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Doctor insights on: Rib Cage Tumor Symptoms

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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I have a hard bump on my rib cage I don't know if its a tumor because I have been having that bump seens I can remember but lately its been hurting?

I have a hard bump on my rib cage I don't know if its a tumor because I have been having that bump seens I can remember but lately its been hurting?

More info: Is it as hard as the bone? Does it move above the bone or is it fixed to the rib? How long has it been there? There is more info that is needed. You should have an MD take a look. Most things that you would feel would be benign (NOT cancer) but it is hard to know without a biopsy. ...Read more

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How long can bone tumor in rib cage stay undetected.

How long can bone tumor in rib cage stay undetected.

Short time.: If lesion is benign such as bone cyst or benign cartilage tumor it may be unrecognized for many months. If malignant, the lesion will expand and produce pressure on rib periosteum which can cause significant pain, especially if it is metastatic. ...Read more

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Can a tumor on the rib cage in the back cause a referred pain in the abdomen on the same side?

Can a tumor on the rib cage in the back cause a referred pain in the abdomen on the same side?

Could: A tumor in a rib will refer 2 the front on the same side, ; if an upper rib it refers low on the rib cage ; u interpret it as upper abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I feel something hard under my right rib cage when I lie flat. Feels big like an organ or possibly a bone, not round like a tumor. Gallbladder? Rib?

I feel something hard under my right rib cage when I lie flat. Feels big like an organ or possibly a bone, not round like a tumor. Gallbladder? Rib?

Maybe Liver: Liver may be palpable in very thin normal subjects with the edge of the liver just below the costal margin. It is soft and smooth and may be slightly tender.
Note that on inspiration the liver moves down in the abdomen, and this may assist you in feeling the liver edge especially when the liver is enlarged. Sometimes the lower pole of the right kidney is just felt in normal subjects. ...Read more

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I'm afraid I may have a strange tumor or something. Pain under rib cage, right side. Bloated and constipated all the time?

I'm afraid I may have a strange tumor or something. Pain under rib cage, right side. Bloated and constipated all the time?

Or maybe not: Pain under the right rib cage with bloating may often result from gall bladder disease. See your primary doctor or a general surgeon who may start with and ultrasound study and if positive, recommend surgery. ...Read more

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I have pressure in my left rib cage and pain in my back, I was diagnosised with anxiety and im convinced I have everything that can be wrong is this pressure from my anxiety or do I have a tumor? And my left ribs stick out.

I have pressure in my left rib cage and pain in my back, I was diagnosised with anxiety and im convinced I have everything that can be wrong is this pressure from my anxiety or do I have a tumor? And my left ribs stick out.

If sxs r new see PCP: If your back pain, rib cage pain and your ribs sticking out are all a recent occurrence, see your primary care physician (pcp) for an evaluation to determine the cause of this. However, anxiety can present with a lot of aches and pain especially if there is constant worry. ...Read more

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Have sharp pains at rib cage and behind left breast. Have a benign tumor in same spot on rib cage. Could this b the cause?

Have sharp pains at rib cage and behind left breast. Have a benign tumor in same spot on rib cage. Could this b the cause?

Find out more: You need to find out more about the benign tumor that you have mentioned on the rib cage. Your doctor should be bale to guide you further, both in terms of pain control and resolve or remove the so called benign tumor if this lesion is felt to be the cause of your pains. ...Read more

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Will a benign fatty tumor compounded by scoliosis near left rib cage show up on a chest ct scan? Feels like when I turn it wants to lock up on me.

Will a benign fatty tumor compounded by scoliosis near left rib cage show up on a chest ct scan? Feels like when I turn it wants to lock up on me.

Possibly: Ct scan could potentially show a lipoma, but it does not show soft tissues in the spine real well. A better test that readily demonstrates soft tissue structures is an MRI. ...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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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?

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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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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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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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

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Squeezing pain under right rib cage, also felt between shoulder blades. Ultrasound - no gallstones. PH test shows reflux. Reflux causing symptoms?

Squeezing pain under right rib cage, also felt between shoulder blades. Ultrasound - no gallstones. PH test shows reflux. Reflux causing symptoms?

Sounds like it: It sounds like it. I recommend you work with an integrative medicine doctor or functional medicine doctor to find the root cause (s) of your reflux. In the meantime, I recommend you try an elimination diet. At least stop gluten and dairy for a month and see if your symptoms improve. ...Read more

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What are some causes for symptoms of itchy lungs/rib cage sensation on the inside?? Not external : (I noticed that it only happens when I have the flu

What are some causes for symptoms of itchy lungs/rib cage sensation on the inside?? Not external : (I noticed that it only happens when I have the flu

Allergies/reaction: This sensation of itchiness can be caused by allergies. If it is only happening when you have the flu then it is probably caused by your bodies reaction to the infection. When we get infected our immune system sends out cells that release substances to rid us of the infection. Sometimes these substances cause inflammation and itchiness as part of the healing process. ...Read more

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Burning feeling upper stomach directly below rib cage. No other symptoms. Ulcer perhaps?

Burning feeling upper stomach directly below rib cage. No other symptoms. Ulcer perhaps?

Pain: Ulcer presentation is usually more than just pain - indigestion, nausea, heartburn, pain with relation to food ingestion. Although, if you are taking Ibuprofen and other nsaids, the chance of ulcer is definitely higher. Stop those. Try zantac (ranitidine) or priosec, see if it helps. ...Read more