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What does it mean when I have a sharp pain in my left rib?

What does it mean when I have a sharp pain in my left rib?

Could be: A chest wall problem due to slipped rib syndrome, somatic dysfunction of the rib or costochondritis. Try some advil (ibuprofen) for a few days and see your doctor for exam and treatment options. Could also be a problem from within the chest like the heart, stomach esophagus or even kidney. ...Read more

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I feel a pain in my left rib and is swollen, i dont know what it is.

I feel a pain in my left rib and is swollen, i dont know what it is.

See your doctor.: You should see your doctor and be examined. You may also need an X-ray to determine the cause and the best treatment, but only your doctor can determine that. If the pain gets worse and your doctor is not available, you should be seen at the emergency room. ...Read more

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When i got out of the shower 21 mintues ago i was getting this sharp pain in my left rib. Also before & after. So why am i getting sharp pains?

Need more info: The chances are that you twisted your torso and/or strained the rib muscles. Try applying something like bengay if there is no rash over the painful area and/or take tylenol (acetaminophen). If still a problem and if you are breaking out with a blister type rash or something similar get an appt with your family physician. ...Read more

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Hi i have pain in my left rib and rotate to back i have hear5burn and burping as well?

Hi i have pain in my left rib and rotate  to back i have  hear5burn and burping as well?

Painful burp: Dyspepsia and haital hernia come to mind with your description Avoid prcess foods, do not eat close to bed time follow an elimination diet to find comon offenders. Try Zantac (ranitidine) or other over de counter similar remedies. Be sure to check your heart with your family doctor ...Read more

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I have pain in my left rib the lower & the backside. Which symptom is this?

PAIN IS A SYMPTOM: Your pain is the symptom now you and your doctor need to come up with the cause of pain. See a doctor. Good history is half the battle. ...Read more

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For years I get a pain in my left rib that sometime radiates to my back, it on and off been docs and she said there's nothing swollen there, pls help?

For years I get a pain in my left rib that sometime radiates to my back, it on and off been docs and she said there's nothing swollen there, pls help?

A pesky area: There is good news and bad news associated with having a pain "for years." The good news is that it is likely nothing super serious if it hasn't progressed to something else. The bad news is if you haven't figured out what it is, you probably won't. I presume diagnostic tests (x-rays, other imaging, etc) have been done. It is likely a soft/connective tissue inflammation. An injection may help. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left rib cage... whenever i breathe ,the pain becomes more severe... can you please tell me what is the reason?

I have pain in my left rib cage... whenever i breathe ,the pain becomes more severe... can you please tell me what is the reason?

Musculoskeletal: What you're describing sounds like it's pain related to either the muscles, bones, and ligaments in the chest wall, or related to some friction between the chest wall and the lining of the heart/lungs. There are a lot of causes (more than I can list here) and with more info, we could narrow it down. If it is very severe, I would recommend going to get seen by a local doctor soon. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I have all he symptoms of gallbladder but im having pain in my left rib cage . My hida scan results were 60 % . Does this mean?Will my gldr be removed

I have all he symptoms of gallbladder but im having pain in my left rib cage . My hida scan results were 60 % . Does this mean?Will my gldr be removed

Normal hida scan: A normal gallbladder ejection fraction is more than 50%. It is normal in your case. Unless you have a situs invertus ( in this case the liver on the left side instead of the right side) your symptom is probably not related to hepatobiliary disease, as demonstrated by your normal hida scan. It might be related to stomach, spleen or other thoracic problems. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left rib cage under my arm. Then it runs down my arm can u tell me what this could be?

I have pain  in my left rib cage under my arm. Then it runs down my arm can u tell me what this could be?

Nerve irritation: The arm pain could be a nerve irritation. Many things can cause pain in the rib cage. If the pain is not getting better, see your doctor for a careful history, examination, and probable testing. ...Read more

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I'm still getting a pain in my left rib now and again I've been to the docs loads and they said is muscle but y does it go then come back ?

Rib pain: Perhaps you are irritating the rib muscle by activity or repetitive injury due to posture problems or sports/work activity. You are probably re-injuring yourself. ...Read more

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Pain in my left rib that comes and goes could it b pancreatic cancer ?

Referred pain: Pain in left rib most likely referred pain from a visceral site unless aggravated by direct pressure suggesting an expansile rib lesion. Pancreatic cancer arises most frequently in the head region and is associated with painless jaundice, mid body lesion with infiltration of solar plexus, a cause severe local pain and tail lesion presenting with tumor pseudo portal hypertension. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a sharp shooting pain in my left rib cage coming from my back. Very very sore. Anyone know what it could be?

How long?: If they symptoms have lasted more than a few weeks, i would recommend seeing your pcp. This could be muscular or rib dysfunction. See your pcp if there is a rash in the area. Disc problems are uncommon in this are of the spine. If your pcp thinks it is musculoskeletal, then a course of physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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I've been getting an intermittent throbbing type pain in my left rib cage, below the breast but towards center of whole ribcage. No pain if touched?

I've been getting an intermittent throbbing type pain in my left rib cage, below the breast but towards center of whole ribcage. No pain if touched?

Throbbing chest pain: There are many possibilities. You should report this to your doctor and be seen for a physical examination and tests to determine the cause. Because this is recurring and throbbing, you definitely need a check up and evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left rib cage , can gas cause this? Also, after drinking coffee in the morning with creamer I get stomach cramping and immdemtally h

I have pain in my left rib cage , can gas cause this? Also, after drinking coffee in the morning with creamer I get stomach cramping and immdemtally h

Many possibilities: Pain under the left ribs can be caused by many things, including peptic ulcer disease, spleen problems, constipation, diverticulitis, pneumonia, and yes, gas. Determining the cause of pain in the abdomen requires a thorough investigation of symptom timing, duration, character, etc. Abdominal cramping after coffee and cream could be ulcer or gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, a food allergy, etc. ...Read more

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Went to the ER about a stabbing pain in my left rib and shoulder as well as flank pain. My stomach aparently isnt emptying at all! what causes this?

Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis is commonly caused by diabetes, but can have a multitude of other causes. I would recommend going to see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more