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I have been having pain under my left rib cage. When I try to sleep I have to lay on my back. If I'm on my side then the pain increases and hurts my lymph nodes. Some days it is so sore I can't wear my bra. I have been very fatigued lately and today started having sharp pain in my left lower back. I couldn't take a deep breath. What do you think I should ask my Dr. to check for or what do you think I may be dealing with? Thank you, Deb

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replied March 15th, 2009
Gland Disorders Answer A6053

There are several possible causes for enlarged lymph nodes. The exact location of the lymph nodes and the time you first recognized them might have been helpful.
Enlarged lymph nodes appear when there is inflammation in the vicinity. Please have in mind that inflammation does not have to be always accompanied with infection. You might want to visit your family doctor to have him try to find the local inflammation or to confirm or rule out more serious causes for the enlarged lymph nodes. This condition might be caused by problem with the left breast or the spleen. Examining these organs is also recommendable.

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