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I have a painful lump below rib cage. In the center?

I have a painful lump below rib cage. In the center?

Zixphoid bone: Is central and can get traumatized and sore. Or local hernia can occur there. ...Read more

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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 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?

Could be....: This lump might need evaluated by more advanced imaging, such as an MRI or ct scan. There may be some soft tissue pathology or even a nondisplaced rib nonunion that is being missed by these imaging modalities. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

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Please help! i'm having painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left?

Please help! i'm having painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left?

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

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I have painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left. What could this be?

I have painful hard lump below my rib cage on the left. What could this be?

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

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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?

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?

Need to see it: to be sure, but you could be developing an abscess there. Is it warm to touch? Does it have a pointing area where it may drain? Does a warm compress make a difference? I think your best approach is to notify your doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

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Found a lump on rib cage 8 months ago.Now 3. Painful when agitated, didn't hurt for 5 months until last week when i pulled my left side muscle.

Found a lump on rib cage 8 months ago.Now 3. Painful when agitated, didn't hurt for 5 months until last week when i pulled my left side muscle.

Please get checked: By your doc. A lump can be serious and when treated properly can lower your anxiety. Ambiguity generates anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've found a lump on my left rib cage that moves about and isn't painful should I be worried ?

I've found a lump on my left rib cage that moves about and isn't painful should I be worried ?

Probably not: It's probably a little lump called a lipoma. That's a harmless collection of fatty tissue that for some unclear reason has decided to glomm together there. I've seen some as big as your fist. But, let a doctor take a look at it and examine it before you write it off as nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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