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Doctor insights on: Pain In Rib Cage During Pregnancy

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I have severe pain in left rib cage during first trimester of pregnancy.

I have severe pain in left rib cage during first trimester of pregnancy.

Possibly serious.: Pulmonary embolism, pleurisy, pneumonia, rib fracture, herpes zoster and intercostal nerve/muscle injury can cause your symptoms, as can psychosomatic causes. Talk to your obstetrician asap about this, as some of these causes can be very serious for your health/life! ...Read more

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Currently 20 weeks pregnant and i've been getting really sharp pain below my rib cage on the left side. Same symptom on previous pregnancy which was preemie.

Currently 20 weeks pregnant and i've been getting really sharp pain below my rib cage on the left side. Same symptom on previous pregnancy which was preemie.

PAIN: On the left side there is bowel, spleen, ribcage, uterus/ligaments, ovaries, kidney, ureters etc. It would be difficult to give you a diagnosis without k knowing your personal history. Anyways, consult your obgyn asap and let him/her know your symptoms. Sometimes its nothing, sometimes could be serious. ...Read more

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Could twitching (almost like an eye twitch) under right rib cage be a sign of pregnancy? she has irregular periods and would be about 19 weeks.

Could twitching (almost like an eye twitch) under right rib cage be a sign of pregnancy? she has irregular periods and would be about 19 weeks.

A home pregnancy tes: t is more accurate! Twitching by ribs is nonspecific. However at 19 weeks, a fetal US is even more accurate! Stay away from old wives tales on this one. ...Read more

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Pain under right rib cage , I wake up to it. It doesn't last long but it comes and goes every morning and during the day . Better after I drink water?

Pain under right rib cage , I wake up to it. It doesn't last long but it comes and goes every morning and during the day . Better after I drink water?

See answer: Generally speaking pain under the right rib cage might possibly be due to gallbladder disease, muscle strain of the chest wall, liver disease or other problems. But without the ability to ask you more about your pain it's difficult to give you specific advice. See your physician or consider an online consultation at Health Tap. ...Read more

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I've been feeling rapid heart beats that go really fast and hit my rib cage, and it worries and much. This happens during. Exercise, what is this?

I've been feeling rapid heart beats that go really fast and hit my rib cage, and it worries and much. This happens during. Exercise, what is this?

Hard to say: But I'd be worried about a possible arrhythmia, as in irregular heart beat. It's possible that these sensations are related to benign extra heart beats, like PACs or PVCs, but nonetheless, you need to be formally evaluated. ...Read more

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In a lot of pain in my rib cage area since a pap 4 days ago. I have had many laps and never an issue. I also bleed during the test. What is this?

In a lot of pain in my rib cage area since a pap 4 days ago.  I have had many laps and never an issue. I also bleed during the test.  What is this?

Something else: Because the Pap smear is obtained by scraping the cervix you can have some bleeding afterward but the pain in your rib cage is not related to the Pap. You may have strained a muscle, have inflammation in the cartilage, or even have an infection but the Pap is not the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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7 yr old son w/pain in right testicle and lower rib cage....Doesn't complain during the day but cries in pain at night. Can a hernia worsen at night?

7 yr old son w/pain in right testicle and lower rib cage....Doesn't complain during the day but cries in pain at night. Can a hernia worsen at night?

Testicular pain: Hernia related pain can occur at any time. In your sons case iy seems to be postional, worsening when he lays down. However, all testicular pain must be checked out. I wouldn't waste any time. I recommend consulting with you doctor. ...Read more

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I had a total hysterectomy back in July and now I have this constant pain on my left side below rib cage (on side). Pain during/after sex bloating etc?

Referred: That is a common area for pain referred from the area you had surgery. I would make sure your surgeon is aware. The other possibility is you have developed another condition such as gall bladder disease, for example. ...Read more