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December 23rd, 2011
Ive had this pain under my left rib for about 3 years...it even landed me in hospital a couple times and all the doctors could say is that there was inflamation to the colon wich causes huge discomfort,so i was suffering from bad IBD,IBS and GERD..i took all the meds they gave me including many proton pump inhibitors like Nexium and Altosec wich helped for a while but the pain would only ease slightly...i one day came across this product called AMP Floracell and man oh man boom the pain stopped after like a week..i carried on with the course and continue taking it..what a miracle drug it is and it is all Natural..many people have tried this and have positive feedback..give it a try you will thank me later Smile
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replied January 17th, 2012
Simailar problem
I have a similar problem. Mine is just uncomfortable. It's a wierd pressure in my left rib cage?!?!?! I went to my doctor see said it might be acid reflex. I've been taking OTC meds and it's not helping. Now my mind is going crazy. Any advise?
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replied January 26th, 2012
Hi, I just googled "pain of left side" and this forum popped up. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome 9 years ago. When I started getting this pain 8 months ago, it didn't feel like anything that I experienced before so I made an appt with my doctor. I had pain constantly for a couple of months, was on pain killers and had numerous tests, ct scans, colonoscopy, etc. The scan showed I had diverticulosis, but wasn't inflamed at the time. The pain I was having at that time was on my right, and ended up being 2 ovarian cysts that needed removal with surgery. Now though, I have the dreaded left side pain. It feels like what I would think a blockage would feel like. Kind of like I have gas but in a small ball under my left rib and if I lean on it, it feels like it will explode. I'm not running a fever but can't lay on that side, and can't bend over. I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow, but just wanted to add diverticular disease to the list of maybes, lol. Good Luck everyone!
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replied February 20th, 2012
Hey everyone, I've had mostly the same problems as you all for the past 4 months. After switching to a raw food diet my symptoms have dramatically calmed (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds). I drink the right amount of water everyday and I drink it at the right times. No meat, dairy, or wheat, just fruits and vegetables. Also, a healthy amount of exercise. What you must remember is that if you want to feel right again you MUST NOT make dietary exceptions! No "Well I can have a little steak because I need protein.. :\ " You can get your protein from nuts and seeds. You might want to consider getting a colonic just for the hell of it. Try taking some probiotics as well. I hope everyone reading this with with these health issues takes it into consideration. Although I never found out what it was; I found out how to calm it and I hope you try it for yourself and get better.
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replied February 27th, 2012
Left-sided lower rib uncomfortable pain
I've also had this uncomfortable feeling in my lower left rib area. But my uncomfortable symptom began weeks after noticing a lump or knot just under this area. I had diarrhea for about 2 weeks, it became uncomfortable to sit at my desk because of a feeling like something is pushing up higher, making it just so miserable to work.

I've had two CT scans that showed absolutely nothing,as I was told. On an abdominal ultrasound, it shows a ill-defined border and a 1.5 cm mass. Blood tests were ok other than my usual mildly low white count (with lupus) and low potassium. First thought to be a hernia but ruled out. Colonoscopy was to be next before I was terminated from my recently new job. Meaning no insurance. I m so confused and just want to feel better without all the runaround.

Still sane: -)
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replied March 18th, 2012
Ask your doctor to consider your pancreas.
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replied March 20th, 2012
Left sided LIVER cysts
I just spent 8 hours in the emergency room due to this undescribale pain and discomfort in my left ribs and all the way to my back. I was mildly constipated and VERY nauseated and just felt terrible. Sadly, at first, I didn't want to go because of all the runaround I've been getting. I thank God for my loving and caring family who encouraged me to go. In the ER, the RN who assessed me felt the lump in my stomach, but as she continued this quick uncomfortable process, the expressions on her face were "worrisome ". She asked more questions and said, "you've been like this for how long?" Two months! When she said, "I'll be right back" I didn't think she'd come back so quickly and with the ER doctor behind her. Repeated questions were asked and answered. He assesses me right at the ER's check in area and says, "let me go ahead and get some tests ordered and something for your pain as I can see you're very miserable". From that point, I suddenly had a sigh of relief. I'm thinking to myself, "finally someone believes me!" As I was waiting to be called back, the nurse comes out and explains why I must drink 2 bottles of this white looking stuff...lol. Yes, stuff. It was a contrast Berry smoothie for a CT Scan to be performed...yuk! I was hesitant at first because of the first 2 "normal" CT's. I was given fluids as the doc said I was dehydrated. I was FREEZING and just couldn't stop this shaking. It felt like I was literally lying on a huge piece of ice. My bones ache in my upper back. So, sum it up, they also did a IV contrast once I was taken to CT. When the tech said,"I need to make a phone call", I thought the worst. Anyway, end of it all showed multiple liver cysts with the largest being approximately 6mm and this is the lump I feel. I association have a mildly collapsed cyst on my left ovary. The doc had a long discussion with me about following up with a gastroenterologist because of my ongoing stomach probs. I am just so puzzled with this diagnosis. Since the contrast smoothie, my stomach has been doing this weird gurgling like sound and finally I was able to have a weird mucousy looking bowel movement. I was released with instructions and will be seeing gastro in a few days. How concerned should I be? Where in the world do liver cysts come from? I Googled it and got no real answers. But I still felt relief because we were getting somewhere.


Still uncomfortable and my bowels are really overactive. I was advised to take Maalox or Prilosecfor this. I'm just so curious about what's next.
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replied March 30th, 2012
GLUTEN!!!!
That is a common side effect of a gluten intolerance (Celiac Disease), and many auto-immune diseases such crohn's disease, behcet's, lupus, etc.

Stop eating gluten and dairy for two weeks. If you see an improvement then you probably have Celiac, if not, see your doctor cause you may have an auto-immune disease.
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replied May 16th, 2012
The spleen is located just under the ribs on the left side. Many things can cause spleen pain, including viral infections, bacterial infections, parasites and yes drinking. Cirosis of the liver can cause the spleen to swell and become painful ( caused by drinking.)
Mononucleosis is a viral infection that can often cause swelling of the spleen ( I had this and it's not fun.. Can take a month or two to get better and there's no "cure")
I continue to battle fatigue and occasional discomfort in this area which is what led me to read more.
I felt the need to post as there are a couple posts claiming there are no organs on that side which is not accurate! Also my Dr. Pushed around and it was tender so don't assume if there is tenderness to touch that it's not a swollen spleen but an issue with your ribs. I guess the best advice I can give is take what you read in forums on the net with a grain of salt and seek professional medical consultation and treatment.
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replied July 13th, 2012
URGENT: Mis-diagnosis of Pain, now turned into a PANCREATIC CYST
I have had a dull pain (like I have been punched) under my left rib cage for at least 4 years. I only feel the pain mainly in the morning especially if I sleep on my left side, which I have attempted to stop doing over the years. Apart from the occasional and annoying pain in this area (and sometimes feeling like "something" is "there") my health has been good. I have read a lot of these forums looking for answers and it seems that people have been given the same ridiculous excuses that I was given, that have caused a HUGE potential problem for me now having been PROPERLY diagnosed. When I visited my (previous) doctor about the pain, he suggested the following causes:

1) Muscle strain: You can only have continuous muscle strain in this area if you had trauma to this area such as a car accident - which I have not
2) Muscle pain due to a "bad" mattress: this seems ridiculous as if you had a bad mattress wouldn't you get muscle pain all over?
3) Diagestive tract issues in the large bowel caused by IBS: Now this one is tricky as it CAN cause the pain and I have had stomach issues for years. Dr. finally sent for a colonoscopy which revealed inflation, which after a blood test revealed that I was lactose intolerant..which again CAN cause this symptom. Note here that if you are lactose intolerant you could be a celiac as well, lactose intolerance is usually a symptom of celiac disease which can cause the pain symptom.

So after being diagnosed with lactose intolerance and STILL having the pain...I found a new doctor who recently sent me for an ultrasound. Got the call from her this morning that I have a pancreatic cyst and now have to go for a CT scan. Have been doing a lot of research on line, check out Mayo Clinic and Medicinenet. I strongly urge all of you who have had this type of pain to push your docs for an ultrasound and CT scan and mention pancreatic cysts. The PCs present in various forms and harmfullness across the sexes and age....the most fatal ones being cancerous which if you have pancreatic cancer (according to statistics) really means you pooched...pancreatic cancer is one of the top 4 most fatal cancers that you get and lifespace from the day of diagnosis is usually measured in months. I will post more info once I have had my scan.
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replied July 13th, 2012
URGENT: Mis-diagnosis of Pain, now turned into a PANCREATIC CYST
I have had a dull pain (like I have been punched) under my left rib cage for at least 4 years. I only feel the pain mainly in the morning especially if I sleep on my left side, which I have attempted to stop doing over the years. Apart from the occasional and annoying pain in this area (and sometimes feeling like "something" is "there") my health has been good. I have read a lot of these forums looking for answers and it seems that people have been given the same ridiculous excuses that I was given, that have caused a HUGE potential problem for me now having been PROPERLY diagnosed. When I visited my (previous) doctor about the pain, he suggested the following causes:

1) Muscle strain: You can only have continuous muscle strain in this area if you had trauma to this area such as a car accident - which I have not
2) Muscle pain due to a "bad" mattress: this seems ridiculous as if you had a bad mattress wouldn't you get muscle pain all over?
3) Diagestive tract issues in the large bowel caused by IBS: Now this one is tricky as it CAN cause the pain and I have had stomach issues for years. Dr. finally sent for a colonoscopy which revealed inflation, which after a blood test revealed that I was lactose intolerant..which again CAN cause this symptom. Note here that if you are lactose intolerant you could be a celiac as well, lactose intolerance is usually a symptom of celiac disease which can cause the pain symptom.

So after being diagnosed with lactose intolerance and STILL having the pain...I found a new doctor who recently sent me for an ultrasound. Got the call from her this morning that I have a pancreatic cyst and now have to go for a CT scan. Have been doing a lot of research on line, check out Mayo Clinic and Medicinenet. I strongly urge all of you who have had this type of pain to push your docs for an ultrasound and CT scan and mention pancreatic cysts. The PCs present in various forms and harmfullness across the sexes and age....the most fatal ones being cancerous which if you have pancreatic cancer (according to statistics) really means you pooched...pancreatic cancer is one of the top 4 most fatal cancers that you get and lifespace from the day of diagnosis is usually measured in months. I will post more info once I have had my scan.
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replied August 4th, 2012
My Dr. finally told me it was a popped rib and that I would just have to learn to live with it. I don't know. I tend to trust my Dr. but I am not sure on this one. It's been years now and I still have the pain or strange feeling, like a hallow feeling. Every night for over a year now I have had trouble getting to sleep with it. Many times during the day it is also in issue. Driving me nuts!!!!
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replied December 2nd, 2012
uncomfortable pain under left rib
I've had the same problem for a month now...kind of like I went running or swimming right after eating & got a side cramp on my left side under my rib. I eat a somewhat healthy diet & drink coconut & almond milk..no cows milk. I am going to try a detox next..it's been awhile since I've had one.
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replied February 5th, 2013
I regularly suffer IBS and develop severe cramps and very bad flatulence. I was helping move furniture and later on about 5 hours developed a sharp pain in my left side just under the ribs when breathing in deeply and was concerned it was my diverticulitis returning ( I spent a week in hospital last time !) so went to see the doctor. After a thorough examination said I had ruptured a muscle under my ribs and gave me a panadeine/ codeine forte script. Because I didn't have a temperature and wasn't nauseous it was most likely not diverticulitis, thank god! Diverticulitis is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, a week with no food or water intake and antibiotics that make you dry retch every half hour and you just want to die! So the point is if you have pain in the side see the doctor otherwise your brain goes into overdrive and thinks up all sorts of explanations for your pain ( I did
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replied April 11th, 2014
Pain in Lower Left abdomen
I'm having similar issues. It's almost like appendicitis, but on the lower left side,so it's not that. I'm 33 years old and don't drink alcohol, so I pretty sure that has nothing to do with it. At first I thought it was just period cramps, but it doesn't go away. Then I get a hollow, tender feeling there as well. I also have been having more gas and constipation. I haven't checked with the doctor, since I can't afford it. Wish I could find something to help treat it. Zantac and Tylenol don't seem to be helping.
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