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Doctor insights on: Painful Lump Under Left Rib Cage

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Dr. David Earle Dr. Earle
Surgery
27 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Peter Gerbino Dr. Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Lump under left rib cage that is painful when pressed. I am also 7 weeks postpartum.?

Lump under left rib cage that is painful when pressed. I am also 7 weeks postpartum.?

Check with ob-gyn: Your obstetrician is the person to evaluate this lump. After birth, you could have soft tissue issues from your abdomen, your uterus or other structures in that area.

Dr. Richard Ferro Dr. Ferro
Urgent Care
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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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.

Dr. Mohammed Karim Dr. Karim
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
Rajshahi Medical College
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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.

Dr. Andrew Johnston Dr. Johnston
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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I feel a lump lower left rib cage. I can only feel it when I lie down towards my left side. Its not painful and feels movable.

I feel a lump lower left rib cage. I can only feel it when I lie down towards my left side. Its not painful and feels movable.

Lumps should: Always be investigated. Painfree does not indicate anything in terms of possible malignancy. Hopefully, its something benign like a lipoma or ganglion but it warrants an exam, my preference is biopsy.

Dr. Rafael Lugo Dr. Lugo
Surgery
24 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Forrest Jones Dr. Jones
Family Medicine
years in practice
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Painful left lump on left side of rib cage. It has grown in size. MRI was last test to show something but it was not defined. Been 3 yrs, what is it?

Painful left lump on left side of rib cage. It has grown in size. MRI was last test to show something but it was not defined. Been 3 yrs, what is it?

Need more info: If the lump is in the rib itself, did you have trauma in that area? Have you ever had a cancer, especially of a type that tends to spread to bone; and does the MRI suggest a cancer in the bone? That would be my concern, although your description makes me doubt cancer. Review the findings with your clinician. A biopsy, if needed, is one way to answer your question. Hope that helps.

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor Dr. Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
12 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam Dr. Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Madurai Kamaraj University Medical College
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I feel a lump on my left hand side above my rib cage & very painful what is it?

Limited information: With this ltd. Inform. It is difficult to tell. Need to know how long you came to notice, was there any trauma, any similar swellings anywhereelse. If it is in the underarm a potential lymphnode /infected hair follicle, commonly called boil (furuncle) is there. Is there any pus coming from it. Any fever. If it is an elarged lymphnodeneed to r/o inflammation vs cancer add more ino., can answer better.

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

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.

Dr. Ayisha Gani Dr. Gani
Internal Medicine
years in practice
Madurai University, Tirunelveli Medical College
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I have movable non painful lumps on my rib cage, one below breast and another one left bottom of rib cage these are there for more than an year...

I have movable non painful lumps on my rib cage, one below breast and another one left bottom of rib cage these are there for more than an year...

Lipoma/fatty tumor: It may a fatty tumor, that is benign, as long as it does not get bigger and painful nothing need to be worried about.

Dr. Jeffrey Clemens Dr. Clemens
Surgery
33 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I have a lump in my rib cage on the left side. It only shows when I lift my arms over my head. It's not painful. I do have a history of an enlarged sp?

I have a lump in my rib cage on the left side. It only shows when I lift my arms over my head. It's not painful. I do have a history of an enlarged sp?

Unlikely: An enlarged spleen is usually tucked up under the ribcage just below the diaphragm, at least early on. The lump or mass would be felt in the abdomen, if the spleen were large enough, not in the ribcage. Any doctor can check for an enlarged spleen just by feeling in the left upper abdomen.

Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Hello I'm 34 yrs old and I just discovered a painful lump under my left breast close to my rib cage. Should I be worried about this?

Hello I'm 34 yrs old and I just discovered a painful lump under my left breast close to my rib cage. Should I be worried about this?

Get it checked: You should have it checked. If it is not in the breast tissue itself then it may be a cyst or boil that needs to be treated. If it is a painful lump in the breast then it needs to be examined by the doctor. Those are usually benign fibrous type growths but you need to have an exam to be sure.

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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela Dr. Duchicela
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Yesterday, I noticed a slight lump/bulge on my upper left abdomen below my rib cage after dinner. It is not painful. Is this anything to worry about?

Not yet.: I wouldn't worry too much just yet. It could be a harmless cyst or deposit of fat called a lipoma. It's something your doc should check out - not urgently, though. If it's not painful and you have no other symptoms, it could be done within 1-2 weeks.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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I have a painful 'fat-like' lump on left rib cage, mid axillary line. I have dull aches in my back and chest, occasionally my joints. And light nausea?

May need medical che: If this lump is increasing in size, you should get your doctor to check it. You can watch its size over the next 4 weeks and then decide if you need medical attention. If it is painful, go see your doctor sooner. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may give you some relief from pain, .

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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Today I just found a lump under my left breast on the rib cage. It is very painful and I have another on left back rib which radiates to the front. Are these symptoms of cancer?

Need to see your doc: Only a doctor's examination can clarify what it is. Any lump, if it is new and it is real, means something is wrong. It can be an infection (skin) or it could be something else.

Dr. Tariq Niazi Dr. Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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Lump under left rib cage. Could it be a floating rib?

Lump under left rib cage. Could it be a floating rib?

Yes, at the back, --: If its swollen for any reason. Generally ribs do not swell, unless growing a cyst or a tumor in it. These are extremely uncommon, to say the least. A healing fracture off a bone could be felt as a swelling. These are located at the back, on either side of the spine and covered by plenty of muscles. Difficult to be seen or felt easily, except in a very skinny person.