stabbing pain on right side under rib cage

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Dr. John H. Shim answered:

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

Chest-heart
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.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

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

Shingles
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.
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Dr. Jordan M. Rush answered:

I have this stabbing pain on my right side of my stomach under my rib cage. It's starting to hurt my back as well. Should I go to the ER?

Yes

Pain
Symptoms you are describing, though not specific may support gallbladder/pancreas/ulcer problems and should be further evaluated
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Dr. Robert Grieco answered:

I have had painful stabbing like pain on the right side of my abdominal. It hurts in random spots from under my rib cage to my pelvis area?

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Pain
Pain like you describe is a concern. Many possibilities from kidney stone to appendicitis. It may be a pulled muscle or gas pain. There is no way to tell without an an exam so I recommend that you see your doctor.
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Dr. Mary B. Engrav answered:

What can I do to relieve right side abdominal pain that is ongoing? Stabbing pain began 1/30/12. (some bkground:was injured when bus driver closed doors on me 1/4/12 & seeing a chiropractor for 1 month at this pt.) Pain's located just below my rib cage. I

Different

Different possibilities causing long-term abdominal pain after an injury include muscle pain, rib pain, or nerve pain. I am glad you have been seen by a physician and in the ER. You have probably tried Advil and Tylenol for your pain. You could try a topical pain patch such as Lidoderm, which is by prescription. You could consider massage therapy, further chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, or physical therapy as well which may be beneficial.
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Dr. Eric Anderson answered:

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

Rib pain

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.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone answered:

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)
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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?

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It could be a muscle spasm, kidney stone, gas, etc. If it persists, see your doctor.
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Dr. Mark Rasak answered:

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

Shortness_of_breath
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.
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Dr. David Earle answered:

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

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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.
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