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Pain and skin sensitive just under right ribs. Slowly spreading. Should I see a doctor?

Pain and skin sensitive just under right ribs. Slowly spreading. Should I see a doctor?

Shingles: Sounds like you have the prodrome of shingles or perhaps just a musculoskeletal strain. Should you break out with a rash like little water blisters on a reddish base - see your doc same day so you can be treated. ...Read more

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I noticed a patch of skin on my ribs was sensitive to touch. This patch expanded to be half my abdomen and the touch of my shirt is unbearable. Ideas?

I noticed a patch of skin on my ribs was sensitive to touch. This patch expanded to be half my abdomen and the touch of my shirt is unbearable. Ideas?

Allodynia: It sounds like you're describing allodynia, a type of neuropathic pain. Whereas neuropathic pain is often described as numb & tingly, icy cold or burning hot, or even electrical shock-like, allodynia encompasses pain whereby it shouldn't hurt, such as touch of shirt as you've described. This is unfortunately common after shingles. Check http://goo.gl/Cas50Z then see your Family Doc for evaluation ...Read more

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Left back pain, sensitive to touch & also rib pain with sensitivity, sensitivity under ribs & stomach numbness in left side of body.What could be wrong?

Left back pain, sensitive to touch & also rib pain with sensitivity, sensitivity under ribs & stomach numbness in left side of body.What could be wrong?

Many things, but...: A left kidney infection is possible if your symptoms are associated with fever or urinary symptoms. A kidney stone is another possibility and pain would be colicky. Intercostal neuralgias and shingles could cause symptoms more similar to what you describe. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a pain on your left side below your ribs and the pain goes to your back on the same side? Now sensitive to touch.

Shingles.: The most likely diagnosis is shingles, which can occur without the typical rash (or the rash may develop later). Shingles is the adult version of chickenpox, caused by the same virus. Your doctor or a dermatologist can prescribe an antiviral (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) which will shorten the course considerably, but the sooner you start treatment the better it will work. ...Read more

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I am having horrible rib pain on my left side. It's sensitive to touch & move. It pops whenever i breathe out. Have any suggestions?

I am having horrible rib pain on my left side. It's sensitive to touch & move. It pops whenever i breathe out. Have any suggestions?

Costo-chondritis: You may have costo-chondritis. The ribs come together at the end and join with a cartilage joint. Sometimes this joint is pulled apart or injured. It pops and is painful. Treat with anti- inflammatories and or cortisone injections. Rest is good too. ...Read more

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Sudden burning/ sharp sensation in ribs on right side. Radiates through to back. Comes and goes. Very sensitive when the area is touched?

Sudden burning/ sharp sensation in ribs on right side. Radiates through to back. Comes and goes. Very sensitive when the area is touched?

Hard to say.: If the skin is sensitive, shingles comes to mind. Is there a rash forming in that area? If not, has there been any recent trauma to the area? Are you short of breath? Are you having any palpitations? You may need an actual evaluation by your doctor to really see what's going on here. ...Read more

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Im having pain on my rite side. Its sharp just below my ribs above my hip. Skin is sensitive to the touch?

Right Sided Pain: Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of right lower quadrant pain. Other causes include ovarian cysts, kidney stones, and intestinal obstruction. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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