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July 15th, 2005
Omigosh! I have the same thing as all of you do and i'm probably much younger!! Whats wrong? I really want to know what it is! :(
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replied July 20th, 2005
Same Stabbing Pain
I have the same stabbing pain under my lower left ribcage area... Sometimes when it flares up it hurts really bad to inhale... I'm worried that it's my colon because I also have problems with constipation and pains in my rectum... I had an abdominal cat scan and it showed nothing...My doc thinks the next step is a colonoscopy..Which I dread because i'm only 20 years old.... But I may need to go ahead with it to rule out some serious possibilities....And relieve anxiety.

Anxious
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replied July 21st, 2005
Same Kind of Pain
I am a 20 year-old male and have had the same types of pain your describing. Its in the lower part of my rib cage. Ive had many tests including a barium swallow, barium enema, ultrasounds, bloodwork, stoolwork, sigmoidoscopy. None of these things have shown anything except for the barium swallow upper gi test. It showed a hiatal hernia and some acid reflux. Ive started taking nexium but havent noticed any relief of the pain. It seems like a lot of the people experiencing this pain have gerd and a hiatal hernia. Could this be whats causing our pain?
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replied August 11th, 2005
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Read!!!
I have been doing research because I have these same symptoms...
Click on this link http://www.Medicinenet.Com/ulcerative_coli tis/page2.Htm
and read about these related diseases... This may be the answer for some of us. Anyone who is tested for this and diagnosed, let us know!!

I'm going to the doctor monday and I think he is going to schedule me a colonoscopy. If anything comes up i'll post!
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replied August 11th, 2005
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Possible Kidney Stones...
Kidney stones are common and not serious...They pass in the urine over time, some people dont notice them, however if they get bigger they can cause pain and need surgery to remove. I suggest, drink lots of fluid!! Water.. Eat well, healthily. Do some deep breathing which cleanses your system. Yoga is good for this also. Accupunture can help sooth the pain, a self help book costs about £5 from whsmiths.

Go to the doc, get a xray, and make sure it's nothing serious, anxiety causes these pains also. It may be nothing, but get checked out just incase.

Good luck x
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replied August 16th, 2005
Same Pain
I'm 24 years old and have been experiencing the same pain since november last year. I've been for blood tests, x-rays and to the hospital twice and they found nothing.


One doctor that I saw thinks that it could be anxiety causing the pain as my dad passed away last august and it started in november, i'm thinking of trying these anti anxiety tablets for a while to see if they help

has anyone else been treated for anxiety and did it work?
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replied September 23rd, 2005
Pain Under Left Rib Cage
I got my pain this week when I fell on my bike. I'm in good shape, monitor my stress, am middle-aged, and have never had this pain before. It's gone from "sore when I breath" to "sharp, burning pain when I breath or move wrong". I think I simply pulled a muscle and need to rest it and may see the Dr. Next week.
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replied September 26th, 2005
Left Rib Pain
I have had similar pain now for 6 months. The first time I went to the doctor she told me that she thought it was muscular/skeletal and pushed on my rib cage with all her weight but could produce the pain that way. She gave me lortab 5 and sent me home. I lived with it for 4 months then one night had to go to the e.R. The pain was so bad. They ran every blood test that they could think of, x-rays and a ct scan. They finally came back and told me that my spleen was enlarged 50% larger than it should be, not to do any physical activity. They sent me home with lortab 5, ibuprofen 800 mg. My pain is always there and it feels like it is right underneath my ribs, right where my spleen would be. At times it is very severe, severe enough to make me nauseated. I finally went back to my doctor 2 days after e.R. Visit and she looked at the test results and said that she was not convinced that it was my spleen since my blood work was normal. I then had a 2nd ct scan 2 days later and that radiologist said that my spleen was normal. I was very frustrated. My doctor informed me that she would consult with some radiologists with both ct scans to see what they thought. Well 3 weeks later and alot of complaining she called me back and said that yes my spleen was enlarged but they didn't know why and since my blood work is normal (should be anemic with enlarged spleen) she didn't know what it was. When I told her that I didn't want to take a narcotic for pain or anything that was addictive she said she would change my meds to ultram 1-2 every 4-6 hours. Since I have pain on a constant level that means I would have to take it every 4-6 hours for pain. Then I found out that ultram was very addictive. Great!!! So since seeing her again she continues to not know what is going on, asks me 3 different times every visit if I am still on my nexium and I continue to tell her it is not acid reflux type pain, 2 minutes later she asks me the same question almost as if she believes me to be lying and trying to slip me up. So now I am very frustrated. I have this intense pain that pretty much limits everything I do. I am extremely fatigued and I need help. Does anyone have any ideas what the heck is going on? I have a doctor that seems to be running around like a chicken without it's head. And most times when I tell her, "i have put on 30 pounds in 2 1/2 months" her reply to me is, "that doesn't concern me" I have been the same weight all my adult life. I want a doctor that if something concerns me, it should be a concern to them as well. Please help!!
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replied November 9th, 2011
omg this is me excatly i havent went to the dr because i have no insurance i have gained almost 35 ponds in the last 6 months too the pain is so unbarable at times...I would like to know what this is also...
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replied October 7th, 2005
Dull Pain Under Left Rib Cage
I too have been suffering with a dull pain under my left rib cage for about 4 months now. It is definitely worse when I am driving and sitting at the computer. I teach water exercise classes and it does not bother me at all when I am exercising. I recently observed there is a noticible buldge in the same location where the pain is. I too have gained alot of weight over the past six months ( at least 15 pounds) and 30 pounds total over the last year and a half. I thought maybe the buldge was just fatty buildup. I have told myself if it is still bothering me next month I should probably go to my family doctor, but it sounds like most of you have not had much success with that either. It comforts me a little to know that there are others suffering from the same thing and haven't had any horrible diagnosis. I will definitely be saving this site to my favorites and keeping my eye on it regularly, best of luck to all of you suffering with this unexplained pain. :d
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replied October 8th, 2005
Same Pain
I have this pain also. It is triggered off each time I cough hard. Its a very sharp pain.

But when I lie down for a hour hour or so I disapears.

Does anyone know what this pain is?
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replied October 11th, 2005
I also had the same pain but mine was in the middle, after having constant pain there I was diagnosed with gerd, which can cause stomache pains, esophagitis from the gerd, and chronic gastritis, from the gerd, I would suggest you all see a gi doctor, and request and upper endoscopy, ctscans won't pick up anything, they thought I had a hiatial hernia, which of course I don't and that got that from a ctscan!!

That's my 2 cents!! Good lcuk!
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replied October 12th, 2005
Pain Left-side Under Ribs
I have many of the same symptoms. My pain even seems to extend to my back, on the left side only, though my right side gets sore from over protecting my left I think. I've even noticed a bruise in the area, but my pain is much too wide-spread, and the pain was there first. I suppose i've been drinking a lot lately, and working out more than usual, and my eating habits have changed a lot. I've lost about 35 pounds over a few months, but I just don't know what is causing the pain.
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replied October 31st, 2005
Pain Left Side Under Ribs
I have had the same pain for 3 weeks. It is at the bottom of my left ribs. My ribs are tender about half way up but most of the pain is lower. I feel 2 months ago and landed on the left side of my back. I wonder if that has any connection to the rib pain. My lower left back hurt then it seemed to move up to my rib area. I haven't been to a Dr. Yet. I keep hoping that it will go away. Soon.
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replied November 9th, 2005
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. The cause is usually unknown.

Costochondritis (with unknown cause) is a common cause of chest pain in children and adolescents. It accounts for 10-30% of all chest pain in children. Annually, doctors evaluate about 650,000 cases of chest pain in young people aged 10-21 years. The peak age for the condition is 12-14 years.
Costochondritis is also considered as a possible diagnosis for adults who have chest pain. Chest pain in adults is considered a potentially serious sign of a heart problem by most doctors until proven otherwise. Chest pain in adults usually leads to a battery of tests to rule out heart disease. If those tests are normal, and your physical exam is consistent with costochondritis, your doctor will diagnose costochondritis as the cause of your chest pain. It is important, however, for adults with chest pain to be examined and tested before being diagnosed with costochondritis. Often it is difficult to distinguish the two, without further testing.
The condition affects females more than males (70% versus 30%).
Costochondritis may also occur as the result of an infection or as a complication of surgery on your sternum.
Tietze syndrome is often referred to as costochondritis, but the two are distinct conditions. You can tell the difference by noting the following:

tietze syndrome usually comes on abruptly, with chest pain radiating to your arms or shoulder and lasting several weeks.

Sneezing, coughing, deep breathing, or twisting your chest can increase the pain.
Causes section 3 of 13

costochondritis is an inflammatory process but usually has no definite cause. Repeated minor trauma to the chest wall or viral respiratory infections can commonly cause chest pain due to costochondritis. Occasionally, costochondritis as a result of bacterial infections can occur in people who use iv drugs or who have had surgery to their upper chest. After surgery the cartilage can become more prone to infection, because of reduced blood flow in the region that has been operated on.

Different types of infectious diseases can cause costochondritis.

Viral: costochondritis commonly occurs with viral respiratory infections because of the inflammation of costochondral junctions from the viral infection itself, or from straining from coughing.
Bacterial: costochondritis may occur after surgery and be caused by bacterial infections.
Fungal: fungal infections are rare causes of costochondritis.
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chest pain associated with costochondritis is usually preceded by exercise, minor trauma, or an upper respiratory infection.
The pain usually will be sharp and located on your front chest wall. It may radiate to your back or abdomen and is more common on your left side.
The most common site of pain is your fourth, fifth, and sixth ribs. This pain increases as you move your trunk or take deep breaths. Conversely, it decreases as your movement stops or on quiet breathing.
The reproducible tenderness you feel when you press on the rib joints (costochondral junctions) is a constant feature of costochondritis. Without this tenderness, a diagnosis of costochondritis is unlikely.
Tietze syndrome, on the other hand, exhibits swellings at the rib-cartilage junction. Costochondritis has no noticeable swelling. Neither condition involves pus or abscess formation.
Tietze syndrome usually affects the junctions at the second and third ribs.

The swelling may last for several months.

The syndrome can develop as a complication of surgery on your sternum months to years after the operation.
When costochondritis occurs as a result of infection after surgery, you will see redness, swelling, or pus discharge at the site of the surgery.
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replied November 11th, 2005
Same Trouble...
Hello, i'm so glad I found this website because I am having the same pain under my left rib cage and I get very worried when I feel pain where I dont usually...I was reading over all replies...I was thinking when it began this morning it was gas pain...Could that be what it is because im an idiot and know nothing of medical info...I never had this before and its been here since like noon...I also recently started a new diet...Could that also be affecting it? Thank you for reading...






Emily
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replied November 13th, 2005
Re: Glad You All Are Here...
kathib wrote:
i have been having this uncomfortable pain for about a year now, its sometimes on and under my left fib cage right under my breast....It sometimes swells up and feels like a knot, thats when it really hurts. Just recently it has started burning and the pain has been nonstop...Unsure of what it could be. Also noticed that the pain seems to be more persistent when I am upset....Has anyone actually been to a doc and got a clear response?


there is no words to describe how this pain has been bothering me for the past 4 months.
It all started in august when I developed a deep and continuous pain under my ribs on the left side.
Same pain described many times by many of you previously in this post. It also affects the center of the chest, side of the torso and same area in the back. I have been through a lot of stress before it happen but very relaxed since as I been taking it easy, had a long holiday (1 month) and switched caffeine for herbal drinks. Nothing helped the pain... The stress, the exhaustion, all went away apart from the pain.

My heart race has been slightly high as well so my doctor (who I have seen 5 times) has written me for a cardiologist appointment.
I had several ecgs, x-ray and blood tests and all came out fine.

Here is the list of medicines that I have taken for the past 4 months: half-inderal, sedoxil, metanor, paracetamol, gaviscon, omeprazol, atenolol, co-codamol. This last one is what I was prescribed today after my trip to the urgency department in the hospital for the second time.

I live in pain, from the moment I get up to the time I go to bed and doctors just seen puzzled so I am in total desperation. Thinking seriously in to going private care.
Gonna see my doctor again and go from there.

Feels like I am rotten inside and nothing can be done...
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replied November 17th, 2005
Well i'm glad to know that i'm not some freak of nature and that others share my problem... My pain started in august (3 months ago) and I first noticed it while weight lifting (bench press)... At first it was a very intense pain in my lower-left ribcage that "wrapped" around my side to my back, but it only hurt when I moved certain ways or when I breathed or coughed. I thought I had simply pulled a rib muscle or ligament as I have done that before with similar symptoms... After a few days my pain dissipated but I could still feel it lightly when I took deep breaths or moved certain ways or sat in certain positions (especially lying on my back). After a few more days the pain went away and I thought no more of it, a pulled muscle. I have also put on about 30-40 lbs in the past year since I quit smoking. Then about 3 weeks later I woke up one morning and the pain was back, as severe as the first day... Again it dissipated over the next few days until it was gone, and everything was fine for a month or so, although I still could barely feel the pain once in awhile in a deep breath or cough... Then one night about 2 weeks ago I was laying in bed at night to sleep and I felt the pain lightly, and it continued to worsen over the next 30 minutes to excruciating and bringing tears to my eyes. I finally found a position I could manage and took some ibuprofen and finally fell asleep... Since this was the 3rd time I began to get very worried that it might be lung cancer, but the pain really isn't where my lungs are, and at most it would be at the very bottom of my lungs (i am 27 and smoked from 18 to 26), but after looking on the web I determined that since I had no other symptoms of lung cancer that it wasn't that (no fatigue, no abnormal cough, no coughing up blood, fever, etc)... As before the pain again dissipated over the next few days, but now it is an intermittent "light" pain in my lower rib cage that comes and goes from day to day... A few days I won't notice it and think its gone then it will be back out of the blue... I have decided if it gets severe again or the light pain doesn't go away in a few months then I will go to the doctor (since a strained/torn ligament can take up to 3-4 months to heal if not re-injured, and I think this is the most likely diagnosis), but I have very little faith in docotors these days since they seem to be mostly out to take my insurance for all they can get (although they may just be trying to help), and in the past I have had better luck at diagnosing myself correctly than the doctors have had... But at this point the pain is more a nuisance than anything, and doesn't affect my life in any way other than anxiety over what is causing it... Well I thought I would share my story, and if I ever find a correct diagnosis I will try to remember to share it here. Good luck to everyone, and I feel your pain! :wink:
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replied November 19th, 2005
Pain Under Left Rib Cage
Left side pain and swelling
posted: 11-19-05 1:18pm

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has anybody had swelling with the pain? In may on a cruise to alaska, I had a body wrap and the technician noticed a lump on the top of my rib cage on the upper left hand side. She asked if I had any previous problems here. I didn't even notice it until she mentioned it!

Over the last couple of days it has swollen up and I am getting pain at this site now.

Can't get in to see my dr for 2 weeks and am wondering what this might be now.

Any suggestions?
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replied December 26th, 2005
Pain!!!
I am having some of the same symptoms as everyone else but I also am experiencing a lot of water retention (over 35 pounds worth as my Dr. Stated.) the doctor has done blood test on my liver and kidneys, tested me for diabetes, and also checked my thyroid. He said something was a little elevated in my liver results (can't remember what) so he ran a test to see if I had hep. With the rest of the bloodwork. Everything came back normal. But still, I go back and forth with no answer to why I am swelling so much from water retention. I also have the pain in my left side under my rib that goes to right near my right breast and by laying on my back you can feel the knots. I sleep on my stomache but it is getting very painful. Some days I almost have to go to the hospital because the pain is so unbearable. So I really don't know what to think. Any suggestions for me to ask my doctor? :?:
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replied January 4th, 2006
Re: Pain Under Left Rib Cage
It seems to me like most of you have costochondritis, which is the cartilage over your rib cage has become inflamed. You can do one of two things, see a doctor and ask for anti-inflammatory pills and take tylenol or just take the tylenol for the pain. As for myself, i've had this disease for 8 years and nonetheless, I am at the very least achy every day and today, i'm struck with severe pain on my left side that wraps the entire way around to the cartilage on my back. It's not a pretty sight and I feel like a hunchback. My doctor knows i've had it and the only thing that helps very severe cases is vicodin and naproxen for myself and I use a cold gel pack over the area...Do not use heat!

If you see redness and swelling anywhere from the collar bone down to your sternum and around your ribs, this is another condition called tietze syndrome which is the inflammed portion and redness of the costochondritis. I too have this condition. Needless to say most days are not fun and I become immune to vicodin after awhile and have to switch to darvacet and other pain meds back and forth. I'm sure my live loves me! If you want more info and believe you have it see a doctor. They can perform chest x-rays to determine or what my doctor does is one look at my chest for inflammation and redness and then pokes me...Ouch! I've wanted to hit my doctor for that. Yes, breathing and any movement can be very painful for more severe cases. Do not under any circumstance make any sudden moves or exercise while you have it. Rest is the key to this and will only heal and go away for the vast majority in a few weeks to a few months.

You can ask your doctor for a cortizone shot to help ease the pain immediately but it only lasts a few hours. if you have any further questions. I'm a pro at both conditions but i'm not a doctor so when in doubt, call. Hope this helps those who are in pain and worried.
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