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I have extreme skin pain/sensitivity on my left rib cage, at times extending around to my back x 2 mos. There are no visible lesions or redness.

I have extreme skin pain/sensitivity on my left rib cage, at times extending around to my back x 2 mos. There are no visible lesions or redness.

PHN: Is this the place you had Shingle? If it is Unilateral ( only on one side of the back) most likely Post Herpetic Neuralgia. Can be treated with Topical Capsaicin (OTC) by mouth Antiinflammatory like Advil and Aleve (naproxen). Rx strength Lidocaine Patch may help and in worse case you may need Stronger pain medicine. ...Read more

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Tenderness my left under my rib cage?

Tenderness  my left under my rib cage?

Depends: Could be muscle, rib irritation, lungs, or abdominal problems. I would try tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti inflammatories, rest and monitor. Maybe heat. See what makes symptoms worse and better. Even if associated with eating. Then see doc if no improvement. ...Read more

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Tenderness and burning under left rib cage?

Tenderness and burning under left rib cage?

Hard to tell: It is difficult to be specific diagnostically when the symptoms are so vague. This could be many different things including musical skeletal, splenic, GI or skin (Shingles). Need more history and perhaps examination to tell but probably not cardiac. I'd recommend a HealthTap video consultation where the history could be augmented or see your primary health care provider for this. ...Read more

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Tender on right side when dr presses down under rib cage, tender on left side when dr press down . What could this tenderness be?

Tender on right side when dr presses down under rib cage,  tender on left side when dr press down . What could this tenderness be?

Different causes: Tenderness in the upper abdomen may be due to gall bladder problems, gastritis, peptic ulcer. Pancreatitis or gas entrapment. Your physician who knows your symptoms and test results is the best one to diagnose and advise you. ...Read more

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Feeling of pressure/tenderness under right rib cage closer to diaphragm. Notice it more when sitting down, like something is pushing against the ribs?

Feeling of pressure/tenderness under right rib cage closer to diaphragm. Notice it more when sitting down, like something is pushing against the ribs?

Gall bladder?: Pain under the right ribs is usually gall bladder or liver. Does eating seem to worsen the pain at all? Certain types of foods make it worse? Any reason to suspect enlarged liver such as obesity or heavy alcohol use? I would see your doctor for a check on this ...Read more

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Hi, I have swelling/tenderness on the right side of my abdomen underneath the rib cage. It hurts when I press on the area and showed up out of the blu?

Hi, I have swelling/tenderness on the right side of my abdomen underneath the rib cage. It hurts when I press on the area and showed up out of the blu?

Need exam: In your age group (21), the first 3 diagnoses I'd consider would be: infectious mononucleosis, cholecystitis, and hepatitis. It may be less serious, but those are the serious causes to be considered and ruled out. Blood work can likely sort it out. Good luck with it. ...Read more

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