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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 your doctor: The symptoms you describe could be from a whole host of issues. Your side pain and weight loss in particular are worrisome. I strongly suggest you see your doctor, and have the examination and tests necessary to help sort your pain out soon. Please make those arrangements soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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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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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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