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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
30 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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?

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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
10 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Stephen Southard
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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.

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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Richard Humes
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
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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?

Dr. Richard Humes
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
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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?

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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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Board Certified, Pain Management
24 years in practice
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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 ?

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Board Certified, Pain Management
24 years in practice
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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 ?

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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Have very bad pain in stomach, chest under rib cage and in back just under shoulder blades pain coming in spasms of sharp stabbing pain.bloated and have only passed a very very small stool in the last 5 days is it possable that this is all down to constip

Dr. John Chiu
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Have very bad pain in stomach, chest under rib cage and in back just under shoulder blades pain coming in spasms of sharp stabbing pain.bloated and have only passed a very very small stool in the last 5 days is it possable that this is all down to constip

Possible but: If you are having all these symptoms for over 5 days, you need medical help even if it is simply from constipation (unlikely to resolve by itself). However there may be more serious issues involved and thus you need to seek medical attention now. If your doctor can't see you within the next 2 days, go to the ER ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Had a sharp stabbing pain on the left side toward the back between the waist and rib cage (stabbing subsided) butvery tender to the touch?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Had a sharp stabbing pain on the left side toward the back between the waist and rib cage (stabbing subsided) butvery tender to the touch?

See below: It could be a muscle spasm, kidney stone, gas, etc. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
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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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Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
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Sharp pain through rib cage straight into back. Stabbing pain, hurts to swallow. Going on for a half hour almost.?

Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Sharp pain through rib cage straight into back. Stabbing pain, hurts to swallow. Going on for a half hour almost.?

Sharp pain: I agree with dr butkovich. Also consider cardiac pain, pleuritis, aneurysmal pain. Get it checked asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
24 years in practice
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Im 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?

Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
24 years in practice
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Im 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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Dr. Mark Rasak
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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I have sharp stabbing pain that comes and goes on my left side just below rib cage for over a week now feel dizzy and short of breath and weak?

Dr. Mark Rasak
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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I have sharp stabbing pain that comes and goes on my left side just below rib cage for over a week now feel dizzy and short of breath and weak?

Not typical: Not typicalof angina. Your young for that. But plueritic chest pain can be from an infection or other serious issues. See your dr for full workup. ...Read more

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