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Pain on my left side under my rib cage, getting full quick, losing a lot of weight, aching joints and I just got a rash, what could it be?

Pain on my left side under my rib cage, getting full quick, losing a lot of weight, aching joints and I just got a rash, what could it be?

See a doctor!: Those are some serious symptoms you are describing. Please see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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My right side under my rib cage near my back. Hurts when you push on it. I do have fatty liver from being obese but I am dieting and losing weight.?

My right side under my rib cage near my back. Hurts when you push on it. I do have fatty liver from being obese but I am dieting and losing weight.?

Liver sludge: Fatty liver is due to sugary foods, and liver pain is usually due to liver sludge with stone formation. Need to clean the liver frequently. To help with liver pain use phosphatidyl choline and betaine hcl - betaine hcl with make the bile flow and phosphatidyl choline lubricates so liver pain gets better. Initial dosing might be higher hcl 4gm twice daily and phoscholine will need 2gm twice daily. ...Read more

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I have a lump below my breast bone, between lower rib cage, and upper abdomen area. I've had weight lose over the past two months as well.

I have a lump below my breast bone, between lower rib cage, and upper abdomen area. I've had weight lose over the past two months as well.

Suggest evaluation: This can be evaluated by physical exam, however, you may be describing the xiphoid process. It is a bony prominence below the sternum. ...Read more

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A lump has formed under the skin, upper abdomen, below breast bone, between the lower rib cage. Slightly tender to the touch. Weight lose of 20lbs?

A lump has formed under the skin, upper abdomen, below breast bone, between the lower rib cage. Slightly tender to the touch. Weight lose of 20lbs?

Xiphoid: There is a structure of cartilage there, and hernias can develop there.
Suspect weight loss has allowed you to feel the xiphoid bone better.
Easy for your pcp to determine. ...Read more

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I've lost a lot of weight over the past year (240 to 160) and my rib cage seems to have "closed in". My chest is not as large. Can ribs do that?

I've lost a lot of weight over the past year (240 to 160) and my rib cage seems to have "closed in". My chest is not as large. Can ribs do that?

Yes when you: That amount of weight this could happen, you have to try some exercise program for the upper extremities and chest area to help bring up that. Thanks. ...Read more

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How much weight can human rib cage take before breaking?

How much weight can human rib cage take before breaking?

See answer: It all depend of many factors;your weight, body dimensions, size etc. The thorax is an elastic structure that deforms under pressure and when that pressure exceed that capicity it brakes, it follows the laws of physics. It is individual depending of the size oy your thorax with small or large ribs and sternum. Obviosly the pressure than an small thorax can take is a lot smaller that of a large one.. ...Read more

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Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Potentially: The property of a material to stretch in respons to a stress and then contract back to its original length is know as elasticity. To some extent, the cartilage portion of the ribs do have this property. ...Read more

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52 male with constant severe pain bottom right front rib cage. Best treatment for pain relief while actively body building with free weights?

52 male with constant severe pain bottom right front rib cage. Best treatment for pain relief while actively body building with free weights?

Costochondritis: The best advise is wrapping your chest and resting. But "right rib cage" can also meany lunacy have an herniation, acute cholelythiasis or other internal organ problem: liver bruising, colitis etc. See a doctor if condition persists. ...Read more

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18y.My waist bone and hip bone are abnormally wide like that of a female. Also my rib-cage is very small. How can those bones shrink and rib-cage expand?

18y.My waist bone and hip bone are abnormally wide like that of a female. Also my rib-cage is very small. How can those bones shrink and rib-cage expand?

Impossible: You cannot in any way change the shape, width, girth, or any other measurement of your bones. They will grow according to a lifetime of nutrition, exercise, and genetics. ...Read more

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Right below my rub cage hurts. So right below my rib cage hurts. It hurts like you went on a long run and aren't getting enough oxygen in the area only I'm not going on runs, I am walking from one class to another. I am not over weight, I play tennis, m

Right below my rub cage hurts. So right below my rib cage hurts. It hurts like you went on a long run and aren't getting enough oxygen in the area only I'm not going on runs, I am walking from one class to another. I am not over weight, I play tennis, m

We: We will need a more complete history and examination to help you. It could be related to structures inside the rib cage such as your heart and lungs which would need closer examination to rule out any problems. Most likely it could be strain of the rib cage or it's musculature. ...Read more

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Grumbling just below my left rib cage moor in bowel region what could it be eating ok no weight loss no pain when asleep?

Grumbling just below my left rib cage moor in bowel region what could it be eating ok no weight loss no pain when asleep?

The grumbling is nor: -mal. It is gas moving past stool in the colon at the hepatic flexure. Sounds are called borborigmey (sp) which is normal peristaltic activity. If constipated add fiber and keep well hydrated. To set your mind at ease, see your PCP for an eval. ...Read more

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Weight gain, shortness of breath even while sittng, bloating, pain between rib cage and belly button?

Weight gain, shortness of breath even while sittng, bloating, pain between rib cage and belly button?

See a doctor: Abdominal pain, swelling, weight gain, and shortness of breath can indicate excess fluid in the abdomen (ascites). This needs to be evaluated.
Even if it is not ascites, this pattern needs to be promptly evaluated. ...Read more

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If a person had pancreatic cancer that is causing left side pain (under the rib cage) and back pain, should you be experiencing weight loss too?

Pancreatic Cancer: Unfortunately even in this era of tremendous advances in oncology field pancreatic cancer is still a gruesome diagnosis. The most common symptom is jaundice and pain is rather rare and can be associated with very advanced disease with significant weight loss.
Pain is more often associated with pancreatitis and specific tests should be done to rule out inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back, inside rib cage. Gallbladder removed in 2010-dirreah, weight loss, night sweats. Enzymes over 810-neg for hep, lupus, wilson?

Pain in upper right back, inside rib cage. Gallbladder removed in 2010-dirreah, weight loss, night sweats. Enzymes over 810-neg for hep, lupus, wilson?

? retained stone: There are a number of tests, ultrasound, mrcp that you could have to rule out a retained or new primary gallstone in your bile ducts. If these are clear an ERCP may help. If it is not a stone then review your meds. Many things can affect the liver: tylenol, (acetaminophen) alcohol, cholesterol meds, etc. If nothing is found they may want to image your liver. ...Read more

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Tenderness under right rib cage; shortness of breath; constant fatigue; loss of appetite; unintentional weight loss;?

Tenderness under right rib cage; shortness of breath; constant fatigue; loss of appetite; unintentional weight loss;?

U need 2 B Worked up: For hepatitis 4 sure. Also TB. With TB there is usually fever & night sweats. If U have not been skin tested please do so. Even if U were TB-, , U may have converted to+. B sure 2 see someone in infectious diseases, U do need 2 get a Dx & then a plan of care can B established. When Cn tell all such as IV/IM drug use as well as sexual activity, B honest & forthcoming. ...Read more

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Pain left upper side next to rib cage?

Pain left upper side next to rib cage?

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

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What can cause sharp, acute pain in the rib cage?

What can cause sharp, acute pain in the rib cage?

Many things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Pain upper right side inside rib cage comes and goes?

Pain upper right side inside rib cage comes and goes?

More details needed: There could be man reasons for this - muscle spasms, pinched nerve, lung problems, joint issues, to name just a few. What makes the pain come and what helps it go away? Is it associated with position changes, or deep breathing? Describe the nature of the pain. Try to answer those questions and discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause random pain in the front lower rib cage?

Could be rib: Dysfunction. Read the following
http://www. Basicspine. Com/conditions-procedures/pain-management/slipped-rib-syndrome. Html. ...Read more

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What would cause pain under anterior left rib cage area?

What would cause pain under anterior left rib cage area?

Many possibilities: This could be from something irritating the diaphragm from above or below, from the rib or the costochondral attachments, an enlarged and tender intraabdominal organ like the spleen, or could be referred pain from elsewhere. Answering your question accurately would require a full exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does a slight pain on the right side rib cage mean?

What does a slight pain on the right side rib cage mean?

Hard to say: There are many potential causes including musculoskeletal conditions such as costochodritis, which is an inflammation of the rib at the bone cartilage junction to conditions involving the inner organs of that area including the lung, liver, and gallbladder. Consider being seen, a detailed exam and possibly some further studies can usually determine the cause. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do you treat pain in upper left rib cage please help?

Best advice anyone -: Can give you would be to get seen ; evaluated by your pcp. Getting anxious about it will not help, but make you more anxious.
Pain there could be from a number of reasons. Take some nsaids and see the response. But you must see your pcp urgently.
Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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What organ is on the outer edge of left side of rib cage?

What organ is on the outer edge of left side of rib cage?

Spleen: The spleen is in left upper quadrant of the abdomen. Your kidney is also here but is further towards your back or flank area. ...Read more

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Lower part of my rib cage has been hurting for a while. No injuries?

Lower part of my rib cage has been hurting for a while. No injuries?

More details: Are needed. However a set of RIB FILMS would be my next step. At your age various pathologic conditions can cause bone pain and the ribs are no exception! Trauma or NOT GET IT CHECKED OUT as soon as practicable! Your PCP (Primary Care Provider) is a good start!
Hope this helps!
DR Z ...Read more

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Rib cage pain after workout. Might have over-exerted myself. Any tips?

Muscle Strain: Sounds like you have a muscle strain involving the rib and intercostal muscles. Rest and gentle active stretching may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have a small round shape that herts right in the middle of my rib cage?

I have a small round shape that herts right in the middle of my rib cage?

Rib issue: If its at the bottom of your sternum - where all the ribs join - you are most likely feeling the xiphoid process - a small bone (can feel rounded) at the base of the sternum - its normal but sometimes sensitive to pressure being applied to it. If its higher - it may be a small sebacous cyst underneath the skin. Good luck ...Read more

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Pain on my left side from side of my rib cage upper also my lower left side?

Pain on my left side from side of my rib cage upper also my lower left side?

Get a physical!: New onset sharp left sided abdominal pain can have many etiologies. Without a physician history and examination, it is hard to guess the cause. Musculoskeletal pains, constipation, kidney infection, enlarged spleen, diverticulitis among possibilities.... ...Read more

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My boyfriend is experiencing consistent sharp pains at the base of his rib cage?

Most likely cause: To consider is a rib fracture. Since you don't share any further details in regards to him or his complaints it becomes difficult to make any further comments. If its a rib fracture the treatment is symptomatic meaning you treat the pain and the fracture gets better with time. I would take Ibuprofen for the symptoms up to three times a day and consider being evaluated by your internist. Good luck. ...Read more