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My dr said I have shingles with the blisters on the inside. Pain just behind the rib cage, front to back on the right side. Severe pain. Medication?

My dr said I have shingles with the blisters on the inside. Pain just behind the rib cage, front to back on the right side. Severe pain. Medication?

Shingles: Suggests recurrence of latent "chicken pox" virus. Usually antiviral medications are used acutely as well as Prednisone to help prevent the possibility of post herpetic nerve pain which can be debilitating and life lasting. Also nerve pain medications such as gabapentin, pregabilin, or Amitriptyline can be helpful. ...Read more

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My 2 month old had what appeared to be a bruise on his back near his rib cage. It turned into a blister. Any idea what is could be?

My 2 month old had what appeared to be a bruise on his back near his rib cage. It turned into a blister. Any idea what is could be?

Boil/cellulitis: It's really very tough to make any clinical judgement without looking at the lesion. However considering the age of baby (2 months old) it becomes mandatory to see his/her pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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What can I put on or take to get rid of sharp pain? I have a rash with blisters on rib cage under the left breast and it's very painful.

What can I put on or take to get rid of sharp pain? I have a rash with blisters on rib cage under the left breast and it's very painful.

? Shingles: Go see your dr. This could be shingles/ herpes zoster, a viral infection resulting from reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Take Ibuprofen for now if you have no allergies or you're not taking warfarin/coumadin.
Take care! ...Read more

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I have had a kidney stone pass before but what does spasm of rib cage feel like what s the difference in symptoms?

I have had a kidney stone pass before but what does spasm of rib cage feel like what s the difference in symptoms?

KIDNEY STONE: Rib issues are generally as tender as they are painful. Stones are more pain than tenderness. Kidney stone pain is not helped by position or rest either. ...Read more

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My HIDA scan was at 97%. Do you suggest gallbladder removal? I have had symptoms of pain for the last 5 months under the rib cage, duplicated by HIDA

My HIDA scan was at 97%. Do you suggest gallbladder removal? I have had symptoms of pain for the last 5 months under the rib cage, duplicated by HIDA

Surgeon: The hida scan only looks for obstruction. You can still have a diseased or dysfunctional gall bladder due to stones, sludge or chronic inflammation. A skilled abdominal surgeon will advise you best taking into account your history of symptoms and findings after testing and examining you. ...Read more

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I have all he symptoms of gallbladder but im having pain in my left rib cage. My hida scan results were 60 %. Does this mean? Will my gldr be removed

I have all he symptoms of gallbladder but im having pain in my left rib cage. My hida scan results were 60 %. Does this mean? Will my gldr be removed

Normal hida scan: A normal gallbladder ejection fraction is more than 50%. It is normal in your case. Unless you have a situs invertus (in this case the liver on the left side instead of the right side) your symptom is probably not related to hepatobiliary disease, as demonstrated by your normal hida scan. It might be related to stomach, spleen or other thoracic problems. ...Read more

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Left back pain where the rib cage ends, also to the side of the body at the same level. What can it be? It hurts when I make pressure no other symptom

Left back pain where the rib cage ends, also to the side of the body at the same level. What can it be? It hurts when I make pressure no other symptom

Back pain: This could be many things - more information would be needed. If there was a strain or lifting - it could be a muscle strain. If fever or cough - could be pneumonia. If fever or symptoms when you pee - could be kidney infection. If a rash around that side of back with blister like lesions it could be shingles. If the pain persists follow up your physician.
Good Luck ...Read more

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Lower left side has had a sharp pain, it's also occurring under my rib cage. Its lasted for maybe about 1 week and a half. Is this normal PMS symptoms?

Lower left side has had a sharp pain, it's also occurring under my rib cage. Its lasted for maybe about 1 week and a half. Is this normal PMS symptoms?

Left sided pain: Not sure why - one classic cause of left lower quadrant abdominal pain is diverticulitis or other inflammatory bowel problem. The pain under the ribs could be muscle strain. Pms cramps tend to be in lower abdomen. We should also consider gyn issues like ovarian cysts. Talk with your doctor about these symptoms and you can go from there. ...Read more

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Could a pain in the rib cage be a symptom of lupus?

Could a pain in the rib cage be a symptom of lupus?

Possibly: Pleurisy or pain on inspiration is a common symptom of lupus. Chest wall tenderness is unlikely to be related. ...Read more

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Sharp Pain below left rib cage back no other symptoms what could be the reason?

Sharp Pain below left rib cage back no other symptoms what could be the reason?

Pain: Well, more history is needed. This can't be easily sorted out without tapping into more detail. Connect with one of our Health Tap Prime providers or seek local care. ...Read more

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Couple times today had nanosecond sharp pain under right rib cage. Went away instantly. No other symptoms. Voodoo doll? (Kidding) possibilities?

Pain under ribs: Well only about 1000 causes so need more information. So think and observe it more and send much more detail on what brings it on, makes it better etc. Which side for example?



Most likely gas. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with IBS is discomfort below both sides of rib cage a symptom of ibs. Not painful just uncomfortable at times?

Perhaps: Ibs can cause bloating or uncomfortable distension, which can be felt beneath the rib cage, but most often the pain or cramps are in the lower left abdomen. Please see your physician to exclude other causes (conditions of the liver, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, etc). Most ibs discomfort is strongly related to passing a bowel movement (gets better afterwards). ...Read more

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Pain on both left and right below my rib cage, no other symptoms! What can it be?

Pain on both left and right below my rib cage, no other symptoms! What can it be?

UGI related: Many organs in the area. Stomach, spleen, pancreas, splenic ; hepatic flexure, gall bladder, liver ; duodenum. C an UGI specialist 4 evaluation. The DX needs exam, history, ; hands on palpation. ...Read more

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Sudden pain below left rib cage. Hurts for a minute, stops hurting for a minute (repeat). No other symptoms.?

Sudden pain below left rib cage. Hurts for a minute, stops hurting for a minute (repeat). No other symptoms.?

Colon gas: Gas can collect in the splenic flexure of the colon which is under the ribs on the left side. What you describe is classic cramping pain associated with gas in the large bowel. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Does this sound like hernia symptoms? Under my left rib cage at night it feels like something is sliding around and a lump is there also.

Does this sound like hernia symptoms? Under my left rib cage at night it feels like something is sliding around and a lump is there also.

Could be: It could be a hernia. If the lump is there all the time then it may be something else. Hernia lumps tend to come out or be more pronounced when there is increased abdominal pressure like when straining to have a bowel movement or when coughing. Have your doctor check it to make sure of the cause of the lump. ...Read more

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I found a lump (size of a golf ball) on my left rib cage. I'm a 16 year old female and have no other symptoms. I'm freaking out, what could it be?

I found a lump (size of a golf ball) on my left rib cage. I'm a 16 year old female and have no other symptoms. I'm freaking out, what could it be?

Hard to say: Exactly what it is without more details and examination. It is best to have yourself examined by your physician to see if you will need blood tests, diagnostic testings or biopsy. Better to know what it is than fear of the unknown! ...Read more

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Ache/pains below left rib cage. Gp felt nothing abnormal. Symptoms still here & making me feel nauseous. Feels like pressure and sometimes like grumbling?

? gas: Below the left rib cage the colon takes a sharp turn and this is a common area for gas entrapment. Drinking hot water and applying a hot water bottle to the area helps break down the gas and helps you pass it. Taking simethicone 1/2 hour after meals prevents gas. Your physician is best to evaluate and advise you about appropriate tests and possible referral to a gastroenterologist if necessary. ...Read more