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I occasionally have bouts of throbbing/sharp pain under left rib cage, subsiding w/ time. What on earth could this mean? For about 4 years. Serious?

I occasionally have bouts of throbbing/sharp pain under left rib cage, subsiding w/ time. What on earth could this mean? For about 4 years. Serious?

See a physician: Anything that's been going on for that long really should be evaluated by a physician — that is the only way to really assess if it's serious. Diagnostic possibilities include a thoracic radiculopathy, intra-abdominal pathology (i.e. Spleen, kidney), trigger point, etc. ...Read more

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What would cause intermittent throbbing pain behind left rib cage, not the actual ribs... No injuries?

What would cause intermittent throbbing pain behind left rib cage, not the actual ribs... No injuries?

Muscles: Probably muscle spasms. Try heat, massage, rest, stretching antiinflammatories. If that doesn't help after one week, see doctor. ...Read more

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What is located under the left rib cage and above the hip? There is a constant throbbing pain and it will swell up then go back down.

Lots: Included in the area u stated there the spleen splenic flexure of the colon and the entire descending colon. There is also small bowel in the next layer and then kidneys tho they r extra peritoneal. U need 2 b evaluated and get a definative DX from ur pcp or internist.

There r a number of problems that effect each of these organs.

Get in 2 c waht it could b,. ...Read more

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I suddenly started to feel a dull throbbing pain around my upper left rib cage area. Its really painful when I move my arms or change positions in bed?

Trauma?: Were you injured? Have you been lifting heavy objects or doing strenuous work? Your symptoms suggest a muscle strain or pull. Possibly even a bruised or broken rib, if you were injured. An x-ray would help. Rest, heat, Ibuprofen or Naproxen (or even full dose aspirin) would likely help but time is the most important factor. ...Read more

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I have a throbbing pain on my right side above my rib cage it is swollen and sensitive to touch us there a major organ there should I be worried?

Get X-ray : Not many organs in that area besides the liver but I would start by getting an X-ray to make sure you don't have a rib fracture ...Read more

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Hi there, in the past 3 days I have been getting an intermittent full throbbing pain in my right side just under the rib cage. Should I go to doc?

Hi there, in the past 3 days I have been getting an intermittent full throbbing pain in my right side just under the rib cage. Should I go to doc?

Pain: Yes you should but you might have to wait to get an appointment.
If you can, please go to the nearest Emergency facility and they will take care of you from there, or recommend admission to the hospital if things are not looking so good.
Wish you well! ...Read more

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I have a throbbing pain under my rib cage on my right side I usually feel it when i have not yet eaten. I have gas and bloating as well.

Gallbladder?: Your description makes me think of either a gallbladder issue or a duodenal ulcer. Regardless, you should have some testing done, coordinated by a GI doctor. ...Read more

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Have a very sharp pain under left rib cage going through to a throbbing back ache?

Chest?: It is difficult to tell what is exactly the problem without knowing what other symptoms you are having. Is there shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sweating? If so then you need to go to the ed in order to rule out any cardiac issues. Other possibilities are abdominal problems which cover a number of issues. Also, muscular and rib inflammation which carries no danger to life. Get checked asap. ...Read more

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Bubbly and rumbly feeling under left rib cage for about 3 months along with throbbing in lower left abdomen and now Its starting to get a bit painful?

Bubbly and rumbly feeling under left rib cage for about 3 months along with throbbing in lower left abdomen and now Its starting to get a bit painful?

Bronchitis/ibd?: Could be lung disease like bronchitis or pneumonia and inflamatory bowel disease[ibd]or simple gas., constipation,best to get a chest xray and ultrasound of the abdomin or even xray of the abdomin, if constipated clear this with more water, mirilax, dulcolax or senna, prune juice, even citrate of magnesium 1 bottle. If not see pulmonary and gastroenterologist ...Read more

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There's been a pain on the left side behind my rib cage it's been throbbing nonstop for a month now. What can it be I'm worried?

See a doctor: The area you refer to is where you will find your heart, left lung, and rib cage. Your symptoms could refer to anyone or all these anatomical locations. Based on your interview and examination, your doctor can determine the studies you need to figure out what is wrong and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Pain on left side at bottom of rib cage in e front. Does not get worse with exercise. Pain is intermittent. It is like an ache not a throbbing pai?

Pain on left side at bottom of rib cage in e front.  Does not get worse with exercise.  Pain is intermittent.  It is like an ache not a throbbing pai?

PAIN FROM COLON: This type of pain is most often associated with either increased air in the colon or smooth muscle spasm of the colon, especially if it is intermittent. Supplementing with acidophilus and magnesium aspartate from a professional source may help here. Increase fiber to prevent constipation and promote regular bowel movements as well. Consider an abdominal x-ray to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more

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Today when I woke up, I had a throbbing/ pulsating feeling around my left side rib cage, a couple inches under my armpit. No pain. What could this be?

Your heart: Could be that your heart was beating fast and/or irregular. If this persists or happens again, you should see a doctor about it. Another possibility would be 'thoracic outlet/inlet syndrome', consider this possibility if your left arm feels full/tight, numb, or hurts during these episodes. ...Read more

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I've been getting an intermittent throbbing type pain in my left rib cage, below the breast but towards center of whole ribcage. No pain if touched?

I've been getting an intermittent throbbing type pain in my left rib cage, below the breast but towards center of whole ribcage. No pain if touched?

Throbbing chest pain: There are many possibilities. You should report this to your doctor and be seen for a physical examination and tests to determine the cause. Because this is recurring and throbbing, you definitely need a check up and evaluation. ...Read more

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I am having sharp, throbbing pains (they come & go like a contraction during labor) on my left lower side of my rib cage mostly after I ate or drank something. No other symptoms just tired. I took a Motrin about 30min ago. Any other help would be wonderfu

I am having sharp, throbbing pains (they come & go like a contraction during labor) on my left lower side of my rib cage mostly after I ate or drank something. No other symptoms just tired. I took a Motrin about 30min ago. Any other help would be wonderfu

Pain L side: Hi LizY844, Motrin might not be the best to use here because this could be due to too much acid in stomach/ulcer type pain. I would stop any aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (like motrin) and use antacid (OTC) 10-20 ml 3x/day and add nexium (esomeprazole) or similar and see if this helps. Thanks ...Read more

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Throbbing sharp pain on left side near hip bone and under rib cage. Feels tensed and hard. Chest hurts to breathe, UTI, nausea and vomiting. Help?

Throbbing sharp pain on left side near hip bone and under rib cage. Feels tensed and hard. Chest hurts to breathe, UTI, nausea and vomiting. Help?

UC/ER: Sounds like you need to be seen by a doctor soon. Urgent care or ER. At the very least they can prescribe medication to ease the nausea and vomiting and make sure you are being treated adequately for pyelonephritis if your UTI is not a kidney infection. ...Read more

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Having an issue with getting rid of uti. This is 3 months of this. On my second round of meds. I having throbbing under my rib cage on both side?

Having an issue with getting rid of uti.
This is 3 months of this.
On my second round of meds.
I having throbbing under my rib cage on both side?

UTI: A chronic urinary tract infection warrants referral to a specialist. Question that need to be addressed are treating a partner simultaneously if sexually active; repeating urine cultures to detect any resistant organism; dynamic evaluation of urine flow. These all may be addressed by a urologist. ...Read more

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Having severe throbbing pain under left rib and is radiating around to mid back/ flank area. I also feel nauseous and gagging. What could this be?

Be seen: Severe chest pain should be evaluated right away. What you describe could be a kidney infection or kidney stone. A rash in the area may indicate shingles. Still, these all need medical care. Heart pain is still a possibility even if the pain is in the back. This is commonly sorted out in the emergency room. Yes, it could be something less serious, but be safe and see a pro. ...Read more

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I have massive throbbing pain on my left side on the back side and under my ribs?

I have massive throbbing pain on my left side on the back side and under my ribs?

Pains: Back pain can be annoying as you are finding out. Massive pain should be evaluated to help diagnose and then treat your issues, best wishes. ...Read more

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I Have a throbbing pain right under my left rib. It cOmes and goes. Now I feel it on mY right side now too. Should I go to the drs?

I Have a throbbing pain right under my left rib. It cOmes and goes. Now I feel it on mY right side now too. Should I go to the drs?

Rib pain: Depending on what your activities are, you likely have musculo-skeletal pain. If your pain is only coming and going, taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Aleve should help. If persistent and associated with difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting or any other symptoms, you should get checked out by your doctor. If you are able to give me more details, I can give you further insight on how to manage. ...Read more

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I have a lower left throbbing pain (reminds me of labor contractions) under my ribs. What could this be?

I have a lower left throbbing pain (reminds me of labor contractions) under my ribs. What could this be?

Under ribs would: Include the muscles in that location, intercostal rib cage muscles, diaphragm, colon, stomach, small bowel, even heart (much less likely), etc. Study abdominal anatomy online & experiment with what movements/actions consistently change the pain; intensity, location, sensation for better clues. Usually works much better to seek help in person: too many variables. ...Read more

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My daughter has been having a throbbing pain on the left side of chest and sometimes on the right side under ribs?

My daughter has been having a throbbing pain on the left side of chest and sometimes on the right side under ribs?

Chestpain: Need more information. How old is your daughter? Most probably muscular but need more info ...Read more

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Throbbing pain on upper left side of ribs under boob, pain constant for mins and fades, had X-rays done everything normal. Wht can it be?

Throbbing pain on upper left side of ribs under boob, pain constant for mins and fades, had X-rays done everything normal. Wht can it be?

Several thoughts: Might be cardiac, gastric, pulmonary or muscular. Is it affected by eating certain foods? Does activity bring it on? Any effect with certain movements of arms or chest? Tender when you press on the area? Does deep breathing affect it? In a 20 yr old woman, likely muscular, but the others cannot be ruled out. ...Read more

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I have a throbbing pain that can be sharp in my left abdomen right under my ribs. I also have a clear liquid coming from my belly button. What is this?

I have a throbbing pain that can be sharp in my left abdomen right under my ribs. I also have a clear liquid coming from my belly button. What is this?

Examination needed: Clear liquid from belly button is not a common complaint, surgery recently? Family history of imflamatory bowel disease? Get abdominal pain checked out immediately. Left sided belly pain can be as simple as constipation, but you need a plan based on a good examination. ...Read more

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I've recently had throbbing pain the rightside of my neck that radiates into my jaw and chest. I've also had sharp pains in my left rib What could it be?

I don;t know: The first thing with radiating pain to the jaw and chest, one needs to do is rule out the heart as the source of the pain. You should get checked ASAP. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with14cm spleen 7/1/13 I've been having mildly sharp intermittent pain under left rib cage. How do I know when to go toer this can't ruptur!

Enlarged spleen: The spleen normally doesn't hurt when enlarged. A 14 cm spleen doesn't appear to be significantly enlarged if measured by ultrasound. If you have no other symptoms or findings on the diagnostic test, I would not be too worried about it. ...Read more