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Abdominal Obesity (Definition)

Abdominal obesity is also known as central obesity or central adiposity. It occurs when there is excess fat around the abdomen/ abdominal organs and has been ...Read more


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Hi. I can feel a small (pea sized) movable lump inside the belly fat at my left abdomen, just under my rib cage. What could it be?

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Hi. I can feel a small (pea sized) movable lump inside the belly fat at my left abdomen, just under my rib cage. What could it be?

Lipoma: Often times these are lipomas, which are simply benign masses of fatty tissue. Very rarely do these cause any problems - in rare cases, there may be persistent surrounding inflammation which leads a patient to ask for removal of the lipoma. As with any lesion, if there is significant increase in size, or significant pain, redness, discoloration, or any other concerning sign, do see a physician. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex. My left rib cage and abdomen are sore. Been eating a lot more. Tired. What does this mean?

Had unprotected sex. My left rib cage and abdomen are sore. Been eating a lot more. Tired. What does this mean?

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Schedule a visit to evaluate your rib pain. ...Read more

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I have, sore in middle upper abdomen to the right side under my rib cage, always wake at night and sweat of pain. Been feeling this but worse before they took out my gall bladder in 2008, before the surgery all test came out normal and now 70 % of the sym

SOD: Sphincter of oddi dysfunction. That is the muscle controls the duct which empties bile from the liver into the intestine. If the gallbladder was removed for biliary dyskinesia, dysfunction of gallbladder, and it is not resolved than that is likely what you have. See a gastroenterologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Bloated stomach, soreness rib cage, high pressure, occasional itching, tiredness. What is going on? How would you diagnosis?

Bloated stomach, soreness rib cage, high pressure, occasional itching, tiredness. What is going on? How would you diagnosis?

Well: Your symptoms are very vague and nondescript and important to find a diagnosis and treatment. This could be anything from irritable bowel to or inflammatory bowel diseasecancer to fecal impaction are. Consult primary care physician probably for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Lower abdomen tender and when I lay flat and press it's tender makes gurgling noises and hurts worse right side below right rib cage no appendix?

Lower abdomen tender and when I lay flat and press it's tender makes gurgling noises and hurts worse right side below right rib cage no appendix?

Bad gallbladder: Fever, vomiting, pain in belly, usually right sided, bloating, belching, worse after eating fatty (or other) foods, getting worse over time, several weeks to months, and family history are all symptoms of a bad gallbladder. Hydrate, avoid fatty foods while waiting for your doc visit, diagnostic testing, and/or surgery date. Take a friend with you to appointments. Be well. ...Read more

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I'm 30. No alcohol. Pain in middle right side of abdomen, tucked under rib cage. When I bend into that side it feels like rib pokes tender area. Cause?

I'm 30. No alcohol. Pain in middle right side of abdomen, tucked under rib cage. When I bend into that side it feels like rib pokes tender area. Cause?

Get checked out: Right side of your abdomen under rib cage is where your liver and gall bladder live. A good doc can examine your liver to see if it's tender. A blood test can reveal irritation to the liver cells or gall bladder.
If organs are ok, Structurally, there can be dysfunction of the tissue/nerve/bone system in that area--an osteopath or PT or good yoga session might help. ...Read more

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Woke up with severe pain under my rib cage and lower abdomen and is very tender to the touch. It hurts to do anything but sit still. What could it be?

Woke up with severe pain under my rib cage and lower abdomen and is very tender to the touch. It hurts to do anything but sit still. What could it be?

Pain under the rib: Cage and lower abdomen should be thoroughly evaluated. Please see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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A lump has formed under the skin, upper abdomen, below breast bone, between the lower rib cage. Slightly tender to the touch. Weight lose of 20lbs?

A lump has formed under the skin, upper abdomen, below breast bone, between the lower rib cage. Slightly tender to the touch. Weight lose of 20lbs?

Xiphoid: There is a structure of cartilage there, and hernias can develop there.
Suspect weight loss has allowed you to feel the xiphoid bone better.
Easy for your pcp to determine. ...Read more

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Pain across upper abdomen, heavy burping and gas, bloating, pain shoulder blade, tender under right rib cage and had gall bladder removed year ago.

See you MD: You need to get a complete history and physical, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging as well as possible endoscopy to evaluate the source of your distress. Perhaps dietary restrictions may be at fault but other more serious causes should be excluded first such as pancreatitis, malabsorption, hepatitis, and/tumors. ...Read more

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Hi I had a lipoma removed yesterday the size of a fist on my rib cage and now my stomach area feels bloated and tender is this normal?

Hi I had a lipoma removed yesterday the size of a fist on my rib cage and now my stomach area feels bloated and tender is this normal?

Sweeling: It is common to have sweeling in the area of the surgery. It may cause irritation to other organs in that area including the stomach.
Have your doctor evaluate you to make sure no other reasons are causing it such as medications for example. ...Read more

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Dull ache in the LUQ of my abdomen near rib cage, occurs at random, sucking in feeling over spot when I lay down.?

Dull ache in the LUQ of my abdomen near rib cage, occurs at random, sucking in feeling over spot when I lay down.?

Abdominal ache: You are describing the area over your spleen. Ask your doc to examine you carefully. There are myriad causes for an enlarged spleen, unfortunately none of them good. Get it checked out soon! ...Read more

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For the last couple of weeks I have a discomfort/dull ache in my right abdomen - usually lower however can fell as if under rib cage. What could it be?

For the last couple of weeks I have a discomfort/dull ache in my right abdomen - usually lower however can fell as if under rib cage. What could it be?

See doctor: Unfortunately there are several things that can cause this and so it is impossible to help with a question like this on these forums. See your doctor for further eval. ...Read more

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I have pains in upper abdomen right at top of rib cage, also back ache?

Epigastric pain: This area can be the result of stomach issues like ulcer disease, possibly gallbladder issues or other upper abdomen diagnoses. See your primary doctor. He/she will want to know if the pain is related to eating (better or worse), if you significant amounts of alcohol or what the pain is. Is it burning, sharp, does it migrate, how long has the discomfort been going on, etc. See your doctor! ...Read more

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Dull pain left below rib cage next to belly button dull ache 2 weeks comes and goes when upright. Ideas? 36 healthy female.

Dull pain left below rib cage next to belly button dull ache 2 weeks comes and goes when upright. Ideas? 36 healthy female.

This could be...: Many things. Including a pulled muscle or pain deeper in the abdomen. You may be able to tell if it is shallow pain (somatic) if you "push" out your belly several inches, then "suck" it in. If this causes local pain or if tender to touch, pain is likely a muscle and not worrisome. Pain around belly button could be adenitis (inflammed lymph node from recent infection) and should improve. Get good exam. ...Read more

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I have what feels like a fatty lump that moves easily under my skin on the right side of my abdomen (just under rib cage). Lipoma? Fat deposit?

I have what feels like a fatty lump that moves easily under my skin on the right side of my abdomen (just under rib cage). Lipoma? Fat deposit?

Surely: Surely you know we can't answer your question without an examination. What you describe as a fatty lump may be something else entirely. Please see your GP for a definitive answer. ...Read more

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2mos off/on dull intermittent ache bottom of left rib cage almost on top of stomach. Feels muscular but can also feel acidic in tummy. Any idea?

2mos off/on dull intermittent ache bottom of left rib cage almost on top of stomach. Feels muscular but can also feel acidic in tummy. Any idea?

See your doctor: As you mentioned that you may have increased 'acid in your tummy', this may mean or point toward some form of hyperacidity issue occurring in your stomach that needs to be worked up. So that should be the first place to start. Also, it's important to not eat close to bedtime, reduce any form of acidic or tomato-based products, processed foods, fried foods, sodas, sugary desserts or carbs. ...Read more

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Intermittent ache under rib cage. Stomach ache after eating. For few weeks. What could be the cause? Scared of pancreatic cancer!!

Intermittent ache under rib cage. Stomach ache after eating. For few weeks. What could be the cause? Scared of pancreatic cancer!!

Too young for cancer: You should consult your doctor if the pain does not go away in 2 weeks. Pancreatic Cancer is not the likely cause in your case as it is extremely rare under the age of 40 years. ...Read more

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Why is my left rib cage sore and swollen?

Why is my left rib cage sore and swollen?

Muscle vs bone: Could be muscle (intercostal) vs internal organ... If persistent, probably need to see primary care doctor for work up. ...Read more

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Soreness in back (mid rib cage area). Worse with bending and taking a deep breath. Feels irritated.?

Soreness in back (mid rib cage area). Worse with bending and taking a deep breath. Feels irritated.?

Thoracic spine: Muscles on either side of the spine itself can be strained the same way the muscles of the lower (lumbr) spine can be strained/sprained. These are called the "paraverterbral muscles": APPLY HEAT/ICE (which ever helps more) and if the symptoms persist some PHYSICAL THERAPY is the next step!
Hope this helps! ]
DrZ ...Read more

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I have been having prolonged right rib cage soreness, noticed slight shortness of breath...What could be going on?

I have been having prolonged right rib cage soreness, noticed slight shortness of breath...What could be going on?

Let me explain: Have you developed other unusual and or persistent symptoms
do you have a chronic wheeze or cough
are you tired all the time
do you look pale
these two together are a red flag
do you have a dry painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise
are your feet and ankles swollen and is it harder to breathe when you lie down flat
if you do check with your doctor
if not write. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a sharp shooting pain in my left rib cage coming from my back. Very very sore. Anyone know what it could be?

How long?: If they symptoms have lasted more than a few weeks, I would recommend seeing your pcp. This could be muscular or rib dysfunction. See your pcp if there is a rash in the area. Disc problems are uncommon in this are of the spine. If your pcp thinks it is musculoskeletal, then a course of physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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Sharp pain within the past few hours, it feels like it is the back of my right rib cage, only sore when I stand up or cough, should I be worried?

Sharp pain within the past few hours, it feels like it is the back of my right rib cage, only sore when I stand up or cough, should I be worried?

Muscle strain?: Try hot moist packs ; tylenol- no G.I. Symptoms? (gall bladder?)- if no relief 2-3 hours see pcp or go to er only if your getting worse. ...Read more

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I found a lump on my rib cage under my skin that is squishy and I can push around and it's very sore all the time.2 yrs ago it was smaller didn't hurt?

Need exam: This question cannot be answered over the computer. Lump is 2 years beyond time it should have been examined. Please call your physician immediately. ...Read more

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My rib cage is sore with no bruising what could it ne?

My rib cage is sore with no bruising what could it ne?

See below: The rib joints can becom inflamed just like any other joint. Warm soaks and drugs like Ibuprofen seem to work best. ...Read more