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Squeezing Rib Cage Pain
See your doctor: If it hurts when you press on it. It is likely musculoskeletal in origin and may be a muscle strain. If you had a viral infection recently it could be pleurisy or inflammation of your lung lining. If you are tall and skinny, you may have burst a an air filled sac on your lungs. You could have also pulled a muscle doing strenuous sex. You may need a chest x-ray. You should also do testicular exam ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Not enough detail to provide reasoned response. Age? Sex? Known medical problems? Current medications? When started? Any injury/trauma/new exercise or unusual straining. Any fever, nausea, cough, URI symptoms, GI symptoms? Previous history of same problem? Worsening activities/movements. Relieving activities/movements/ meds. A shot in the dark without more information or a star trek tricorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rib pain: The rib cage does not often become painful and swollen, unless there was some direct injury to the area (rib fracture/contusion) or some indirect sprain/strain to the muscle/ligament structures (costochondritis...). There can be soft tissue masses (and rarely bony) that can present with such symptoms, so please get evaluated. ...Read more
Possibilities: Ruq abdomen is home to the liver, gall bladder, small intestines, diaphragm. Gall bladder stones, duodenal ulcer, pneumonia, hepatitis, and sometimes atypical appendicitis can cause RUQ pain. Persistent pain warrants immediate evaluation by doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More info: need to know how long, is it better or worse with food/activity/other, are there other associated symptoms, does pain radiate up/down/left/right/through the middle. There are some dangerous causes so if symptoms worsen change or fail to improve you should seek medical attention. ...Read more
Possible: Your gallbladder and liver are just below the right ribs and can cause pain that radiates to the chest. This pain would typically occur after eating. ...Read more
Rib pain: There are several potential causes of pain in this location. The most common causes are probably strain of the muscles between the ribs or of the cartilage joints connecting the ribs to the sternum. This can be caused, typically, by heavy lifting or other vigorous physical activity. Most of the time, if this is all that is going on, it will respond to standard anti inflammatory medications within ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Abdominal pain: At your age, this should be investigated by your doctor to make sure there is nothing serious going on. ...Read more
Depends on cause: depends on age , when started , how, if teenager unlikely heart unless chest pain with exertion, if older , pressure at heart area, radiating down left arm/jaw with exertion , resolves with rest could be heart call 911 to be sure not heart , if pain started at rest still could be heart . if sharp pain localized and tender point at area or associated with trauma or movement unlikely the heart . ...Read more
I have been having a constant squeezing like pain in the center and right side of my chest like right above my rib cage for 3 days now. ?
I've been having sharp squeezing pains under my rib cage, on the left. The pain is only for a couple minutes and hurts more when i breath in.
Spasm: Common cause is muscular spasm of the diaphragm but if it persists and shortness of breath see your doctor. ...Read more
I have had on and off for a few years a squeezing pain under my rib cage in the right back side. I ate popcorn and shortly thereafter I really hurt. I?
Back pain: More description of the pain is needed in order to make a differential diagnosis. If it's Sharp, fleeting and worsened with a deep breath, it could be a pinched nerve. Gall stones and a kidney stone can cause pain In this area. A pinched nerve usually resolves. If the discomfort persists see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more
I have a pain at the top of my belly right under the rib cage no appetite it feels like a squeezing sensation?
Consult a doc: Please see your doctor. It needs examination. It could be your gallbladder, stomach or liver. ...Read more
I am sometimes woken up by tightening and squeezing pressure under my rib cage and around my whole body, with shortness of breath?
Symptoms: There are multiple possible causes for what you describe. The best course would be to see your doctor and be evaluated. Suggesting specific possibilities here without information won't be productive for you. ...Read more
Squeezing pain under right rib cage, also felt between shoulder blades. Ultrasound - no gallstones. PH test shows reflux. Reflux causing symptoms?
Sounds like it: It sounds like it. I recommend you work with an integrative medicine doctor or functional medicine doctor to find the root cause(s) of your reflux. In the meantime, I recommend you try an elimination diet. At least stop gluten and dairy for a month and see if your symptoms improve. ...Read more
It feels like someone is squeezing my stomach right where my rib cage opens up. It gets worse after I eat and makes it hard to breathe. What is this?
Gastritis: It sounds as if you have indigestion or a bit of gastritis. This occurs as result of too much acid, from diet, medication or stress. This gives you the symptoms of pressure, bloatedness, worse after eating. I would advise small and frequent meals avoiding acid inducing foods and try some antacids. If no improvement then see your GP for further evaluation. ...Read more
Have upper mid back pain and feel like a giant hand is squeezing me around rib cage sometimes gasp for breath saw chiro & massage ther lots w/no help?
Stop seeing chiro: There are many things that could be causing your symptoms. If it is not a sore muscle then chiro (massage ) is unlikely to help. Heart pain, gallbladder pain, etc can give you similar symptoms and a chiro rubbing your back wont help u. See you md for a work up. If nothing serious is found you can go back to the chiro -- though if it hasnt hellped? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had severe pain under my right shoulder blade that radiates to my right rib cage in a squeezing motion. Chest xray clear and labs fine.
Strained: Sunbcapularis (Muscle under scapula) can do this. Rest and apply heat (although muscle is below the wingbone and it will take a while to get better) Hope this helps Good luck Dr Z ...Read more
Several causes: In young persons, lower thoracic pain could be due to local trauma (bruise), pain associated with a virus (if the child has a fever), pleurisy (inflammation of the lung's lining), bronchitis, pneumonia or some other cause. If the pain continues, or if there is fever, see the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There are a number of possibilities, I would not hesitate to be seen. Potential causes can include pain at the rib bone/ cartilage junction (costochondritis), a thoracic radiculopathy, pleurisy, or from an organ just under the rib such as the liver, lung, gall bladder, stomach, etc. don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more
There's so much--: -B low the rib cage U have a whole book written on each organ. Needs a little more specificity. A few things that R B low Rlisted. Kidneys, liver, spleen, stomach, small bowel, aorta, vena cava, colon.....list of just 1 of these has many possible causes. B more clear on where the pain is. Just under, R or L & describe the pain. Cramping, after meals, ... ...Read more
Several things: are possible including muscle/ligament strain, infection, inflammation of the lining of the lung. If lower down on the side, then could also be related to the digestive system or spleen. A physician can help after a more thorough discussion about timing, severity, exacerbating factors and about your medical history. ...Read more