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Right side rib pain for 8 months goes into my right shoulder blade i have had 8 clear xrays in past 3 months

Right side rib pain for 8 months goes into my right shoulder blade i have had 8 clear xrays in past 3 months

Gallbladder/ Ulcer?: The symptoms here are vague. This type of symptom could arise from different things. Simple muscle cramps would be relieved with conditioning, stretch and better breathing. My first thought is something gastrointestinal like an irritated gallbladder or an ulcer in the small intestine - but not my specialty so I'd suggest consulting an internist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Imad Khreim
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Chest Wall Pain (Definition)

Chest wall pain is a type of non-cardiac pain that usually describes pain that is reproducible by palpation. It can be costochondritis, muscle pain or potentially pleurisy (which ...Read more


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What cause right side rib pain?

What cause right side rib pain?

Several possibilitie: Trauma, bruise, exercise, coughing, stress fracture, costochondritis, can all cause pain that should get better over several weeks. Shingles, other infections, and rheumatic diseases can cause pain that may be more chronic. Ask your provider. Rib films are rarely helpful. Cancer and myeloma can cause pain of course, but you would probably already know. There are other benign bone tumors etc. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has right side rib pain for 4 days now. What should he do?

My boyfriend has right side rib pain for 4 days now.  What should he do?

See a doctor: Or use HealthTap Prime. In either case, 4 days of rib pain sounds excessive. Was he in a car accident? Did the pain start spontaneously? Does the pain worsen when breathing in or breathing out? There are many questions to answer, & possibly an X-ray to obtain, b4 you get a diagnosis, which is the 1st step. Rib pain is notoriously hard to treat, so a pain specialist may ultimately be needed. ...Read more

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I have been having sharp coccyx pain, low back, hip and some right sided rib pain. Any ideas?

Hard to say: There are quite a few causes of low back, hip and rib pain - from degenerative disk disease to bone conditions, to arthritis, to trauma/injury, to pain coming from the uterus or ovaries, or shingles. If the pain is significant or ongoing, you see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes right-sided rib pain with shortness of breath with little movement of the chest wall?

What causes right-sided rib pain with shortness of breath with little movement of the chest wall?

Right rib pain: Many things can cause right rib pain with shortness of breath, such as pneumonia or other causes of infection/inflammation; lung, mediastinal or rib tumors, pulmonary artery embolus (life-threatening), rib fracture or focal trauma. I recommend a visit to your doctor or to the ER. ...Read more

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Upper right side rib pain (under arm) worse when moving or breathing, took a new exercise class on Friday using upper body movement, ?

Upper right side rib pain (under arm) worse when moving or breathing, took a new exercise class on Friday using upper body movement, ?

Rib pain: It is possible the pain may be related to the exercise class, particularly if the muscle is tender to the touch. If that is the case an ice pack and rest will help you. If the pain is persistent, gets worse or causes shortness of breath you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Right side rib pain radiating to chest over a month. Cannot sleep on right side xray showed calcified cartilage in ribs? I have hashimotos

Right side rib pain radiating to chest over a month. Cannot sleep on right side  xray showed  calcified cartilage in ribs? I have hashimotos

Costochondritis?: Costochondritis is an inflammation of one or more of the joints that connect the ribs to the breast bone. The pain tends to radiate along the nerve(s) that travel with the rib(s). It can be tender to the touch and painful with movement of the arm or compression & expansion of the chest wall. It's usually treated with anti-inflammatories, ice and relative rest. It's NOT caused by Hashimoto's. ...Read more

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Right side/rib pain down into pelvis with a foul smell what could it be already check for a yeast infection but not it. Pain level is 7?

Right side/rib pain down into pelvis with a foul smell what could it be already check for a yeast infection but not it. Pain level is 7?

Maybe urinary tract: May be a complex urinary tract infection. If a bladder infection (a "lower" uti) works its way upstream, could infect the actual kidney, which can give pain in the flank distribution, also systemic symptoms. An upper urinary tract infection is called a pyelonephritis, and can be serious. Kidney stone can cause pain, but wouldn't commonly have smells. Would recommend further medical evaluation. ...Read more

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My mother had abdominal myomectomy last week. However, she is now suffering intesely from right side rib pain that extends to her back ?

My mother had abdominal myomectomy last week. However, she is now suffering intesely from right side rib pain that extends to her back
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See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing her doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, her doctor should be able to tell her what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Nausea. Forced vomiting for 2 day w/no luck. Now right chest pain when deep inhale and right side rib pain. Direct cause? Why only pain right side?

Nausea. Forced vomiting for 2 day w/no luck. Now right chest pain when deep inhale and right side rib pain. Direct cause? Why only pain right side?

Pulled muscle...: Voluntarily induction of vomiting is never recommended and it sounds like you injured a muscle or connective tissue on the right side of your chest. Try taking an analgesic. If symptoms persist then see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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34 weeks pregnant & having right side rib pain, When I sit or lay down or walk or move it hurts! Why is this?

Rib pain 34 wks: If you do not have a cough or cold or other respiratory infection, your rib pain may be caused by the growing uterus. AS the baby grows the uterus enlarges and pushes up against the muscles in your chest wall. All of the ligaments at the ends of the muscle relax a bit during pregnancy allowing the abdomen and chest to accommodate a growing baby. Check with your medical provider about this. ...Read more

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Went to dr for right sided lower rib pain. Dr did ekg. Machine showed abnormalities but Dr said it read perfect. Does machine show false stuff often?

Went to dr for right sided lower rib pain. Dr did ekg. Machine showed abnormalities but Dr said it read perfect.  Does machine show false stuff often?

It could...: There are times that the EKG computer system fails to give an accurate reading. That's why it is important that the doctor reviews the results. If there is any doubt and you are still experiencing chest pains then discuss it with him/her. Maybe other tests might be needed or a Cardiology consult as well. ...Read more

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My right side rib cage pain is burning and aching can it possibly be ucler or liver issue?

My right side rib cage pain is burning and aching can it possibly be ucler or liver issue?

Yes: there are many potential causes, and i would encourage you to be seen; but you are right, the liver is in the right upper quadrant and can cause pain in the area, as can ulcer disease. Many other potential causes such as pleurisy, pneumonia, gall stones, costochondriitis, etc. an exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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When do I call my doctor about right sided rib cage pain? Is a very sharp pain thy only happens when i breath deeply.

If pain is getting -: Worse then you should see your pcp for an examination, chest xrays, labs, maybe a ct scan, depending on what the pcp finds. Possibilities include rib fx, infection, pul embolus, strained muscles; as all these result in increasing pain with deep breathing. See him sooner than later, to avoid any serious problems with delaying to see him. ...Read more

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Can i take iburprofen for right side rib cage pain? and what can it be i had x rays and everything looks normal doctor said.

"Pleurodynia": A very fancy sounding medical name for pain in the rib cage usually made worse with breathing and usually due to a harmless viral illness. Another cause may be a simple "pull" of the intercostal (muscles between our ribs which help us breathe. You can take ibuprofen for both of these reasons. As long as your chest xray is negative NOT TO WORRY! ...Read more

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Light colored, loose and chunky stools along with lower right side rib cage pain after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago. Normal?

Light colored, loose and chunky stools along with lower right side rib cage pain after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago.  Normal?

Yes: Your stools may take time to adjust to a new normal after gallbladder surgery, as you no longer have the bile salts being secreted into the intestine to assist with digestion. As for the R-sided rib pain in the area of the surgery, it is not uncommon to have some residual soreness from the procedure itself. If redness, fever, distention in setting of the soreness would prompt more urgent check-up. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

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