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Stabbing pain under left ribs & burning sensation in chest & upper abdomen went to ER they sent me home what could it be? I can't even sleep from it.

Stabbing pain under left ribs & burning sensation in chest & upper abdomen went to ER they sent me home what could it be? I can't even sleep from it.

Intercostal neuralgi: Sounds from the information you give that you may have what is commonly called a "pinched nerve) in your dorsal (back) vertebrae. May have been caused by coughing really hard. Also to be considered is a lung infection. Please see your family physician as you may need a chest x-ray. If normal I would also suggest seeing an osteopathic physician for manipulation of your back. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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Lower left side of stomach hurts stabbing pain?

Need more info?: When did it begin? With or without food? Does it hurt more after eating or during? Do you have heartburn? Do you drink enough water, or do you drink coffee? What are the triggers: caffeine, chocolate, spicy foods? We need more info to help you sort this out better. Please complete meds, past med/soc/sex/surg histories too. More info we have, the better the info we give back to you to help u.Thanks ...Read more

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Constant ache left side about 2" from ribcage/upper stomach area. Sometimes slight stabbing pain. What could be wrong?

Chest pain: It seems more like a costochondritis, but I am a little confused as to the location. This occurs usually about the 4th-6th costochondral junction about 2 inches from the sternum. Try to press and it hurts. And the treatment initially are nsaids like advil (ibuprofen) or alive. Nevertheless, see your doctor to make sure. ...Read more

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Can trapped wind hurt in the exact same spot of stomach and be stabbing in nature? Stabbing pain in left side and rumbly tummy.

Yes: Gas trapped in the bowels can lead to very intense crampy pain. Many causes of this kind of pain are possible, so if pain bothers you, please talk with your doctor about what it could be.


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Sharp stabbing pain left side of lower stomach and lower back pain. What could it be?

Sharp stabbing pain left side of lower stomach and lower back pain. What could it be?

Stomach is just: Under left rib cage. Lower could be colon, or if pain radiates from back check for kidney stone. Any other symptoms associated with urination? See pcp bring urine first mornings. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain on my right side, slightly above my waistline. Throbbing pain in my right palm. Dull ache around rib/stomach on my left side.

Rule out ob/gyn: It could be related to a peripheral nerve entrapment but more importantly you would want to visit with you ob/gyn to rule out any gynecological or obstetric causes for you pain. ...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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I have burning and stabbing pain in upper abdomen going through to my back. What could this be?

I have burning and stabbing pain in upper abdomen going through to my back. What could this be?

Many reasons: Could inflammation of the pancreas or gallbladder... Also could be stomach ulcer or gallbladder stones. See your doctor for exam and appropriate testing. ...Read more

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Pain in lower right abdomen for 2 days. On the third day I had mild stabbing pain in upper abdomen. What should I do?

Constipated?: If so, going to the bathroom will help. Fever? Maybe infection of a pocket in the intestines. If you have a fever, please see your medical provider. ...Read more

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Leaned slightly forward, 5 second Stabbing pain in upper abdomen and then up between breasts. Then waved arm and another similar pain. Gas? Heart?

Leaned slightly forward, 5 second Stabbing pain in upper abdomen and then up between breasts. Then waved arm and another similar pain. Gas? Heart?

Anatomy: So, you are asking how you can feel pain when you move into a position that causes squishing of some internal organs, and/or your lungs and the muscles in the abdomen or chest and then have short pain. It is not your heart or gas. It is the squishing and stretching of muscles and organs and a physician would be surprised if you felt nothing. ...Read more

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Had upper abdomen stabbing pain...then I sneezed twice and it went away...any thoughts? It happens sometimes after I eat but never that bad.

Abdominal pain: Probably a muscle spasm but if it is recurrent, associated with the same event each time (eating; sneezing) and only on the same side each time there is the possibility of a Spigellian hernia. This can be felt if you are slender as a lump just to one side of the Rectus sheath (your "six pack") that comes and goes, or by ultrasound. ...Read more

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My daughter has had mono for 6 weeks. 2 weeks ago she fell. She a stabbing pain in the upper abdomen just behind the lower ribcage & tip of shoulder.

My daughter has had mono for 6 weeks. 2 weeks ago she fell. She a stabbing pain in the upper abdomen just behind the lower ribcage & tip of shoulder.

She needs to be seen: Mono can cause enlargement of the spleen and liver. You are describing pain that is often associated with injury to one of these organs. She needs to be seen and examined, and possibly have a CT scan of her abdomen. Good luck on her recovery!
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Stabbing pain in upper region of stomach below sternum. Pain radiates to the left and then to my back. Happens even when I don't eat?

Stabbing pain in upper region of stomach below sternum. Pain radiates to the left and then to my back. Happens even when I don't eat?

Stomach pain: Please get your self checked for a gastric (stomach) ulcer. It is usually due to a bacterial infection called h. Pylori and sometimes drug induced (asprin and Motrin like drugs). ...Read more

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Stabbing pain on the right side of my stomach for four days. What to do?

Pain: Possible liver problems, but severity of the pain warrants exam by your pcp as soon as possible. ...Read more

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When I bend over the last couple days I get a very painful stabbing pain on the left center of my stomach. Help?

When I bend over the last couple days I get a very painful stabbing pain on the left center of my stomach. Help?

Going to your doctor: Is what I would say is necessary. Especially considering your description. Very painful is your body crying for help. Please don't ignore it. Possibilities aren't realistic from the other side of the world. And diagnosis isn't treatment, which is clearly what you need. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what it means when you have a semi-frequent stabbing pain in your stomach on the left sude that radiates around the back?

You should seek care: There are many causes of abdominal pain, some of which can be simply annoying, like constipation, others can be deadly. The best way to make sure it's nothing dangerous is to be examined by a health care provider. Most of the time the cause can be determined with a physical exam and a few simple tests. Less often, an imaging study or looking inside the gut with a scope (endoscopy) is needed. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my right side of lower back. Stabbing pain sometimes radiates to stomach?

I have a pain in my right side of lower back. Stabbing pain sometimes radiates to stomach?

A number of causes: There are a number of different things this could be, from gallstones to gastritis to kidney stones.

Push fluids, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) (if you can) and if your symptoms persist, see your physician. They will do an exam, check a urine sample, and decide on further testing based on the about findings. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in right side & allover stomach. Gas?

Stabbing pain in right side & allover stomach. Gas?

Maybe: But may also be your appendix. Worth a closer look by a qualified health care provider. ...Read more

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The right side of my stomach hurts when I eat. What should I do? It is like a sharp stabbing pain. I usually end up deviled over crying

Pain: Pain in this area is very tricky since there are many organ systems in the epigastric area and right upper quadrant of the abdomen.
- stomach - problems such as gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis, and stomach ulcers can cause pain in these areas - usually worse with eating and worse while laying down
- pancreas - pancreatitis, pancreatic stones/blockages can cause epigastric pain, sometimes radiating to the back
- liver/gallbladder - hepatitis, gall stones or gall bladder disease can cause pain in the right upper quadrant
- intestinal - duodenal ulcers, infections and constipation can cause pain there because the colon loops up into that area
- kidney - kidney stones or infections can cause pain in the right upper quadrant, though many people feel it in their backs.
- gyne - ovarian pain from a cyst or even an infection from a sexually transmitted disease can cause pain in the right upper quadrant.

And all those are just a few of the things that could be going on. So, your best option is to be seen by a doctor and examined to determine the cause of your pain.

Reasons to go to the er are:
- high fever
- bloody stool
- bright green or bloody vomit
- severe or worsening pain
- difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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I got my tubes tied last year and ever since my stomach has been hard and for the last 2 weeks I get a stabbing pain in my sides, what should I do?

I got my tubes tied last year and ever since my stomach has been hard and for the last 2 weeks I get a stabbing pain in my sides, what should I do?

See your doctor: That is very strange and unusual. That procedure should really not cause those symptoms. So the first question is why are you having symptoms and are they related to the procedure. You likely need an ultrasound and exam to figure out. ...Read more

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Every time I eat or stressed, im suffering from stabbing pain in my stomach that last 1, 2 or 3 minutes? More than 3x/day. Blood type O. Left handed...

Every time I eat or stressed, im suffering from stabbing pain in my stomach that last 1, 2 or 3 minutes? More than 3x/day. Blood type O. Left handed...

Get checked: You didn't mention type of food that makes it worse, type of pain, what part of your abdomen has worse pain, or if there's also nausea &/or vomiting. So, it could be gallstone pain (fatty food, upper right abdomen), duodenal ulcer pain (upper mid abdomen). See your physician right away. Hope theat helps. ...Read more

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I keep getting sharp stabbing pain left of stomach under ribs. Told allergic to milk. Told cheese and yogurt ok but no to milk. Is this ok? Why pain?

I keep getting sharp stabbing pain left of stomach under ribs. Told allergic to milk. Told cheese and yogurt ok but no to milk. Is this ok? Why pain?

Not typical: Even severe food allergy does not cause stabbing pain under the ribs If you were told that you could eat yogurt and cheese, I suspect that your doctor thought you had lactose intolerance and not really milk allergy. Nonetheless, you need to talk to your doctor again or seek a 2nd opinion. Whatever it is, it is not from milk allergy. ...Read more

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I have antral gastritis, does that cause upper left stomach pain? I get stabbing pain in the same area, when bending over, before meals and after.

I have antral gastritis, does that cause upper left stomach pain? I get stabbing pain in the same area, when bending over, before meals and after.

Possible: It's definitely possible that antral gastritis can be causing your symptoms. If you've done standard imaging and other tests looking for h.Pylori, it might be beneficial to talk with your doctor about getting an endoscopy (if it's been a while since you had your first one). Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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Went to the ER about a stabbing pain in my left rib and shoulder as well as flank pain. My stomach aparently isn't emptying at all! What causes this?

Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis is commonly caused by diabetes, but can have a multitude of other causes. I would recommend going to see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more