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Doctor insights on: Sharp Pain Under Left Rib Cage When Breathing

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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What makes sporadic sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing?

What makes sporadic sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain under my chest, left rib cage, its discomfort, feels warm and hurts more when breathing deep and turning and lying on that side???

I have sharp pain under my chest, left rib cage, its discomfort, feels warm and hurts more when breathing deep and turning and lying on that side???

Chest pains: There are many possible causes for a chest pains like lung problems, muscle pain and gastrointestinal problems. Regardless, chest pain with shoulders pains, is always a red flag and visit to a PCP and cardiologist is warranted. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain under my left chest by the rib cage, it hurts bad when moving and breathing I can feel it warm, it happen after a nap??

I have a sharp pain under my left chest by the rib cage, it hurts bad when moving and breathing I can feel it warm, it happen after a nap??

See a doctor: There is a long list of things that could cause such pain and discomfort in a young man it could be ribs and cartilage inflammation could be muscle spasm it could be from the lung the best thing is to see a doctor that could examined you assured you or treat you good luck ...Read more

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What could be causing sharp pain in the center rib cage when breathing in deeply?

What could be causing sharp pain in the center rib cage when breathing in deeply?

Lots of things: Most chest pain of the sort you describe comes either from the chest wall (ribs, sternum) or the lining of the lungs (the pleura). The lungs have no pain sensory nerves, and therefore (in spite of how often we hear of it) its never accurate to state that your "lungs hurt". Sore muscles can also cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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Sharp pain while breathing in. . . Something wrong in the rib cage?

Sharp pain while breathing in. . . Something wrong in the rib cage?

Most likely in chest: You may have a problem with your lungs such as pneumonia, or irritation of the coverig of the lungs which is called pleurisy. If you didn't have trauma to your rib cage, it most likely is not bone related. You should see a physician to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Very sharp pain in upper right rib cage when deep breathing. Dangerous?

Very sharp pain in upper right rib cage when deep breathing. Dangerous?

May be or not: Any severe pain warrants examination by a health care providers. It may be just rib pain or from lungs or liver/gall bladder.If this persists, I would like you to go see a doc. ...Read more

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Sharp pain that is sudden, comes and goes, under right rib cage, and sometimes around right breast. Causes trouble breathing. What can this be?

Sharp pain that is sudden, comes and goes, under right rib cage, and sometimes around right breast. Causes trouble breathing. What can this be?

Pleurisy: You're describing pleurisy. Since you take birth control pills, an unlikely but serious cause is a blood clot in your lung. The more likely cause is viral infection or even just muscular strain. But if this is new and because of the above, you need to be checked out to be sure it's not serious. ...Read more

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I occasionally have bouts of throbbing/sharp pain under left rib cage, subsiding w/ time. What on earth could this mean? For about 4 years. Serious?

See a physician: Anything that's been going on for that long really should be evaluated by a physician - that is the only way to really assess if it's serious. Diagnostic possibilities include a thoracic radiculopathy, intra-abdominal pathology (i.e. Spleen, kidney), trigger point, etc. ...Read more

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Quick sharp pain under left rib cage. Is this gas?

Quick sharp pain under left rib cage. Is this gas?

Lots of stuff there: On the left side are the stomach, spleen, diaphragm (muscle for breathing), ribs, a part of the colon (large intestine), the tail end of the pancreas, etc... Pain can be from the ribs and their cartilage, a swollen spleen, stomach acidity/gastritis/reflux, muscle strains in the abdominal muscles or diaphragm, excess stool or gas in the colon, pancreatitis, a cancerous tumor, etc.... ...Read more

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I just had a sudden sharp pain under left rib cage, brought me to my knees! Broke out in a sweat & tensed up. Then pain moved to the center.

How many days-pain?: Does the pain come and go or constant, is it gone or still there, how many days you had it. DPossible causes id it go to back. WAs it associated with nausea/vomiting/excessive gas /constipation/diarrhoea. Any fever/chills. Any lightheadedness, sweating etc. Need to r/o gas colic, pancreatitis pain, gastritis pain, spleen related pain, left adrenal gland haemorrhage pain, radiculopathy from nerve compr ...Read more

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Have a very sharp pain under left rib cage going through to a throbbing back ache?

Chest?: It is difficult to tell what is exactly the problem without knowing what other symptoms you are having. Is there shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sweating? If so then you need to go to the ed in order to rule out any cardiac issues. Other possibilities are abdominal problems which cover a number of issues. Also muscular and rib inflammation which carries no danger to life. Get checked asap. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain under left breast in rib cage. It also is sore when I press down about 2 inches to the right under my nipple. Could it be gas?

I have a sharp pain under left breast in rib cage. It also is sore when I press down about 2 inches to the right under my nipple. Could it be gas?

DDx: What is the differential diagnosis (DDx) of chest wall pain? First thing anyone in an ER would want to rule out is heart ischemia or pulmonary embolism (PE) or aortic dissection. I think those are highly unlikely. Most likely includes pleurisy (inflammation of the lung lining), costochondritis (connective tissue inflammation), fractured rib (from trauma including cough). Also breast cancer or cyst ...Read more

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Sharp pain left side lower rib cage?

Need tests to treat: If pain is sharp, need to find thecause by exam and tests to find the cause, please see your doctor, or go to nearest er. ...Read more

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What could be causing sharp pain under my left rib cage?

Hard to know: Left upper quadrant pain often poses difficulty in diagnosis. Things that live there are the kidney and tubes from the kidney, the spleen and the bowel. The ribs themselves can be a problem as could pneumonia. If not immediately relieve with otc pain meds, simple dietary changes and GI meds, then seek care soon. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sharp pain inder my left rib cage?

What to do if I have a sharp pain inder my left rib cage?

Try stretching: To see if this helps or hurts. Raising your arms over head while back is arched will open spaces and if it is a muscle injury, will reproduce pain. If not, may be intercostal neuritis. If it is, there are injections that can calm this down. Either way, if it continues, consider seeing a physician for treatment plan. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Why am I getting sharp pain under my left rib cage!? What's causing it!?

Why am I getting sharp pain under my left rib cage!? What's causing it!?

Muscle pain?: It could be a muscle pain or a bruise after small trauma. Did you injure yourself? There are other causes for a sharp pain in the area, but you likely need to be examined if it persists. ...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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I woke up with a sharp pain under my left rib cage. It went away for one day and when I was taking a shower I bent over and pain came back?

I woke up with a sharp pain under my left rib cage. It went away for one day and when I was taking a shower I bent over and pain came back?

Pain under rib cage: Pain under rib cage can be due to many factors. What is your age? Where exactly is the pain. Consult with us to help you better. If you are older than 65, we worry about angina or heart attack depending on your medical health/history. If you are young, the most common causes are: GI issues/gas, musculoskeletal pain, infection/pneumonia, heart issues, referred pain from another source. ...Read more

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My husband was trying to turn off the shower nob. He said that he has a sharp pain on his left side underneath his rib cage. It seems it has collapse?

My husband was trying to turn off the shower nob. He said that he has a sharp pain on his left side underneath his rib cage. It seems it has collapse?

Pain under rib cage: Has the pain persisted? How long? Is he short of breath? Is there pain on pressing the area? Could be muscular strain, for which advil (ibuprofen) may help or gas or could be cardiac or rarely could be collapsed lung (if short of breath) Since he is 39, male, left sided chest pain go to ER now ...Read more

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When I exhale I get a sharp pain on the left rib cage what can this be?

When I exhale I get a sharp pain on the left rib cage what can this be?

Pain from rib cage: Osteochonritis:
the rib is not bony all the way it attac to the sternum by mens of cartilage, a lot of time that cunction get inflamed and cause the pain, off and on. Some time could acute and some time turn to chrnic conditon. I t happen with people who suffer from asmtha, wieght leffting and other cause. Be carefull some time pain in that area could be heart problems? ...Read more

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My son felt a sharp pain in the left rib cage and it lasted for a few min but then it was gone.

My son felt a sharp pain in the left rib cage and it lasted for a few min but then it was gone.

See below: Your son may have strained a muscle earlier and had a acute exacerbation. Children are sometimes over exaggerate their symptoms. If he is not having any acute shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or irregular heartbeat I would watch it for now. As you said it has resolved now I would watch it. If this reoccurs I would take him to his pediatrician good luck thank you. ...Read more