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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Sharp pain that is sudden, comes and goes, under right rib cage, and sometimes around right breast. causes trouble breathing. What can this be?

Pleurisy: You're describing pleurisy. Since you take birth control pills, an unlikely but serious cause is a blood clot in your lung. The more likely cause is viral infection or even just muscular strain. But if this is new and because of the above, you need to be checked out to be sure it's not serious. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain under the right side of rib cage?

What causes sharp pain under the right side of rib cage?

Gallbladder: The most common cause would be gallstones. Other possibilities would be ulcer pain, reflux, pancreatitis and some types of liver disease. See your physician and get it checked out. ...Read more

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What are the causes of severe sharp pain on the right side under rib cage?

Unknown: It cld be due to your heart lungs stomach gb liver etc. See your doctor for a complete hx and physical exam. ...Read more

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Sharp pain felt in middle of chest (toward right) when cracking back & lower left abdominal pain/pressure under rib cage. Had since last night. Cause?

Sharp pain felt in middle of chest (toward right) when cracking back & lower left abdominal pain/pressure under rib cage. Had since last night. Cause?

Chest/abd pain: Could be reflux, elevate head of bed , consider ranitidine one a day or previcid or both or may be gas or just nerve irritation. or could you have herniated a disc when cracking back?. Do you have pain with deep breath? on BCP or smoke? then may be clots and go to urgent care /ER check d-dimer. Due to concern of clot, herniation and limited info f/u with doc urgent care today. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao
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What causes sharp pain in the right rib cage?

What causes sharp pain in the right rib cage?

This sounds: Musculoskeletal. If it is worsened if yuo take a deep breath it might be pleuritic chest pain. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on right side by rib cage that comes and goes. Also nauseous. What could be the cause of the pain?

Sharp pain on right side by rib cage that comes and goes. Also nauseous. What could be the cause of the pain?

Gallbladder?: This sounds like pain associated with cholecystitis or gall bladder disease. If pain associated with food intake, especially greasy foods, then it probably is the gall bladder. You should have an evaluation from your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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