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I have this persistent sharp stabbing pain under me left rib cage. It is the worst pain I have ever experienced.

I have this persistent sharp stabbing pain under me left rib cage. It is the worst pain I have ever experienced.

Seek urgent help: If the pain is that severe, you need to be evaluated to get a sense if this is a problem with your lung, the surrounding muscles or bones, the spleen or something else. ...Read more

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3-4 times a day I have sharp stabbing pain for few seconds close to end of rib cage about 2-3 inches from center on left side. What could it be?

Plan: Your description as very good. But we still can not make a diagnosis on line because you need clinical evaluation and definitely some tests. Please, go to your doctor. ...Read more

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Had stabbing sharp pain on left side between waist and rib cage. Stabbing pain went away but is still tender to the touch?

Muscular: Tenderness to the touch usually implies injury to rib or muscle. Sometimes a muscle tear or injury can be very uncomfortable. I would recommend trying a few days of an anti inflammatory (ie motrin, advil). ...Read more

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I'm having stabbing pain just below my left rib cage, no other symptoms, no fever, vomiting or fever, just sharp stabbing pain. What could it be?

I'm having stabbing pain just below my left rib cage, no other symptoms, no fever, vomiting or fever, just sharp stabbing pain. What could it be?

Be seen: There are a number of possibilities, and a detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. Because some of the causes could potentially be quite serious. Including pancreatitis, I would encourage you to be seen. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pain under right rib cage (2 days) So bad sometimes it takes my breath away. Hx of bleeding ulcer (3). Is going to er crazy?

I have sharp stabbing pain under right rib cage (2 days) So bad sometimes it takes my breath away. Hx of bleeding ulcer (3). Is going to er crazy?

Not at all.: It is possible that your symptoms are related to your previous ulcer disease, but there could be other possibilities also, which need to be sorted out. If your symptoms are severe, it is completely reasonable to go to the emergency room. See a doctor ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain below rib cage lower left back?

Stabbing pain below rib cage lower left back?

Kidney: There are several diseases that can cause pain in this area. Kidney stones are the first thing that came to mind when I read your question but infection (like shingles) broken rib and mush more need to be considered. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a sharp stabbing pain right in the middle of my rib cage and this isn't the first time should I be worried because I'm only 16?

I've had a sharp stabbing pain right in the middle of my rib cage and this isn't the first time should I be worried because I'm only 16?

Probably not a worry: Brief, non-exertional chest pain is a very commen symptom in teens. It is rarely related to the heart, despite its location. ...Read more

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I have a severe stabbing pain right under my left rib cage, it has been there for about a week, but has become quite unbearable today. What could it b?

I have a severe stabbing pain right under my left rib cage, it has been there for about a week, but has become quite unbearable today. What could it b?

Stomach or colon: You are describing the area of your stomach and colon. Are you having other symptoms like fever, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea? It could be an ulcer or infection. You could try taking some prilosec but if the pain is severe you probably need to see a doctor or go to urgent care today. ...Read more

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Funny feeling (very low stabbing pain) under my left rib cage while eating, what could this be?

LUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain under rib cage left side comes and goes which also catches my breath?

Rib pain: The possible causes include pleurisy, which irritation of the lining of the lungs. It usually resolves on its own with time. Another cause can be intercostal neuralgia, which is irritation of the nerve under the rib. Your pain specialist can help delineate between the possible causes and can help treat the condition. ...Read more

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For 11 days now I have been experiencing extremely painful, stabbing pain which starts on the left rear rib cage and shoots toward my spine.

Some possiblities: Thoracic disc herniation could cause that.
May be we are getting the shingles in the back area.
Some time we have to think about some problem in the chest area.
Go and check it out. ...Read more

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I have a lot of discomfort in my right leg and some stabbing pain under my rib cage on the left side- am I a hypochondriac or is this something bad?

I have a lot of discomfort in my right leg and some stabbing pain under my rib cage on the left side- am I a hypochondriac or is this something bad?

Pain needs to be: Diagnosed by your doctor. If no physical cause is found consider seeing a mental health professional. We can all use that at times simply from a wellness point of view. If you do tend to generate physical symptoms from stress, he/she will help you learn how to cope better. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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For the past few months I've been experiencing sharp stabbing pain on my upper right abdomen in my rib cage. I've been extremely tired and nauseous?

For the past few months I've been experiencing sharp stabbing pain on my upper right abdomen in my rib cage. I've been extremely tired and nauseous?

Need evaluation: It would be worthwhile to see a health care professional, and consider a ultrasound of that area, including your gallbladder. ...Read more

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Weird tightness/pulsing below right rib cage, developed into stabbing pain that sometimes radiates to left arm, back, and/or neck. Feeling of something there where pulsing/pain occurs.

Weird tightness/pulsing below right rib cage, developed into stabbing pain that sometimes radiates to left arm, back, and/or neck. Feeling of something there where pulsing/pain occurs.

Pulsing: Pulsating symptoms are seen with artery movements and an aneurysm. Gall bladder dysfunction is a cause of right upper abdominal discomfort radiating around to the back. Your symptoms are atypical and I recommend an evaluation by a physician who will take a thorough history, perform a physical examination and order any appropriate tests in order to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Burning, stabbing pain behind left breast, in left rib cage, upper left back. Over a week now. Slightly worse when I inhale.

Burning, stabbing pain behind left breast, in left rib cage, upper left back. Over a week now. Slightly worse when I inhale.

Examination: It sounds like rib pain, but you should get an examination for final determination. A Doctor of Osteopathic medicine or Chiropractic medicine can diagnose and treat that condition. ...Read more

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Pain in the spleen area, already have had tests run for pancreatitis and lower and upper endoscopy. Ct's from a couple months ago were nomral. I am experiencing stabbing pain in my left side, just under my rib cage which radiates straight down my abdome

Pain in the spleen area, already have had tests run for pancreatitis and lower and upper endoscopy. Ct's from a couple months ago were nomral. I am experiencing stabbing pain in my left side, just under my rib cage which radiates straight down my abdome

Muscle spasm: Upscale spasm of the abdominal wall (or muscle strain, tear, etc.) can ALS be a cause. Sometimes people will even feel a bulge which sounds like a hernia, but may in fact be the contracting muscle. Usually the area is manually massaged, and there is pain relief after a few minutes. A ct scan should be able to tell the difference, but it is very unlikely to be a hernia in that area. Try aspercreme. ...Read more

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Once or twice a week I get this stabbing pain in my lower rib cage. It only lasts a moment but is extremely painful. What is this?

Once or twice a week I get this stabbing pain in my lower rib cage. It only lasts a moment but is extremely painful. What is this?

Costochondritis: You may be developing an irritation of the cartilage that connects part of the rib cage.

Is it associated with deep breathing? At age 18, I seriously doubt it is cardiac unless you have been diagnosed with a heart condition at an early age, or have significant risk factors such as diabetes, a family predisposition, or significant obesity.

Have your family doc evaluate. ...Read more

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Just below the rib cage and this horrible stabbing pain after meals. What could it be?

Just below the rib cage and this horrible stabbing pain after meals. What could it be?

Most likely: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions. ...Read more

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I have this pain in upper l quadrant under my rib cage and it's a stabbing pain that comes and goes. What is it?

Could Be Stomach: It's worth having this checked by a medical practitioner. Most commonly it is stomach pain related to acid in the stomach or reflux up the swallowing tube. Get it examined. You may need an acid lowering medication or even a look down inside your stomach through a scope. ...Read more

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I am a 50 year old female and have a stabbing pain in between my rib cage it comes and goes and feel a bit nausea and don't feel like eating.

I am a 50 year old female and have a stabbing pain in between my rib cage it comes and goes and feel a bit nausea and don't feel like eating.

Ribcage pain: Pain the feels like stabbing is usually from the thoracic wall. Deeper structures feel like cramping, squeezing type of pain. Any severe pain can cause nausea. What causes this pain? Any pain with coughing, sneezing etc? Any relief with heat or ice? ...Read more

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What might cause a sudden stabbing pain in the back on the right side below rib cage that causes you to arch your back or bend over for relief.?

What might cause a sudden stabbing pain in the back on the right side below rib cage that causes you to arch your back or bend over for relief.?

Kidney stone?: Unless it's a muscular pain, that kind of scenario would make me think of a kidney stone. You may be passing a kidney stone. They can cause exquisite pain. ...Read more

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Intense, stabbing pain, bottom of my rib cage over a 4 hour period, almost feels like really bad heartburn. Went away, now coming back w spasming feel?

See your doctor: Pain at the bottom of your ribs can be from many sources, and certainly, heartburn can be one. However, gallbladder disease and other intestinal problems which often feel like spasms. However, that location can also reflect cardiac pain. Although you're a 30 year old female and that's unlikely, it would be wise to see your doctor in person to explore causes. Especially it's hard to breathe. ...Read more

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After sleeping 6 hours, I get stabbing pain between my shoulder blades along my spine. Inhaling causes rib cage pain (not sick). Is my MS a factor?

After sleeping 6 hours, I get stabbing pain between my shoulder blades along my spine. Inhaling causes rib cage pain (not sick). Is my MS a factor?

Possibilities: Most likely answer involves degenerative disc disease or spondylosis affecting thoracic spine, and even cervical spine. A Lhermitte's phenomenon affecting spinal cord in neck could be occurring, but usually pattern is different. MS pts encounter pain at least 90% frequency, and would be worthwhile to explore with your neurologist. ...Read more

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History of 12 kidney stones severe dehydration now having burning stabbing pain in right flank area below rib cage into back area plz help?

Get CT: With your history of 12 stones & lithotripsy, the pain in your rt. Flank is very likely another stone. Hopefully you have had a metabolic workup including serum sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, creatinine, calcium, uric acid & phosphorus;urine pH. Also 24Hr. Urine for volume, calcium, sodium, citrate, oxalate &uric acid. Meanwhile, for your pain, please call your urologist. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more