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I have pain on my left lower rib it comes and goes what could cause that may hurt for days and quit for days at a time thank you ?

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Dr. Patrick Ferry
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Are you sure ribs?

If you truly have rib pain, ie, you have pain when you press on the rib cage, it is almost certainly a muscle/skeletal issue.
If you don't have actual pain on the rib it may actually be pain in your abdomen-look at a drawing of the abdomen and note the diaphragm, which separates the chest and abdominal cavity, actually rises above the bottom of the ribs. Go see your doctor, it could be serious!

In brief: Are you sure ribs?

If you truly have rib pain, ie, you have pain when you press on the rib cage, it is almost certainly a muscle/skeletal issue.
If you don't have actual pain on the rib it may actually be pain in your abdomen-look at a drawing of the abdomen and note the diaphragm, which separates the chest and abdominal cavity, actually rises above the bottom of the ribs. Go see your doctor, it could be serious!
Dr. Patrick Ferry
Dr. Patrick Ferry
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Rib pain

This is most likely costchondritis.
There are a variety of causes including viral or traumatic (i.e. Blunt force or coughing) etiologies.

In brief: Rib pain

This is most likely costchondritis.
There are a variety of causes including viral or traumatic (i.e. Blunt force or coughing) etiologies.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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