Doctor insights on: 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
My upper left rib-cage sticks out, I never thought it was a problem until I started feeling a sharp pain there and now have difficulty breathing help?
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 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??
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Since '10, a few times a yr, I get sharp pain ONLY in my right rib cage ONLY when breathing in deeply. Always subsides in a few hrs. Most likely gas?
Took a deep breath and got sharp pain in chest ever since had pain in neck when breathing in and rib cage serious?
Probable pleurisy: Usualky viral. Get a chest x ray ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I have an acutely sharp pain under left rib cage, but closer to where the sternum meets when I breath in, for over 24 hours now, what could it be?
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
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
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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