord area. What causes it?
Rib cage swelling: There may be many different reasons why you have swelling around your rib cage. Possible causes include, but are not limited to: rib contusion, rib fracture, costochondritis, shingles, and intercostal neuritis. I would seek a formal evaluation from a qualified medical professional - especially if your swelling is associated with chest pain and/or associated skin lesions. ...Read more
I have a lump the size of my finger tip on my lower left back just below my rib cage. Recently I've developed pain in this area when I rotate my hips?
Left back pain:
Without delay you must have your Primary doctor refer you to a back specialist!
Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
I have a sore pain on my left side where my rib cage is that I feel when I lay on that side. It is getting worse with time. Also sporadic pain in back on both sides in kidney area. What could it be?
See PCP: Need a through history and physical as well as a urinalysis and possibly a renal ultrasound. Please see your PCP to help sort out ...Read more
Found a lump back left rib cage yesterday. Pain along left side ribs to hip front pelvic area pain feel fullness like ribs touching my hips!?
Examination: The rapid onset of your symptoms suggests an infection, but you don't describe feeling ill other than fullness and pain. See your physician today, and if you can't get in head to the emergency room. ...Read more
I've a hard/visible lump on the side/back of my rib cage. I've osteoporosis. Injured area 3 months ago. Intermittent pain. Any ideas? Will see doc.
I have tenderness under my right rib cage and sometimes in my back in the same area. It's only tender to the touch and there are no other symptoms.
Get checked for: Gallbladder and liver problems. Take care!Get a more detailed answer ›
Having sharp pains on both right & left sides rib cage area under breasts & around back, feels like im swallowing my tongue, nauseated. Help please?
Please see doc: Sometimes rib/back muscle strains can cause pain like you describe, but... The nausea and the feeling of swallowing your tongue is concerning - that usually doesn't happen with simple muscle strains. Could this be referred pain from an ulcer, from the diaphragm, from the heart? Your symptoms are concerning enough that you deserve a thorough medical workup. Time to go to an urgent care or ed. ...Read more
I have dull pain and bubble like feeling near the kidneys, under the rib cage area, sides and back, also shortness of breath sometimes. Advice?
Pain in luq goes around to side. I have swelling there as well and above rib cage below breast and all around that area and wraps around to back.
LUQ and rib cage: Unless you were born with situs inversus where your gall bladder and other organs are reversed, your discomfort may be due to problems with the spleen, base of left lung, gas entrapment in the left upper colon, cracked rib or pinched intercostal nerve which runs between two ribs in the lower left rib cage. Pinched nerve pain is sharp, shooting and worse with a deep breath. Your MD can examine you ...Read more
Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine? Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!
Yes: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more
Having mild bronchitis, breathing difficulty, pain on both sides (front and back) rib cage level. Now tightness around diaphragm area.
Breathing difficulty: You should go to the emergency department since you are having breathing problems. The tightness could be muscles because of your breathing or something else ...Read more
I got acid reflux problem. I'm taking nexium (esomeprazole).But from last 2 weeks I have back pain left side close to shoulder blade in rib cage area. Why is that?
? unrelated: Stomach intestinal issues should not be referred to the back unless something serious is going on such as perforation, pancreatitis, bleeding. If you have pain in your shoulder it could be referred pain or something completely unrelated. For this type of complaint a face to face with your doctor will likely provide better answers to a complex question. Good luck ...Read more
Pain in lower back on left side above buttocks when sleeping at night, I lie on my left side...In the morning I have a very tender area just above my left buttocks and below my rib cage.
You: You may be straining your back muscles or facet joints. I would recommend alternating with your right side and sleeping on your back. You may also benefit from trying out a different mattress. If it does not improve or worsens I recommend discussing it with your primary care doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
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