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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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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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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?

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

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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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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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I have a small lump on the top of my left rib cage under skin. It isn't painful.

I have a small lump on the top of my left rib cage under skin. It isn't painful.

Sounds like: This can be many things. Your description is very general. Most likely benign. Could be a sebaceous cyst or a lipoma. Have a doctor examine you. www.drlugo.com ...Read more

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I have a lump on my right rib cage. It's small moves with the skin and not painful. Is this just a cyst?

I have a lump on my right rib cage. It's small moves with the skin and not painful. Is this just a cyst?

Skin lump: Usually possibilities include a cyst, a lymph node, or a lipoma. However there are many other rarer possibilities. It is prudent to ask your doctor to evaluate the lesion. You should go promptly if the lesion is growing or changing. ...Read more

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