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Painful Lump On My Ribs
Painful hard lump: Dear riana, the possible causes of a 'painful hard lump' includes everything from an abcess (a boil) to sebaceous cyst to hematoma, and even benign lipomas, which can sometimes become uncomfortable. Fortunately for you, most physicians, including your pcp, will typically be able to quickly tell you what it is, and help treat you - if any treatment is actually necessary. So go to your pcp asap. ...Read more
Bone spur: The usual cause of superficial lump is lypoma. Rarely could it be a small bony growth or neuroma. A lypoma is usually painless, freely mobile, and remains stable over time. Bone spur is hard, fixed and tender on palpation. Neuroma may or may not painful but usually fixed. Just monitor for changes in size, superficial ulceration, changes in color and any suspicious changes talk to your PCP. ...Read more
I have a painful lump on my left rib cage. I had two ultrasounds and three x-rays in the past two years and they found nothing. What is this?
I have a small painful lump in my right rib just below my breast. I just had pneumonia. Is it related or should I go see my doctor?
Fibroma?: Most lumps are painless ... small benign fatty tumors/lipomas or epidermal cysts. The fact that yours is painful is notable. It is likely a dermatofibroma and likely requires no treatment, especially if it hasn't grown over the past year. But I would have it looked at by a dermatologist, just to make sure it doesn't have worrisome features. Very rarely a painful lump can be the beginning of cancer ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rib evaluation. I is: If you had a previous trauma at that site like a fractured rib then it may be just a healing fracture. If there has been no trauma and you have a painful lump then this should be seen by a doctor fairly soon. Any painful growth on a bone has to be looked at and evaluated. ...Read more
I found a painful little lump under my left rib cage and now its creating pain throughout my entire left side and now it hurts when I take deep breath?
Muscle spasm?: Sounds like a spasm of one of the chest wall muscles. Try rubbing it, or applying a heating pad. Can also try topical agent such as Myoflex cream or aspercreme. Does not sound like a hernia due to location. If severe and unrelenting, may need to go to the ER for a more complete evaluation. ...Read more
I have painful lump on top of my left rib. And back pain that feels like contractions but my tubes are tied?
Requires examination: and testing: cannot be diagnosed online. Call your physician for an appointment asap. ...Read more
Very painful tender lump under my right rib cage on my back. Can't sleep and can't touch it. Also 30 weeks pregnant, what could it be?
Lymph nodes?: If the bumps are in an area where there are lymph nodes (under the arm) they may be due to an infection or something more serious like breast or organ cancer. Find a health care practitioner that can differentiate between skin, lymphatic or boney location to the bumps, or write back with more specifics. ...Read more
I have a lump on my left side of my lower rib really painful whenever I eat get so full would I need a operation ?
Perhaps. : Start with seeing your doctor for an evaluation of the lump ...Read more
I have a lump (not painful) which feels about 4cm by 2cm. It is on my ribs, just on my back. I can move it around a little. Help!
Sounds like fat cyst: Sometimes sweat gland can grow inwards producing a cyst. If this bothers U, can be removed. The cyst has capsule around it which also needs removed and leaves indentation which dissapears slowly. If it begins to smell or leak U can have removed w insur claiming infected, Otherwise ins may not pay. Also they can recur. Show primary MD & seek derm to examine. Removal not a big deal. ...Read more
What could be cause of hard lump, size of gumball, on bottom right rib felt on back/side. Had 12 years now. Not usually painful unless pressed on alot?
NotSeriousGetChecked: You have had this for 12 years and it has not changed.It is hard lump to feel which means it is likely to be in the rib itself or over it Could be a cyst or a healed scar from old fracture or a benign tumor It needs to be evaluated by your Primary Care Doctor when you next visit him/her let him check it ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I hav lots of painful small lumps in the area around the bottom of my ribs my dr says they are nothin to worry about but they are getting more painful?
Ask more questions: Progressively painful bumps on ribs are not normal. Ask your doctor what the diagnosis is. If he/she doesn't know or can't really say, or if it doesn't sound right to you, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
Pea sized lumps on ribs, are not visible, i could feel it and it rolls when i touch it. not painful, it is there for more than an year not changing si?
Lumps: These are either small fatty tumors (lipomas), or lymph nodes which are more dense and usually located near the center of the body (i.e., neck/armpits). Other skin associated lumps (cysts, nodules) are usually more visible externally. Usually these are benign but if growing or concerning to you, should be checked. ...Read more
Inclusion cyst?: Hard to tell a lump since there are many underlying causes. Have your primary or a dermatologist take a look further. Typically an inclusion or fatty cysts can be present as well w/o pain. ...Read more
What can be this lump squishy feeling under my rib it's not painful at all ! Right side was also diagnosed with costochondrtitis
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