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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?
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
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