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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. ...Read more

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30yo f 2wk hx, 45bpm resting, 60-70 normal, chest pain under right rib cage & sternum, improves on exertion & BPM to 100+ 3 mo postpartum, differential?

30yo f 2wk hx, 45bpm resting, 60-70 normal, chest pain under right rib cage & sternum, improves on exertion & BPM to 100+ 3 mo postpartum, differential?

Sounds benign: Have you seen your doctor about this? You should. If your heart rate doesn't stay below 40 for minutes at a time, shouldn't cause any symptoms. The chest discomfort doesn't sound cardiac. The fact that heart rate increases normally with activity is a good sign. Discuss the possible need for a holter monitor with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have really bad pains on my right side just under my rib cage I thought it was gas but there definitely isn't it?

I have really bad pains on my right side just under my rib cage I thought it was gas but there definitely isn't it?

Right abdominal pain: Right upper abdominal pain can have many etiologies. Anatomically, this is the location of the liver, gallbladder, part of the pancreas and part of the colon. This area is also adjacent to the diaphragm and lower lung. Abnormality within this area has broad possibilities. Best to be examined by a physician to determine what, if any, diagnostic tests may be needed. ...Read more

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My child is hurting with sharp pains in the lower part of her rib cage, with vomiting, what could possibly be going on?

My child is hurting with sharp pains in the lower part of her rib cage, with vomiting, what could possibly be going on?

Lots of things: A stomach virus or food poisoning or hepatitis or pancreatitis or many, many other things I can think of. If she's in pain and throwing up, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had a couple drinks the other night and caused severe pains under my rib cage. On omeprazole 40mg. This has happened twice?

I had a couple drinks the other night and caused severe pains under my rib cage. On omeprazole 40mg. This has happened twice?

Pancreas: This could well be pain from gastritis/the stomach, but alcohol can also affect the pancreas. The gallbladder is also near the rib cage on the right side - it could be any of these.

An exam and blood work would perhaps provide some help sorting this out, especially if done when you have the pain. ...Read more

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My entire rib cage feels sore when I press on it and sometimes I get dull to sharp pains when I am not touching. I don't exercise often.

My entire rib cage feels sore when I press on it and sometimes I get dull to sharp pains when I am not touching. I don't exercise often.

Rib cage pain: You MAY have a broken rib or something else. Please see your doc. He/she will help you figure it out. Exercising program may need changing but your doc will help you sort that out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Over the past 3 months, I've been having chest pains. On my left rib cage, upper left chest, and lower left chest. No one seems to know why.?

Over the past 3 months, I've been having chest pains. On my left rib cage, upper left chest, and lower left chest. No one seems to know why.?

Causes of chest pain: Chest pain. Pleuritic chest pain, costochondritis, esophageal chest pain, musculoskeletal chest pain, myocardial ischemia, acute cholecystitis
acute pericarditis, aortic dissection
gastroesophageal reflux disease
neuroendocrine tumor
pericarditis
pulmonary embolism
pheochromocytoma
have they study all of this? ...Read more

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I get these sharp pains just above my rib cage. They last anywhere from 5-10 minutes and I can't breathe normally when it happens. What is going on?

Pain above rib cage: Pain above rib cage can be due to many factors. What is your age? Where exactly is the pain. Consult with us to help you beter. If you are older than 65, we worry about angina or heart attack depending on your medical health/history. If you are young, the most common causes are: GI issues/gas, musculoskeletal pain, infection/pneumonia, heart issues, referred pain from another source. ...Read more

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Intermittent sharp pains under left rib cage. Spleen? Enlarged? Not sure what to do about it. I have had heavy ETOH past. Haven't drank in couple months

Intermittent sharp pains under left rib cage. Spleen? Enlarged? Not sure what to do about it. I have had heavy ETOH past. Haven't drank in couple months

Needs exam: With the history you provided you need to be seen and examined, probably an ultrasound of your abdomen is warranted after being seen, good luck ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pains just under the lower part of my right rib cage. It has woke me up in the middle of the night and hurts also when I take deep breaths. Should this concern me?

I'm having sharp pains just under the lower part of my right rib cage. It has woke me up in the middle of the night and hurts also when I take deep breaths. Should this concern me?

Gallbladder/PUD: It may be irritation due to your peptic ulcer disease. It may also be related to your gallbladder.

Best place to start is at your doctor's office. If he/she finds any abdominal tenderness, you might need an ultrasound or an x-ray.

In the end, it may also be a pulled muscle. It is hard to say with the limited information. ...Read more

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Sudden tight pains in rib cage and across middle of back?

Sudden tight pains in rib cage and across middle of back?

Tightness c/w muscle: contraction, which (if enough & sustained) can become painful. All our muscles (heart muscle more so; especially inner walls nearest chambers) ↓ blood flow during contraction. The contraction pressure opposes & ↓es blood flow into muscles via arteries & capillaries while ↑es flow outward into the veins. Thus sustained contractions induces ischemia & (if long enough) contractions become painful. ...Read more

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What could be with having internal chest pains at the top of my rib cage?

It could be: Coming from heart, lungs or esophagus. There are 100's of causes of chest pain. Get to a doctor go help figure it out. ...Read more

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I have pains in the chest, neck, rib cage area. Not sure what's going on?

I have pains in the chest, neck, rib cage area. Not sure what's going on?

With no other info -: Available, its difficult to say what's happening,
see your pcp to be evaluated.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on my rib cage left side and sharp pains and I can move it what is it?

I have a hard lump on my rib cage left side and sharp pains and I can move it what is it?

Mgt: It is probably an enlarged lymph node, and an evaluation is advised. A complete blood count and ESR may be ordered as indicated. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. ...Read more

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Left side right underneath rib cage hurts. Getting tight pains and feels like its tearing?

Muscle strain?: I would have it looked at asap you may have a pulled or strained muscle, or even a torn muscle, possible broken rib, get it looked at to determine what it is and the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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What would cause sharp pains on my left side right near the bottom of the rib cage when I walk?

What would cause sharp pains on my left side right near the bottom of the rib cage when I walk?

LUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My left side between the hip and rib cage has sharp radiating pains that will not stop. What could it be?

My left side between the hip and rib cage has sharp radiating pains that will not stop. What could it be?

Muscle strain: There are a group, of muscles that run from the spine to rare the hip and connect to the hop region. These can be strained by twisting, especially while lifting. A doc eval is best to rule out kidney disease or other spine irritation ...Read more

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I will randomly get very sharp stabbing pains under my right rib cage, I literally can't move when it happens, what is this?

I will randomly get very sharp stabbing pains under my right rib cage, I literally can't move when it happens, what is this?

Need exam: Pain in that area can come from your lungs, the lining of your lung or organs in your abdomen. A doctor needs to examine you and ask you questions to know. ...Read more

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For about 2 weeks dull pain below right rib cage sometimes I get sudden pains feeling like knife stabbing what could this be?

Gall bladder symptom: Right upper quadrant pain can be from gallbladder irritation or possibly an ulcer in a young person. These pains can be dull with exacerbations of discomfort. A visit to your primary care doctor for further evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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I have been having pains in my left side under my rib cage sometimes there is a burning feeling and it feels like something is going to bust?

I have been having pains in my left side under my rib cage sometimes there is a burning feeling and it feels like something is going to bust?

See your doctor: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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I have had back pains for about 3 week but tonight I've had a pain at the right side at the bottom of my rib cage and keep getting chest pains...

I have had back pains for about 3 week but tonight I've had a pain at the right side at the bottom of my rib cage and keep getting chest pains...

See a doctor: Back bain can be due to not only musculo-skeletal issues (strain or injury), but kidney stones and infections. I recommend that you look up kidney infections and stones. Also ectopiic pregnabcy and pelvic disease can cause abdominal or back pain. Was there an injury? Do you have other symptoms such as discomfort on urinating or sexual activity. This could poit to some medical clues. ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pains that come and go right under my right rib cage. Whether I'm at rest or doing something. It only last for a few seconds. Help?

Get a check up: Sounds like you are having nerve entrapment in the rib cage. Please consult with your doctor who can examine you thoroughly, advice certain test to confirm diagnosis and finally discuss the treatment options. Good luck! ...Read more

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I keep having sharp short pains under my left rib cage and sometimes when I eat I makes it worst but also it will get worst if I don't eat. Plz help?

I keep having sharp short pains under my left rib cage and sometimes when I eat I makes it worst but also it will get worst if I don't eat. Plz help?

Sharp short pains: Your pain might be more your stomach or gall bladder rather than muscle or ribs.
Patients with Peptic Ulcer can have pain relieved when their stomach has food in it acts as buffer to an ulcer. When stomach is empty, there is no coating to cover an ulcer.
Gall Bladder is the great mimicker-can cause referred pain to other parts of abdomen or to the back.
Try antacids and avoid fatty, fried foods ...Read more

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Its been 3 days and I still have wierd pains in my lower left side below my rib cage, it travels up to my left side of my neck and chest. What is it?

Go see doctor: You must go to the doctor and have an evaluation. Although your young age lowers your heart disease risk, a cardiac cause of this pain has to be ruled out. ...Read more