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September 30th, 2009
ok everyone i went to doctor about year and a half ago for same problem they gave me ranitidine 150mg they said it was acid reflux(they didnt run any test so not sure how they came up with that) but i stop taking them about two weeks later pain been comming and going since then (be gone a day or two max) so i started taking them again as well as drinking cherry mylanta and eating a lot of fruit (oranges seemed to make it burn more) not sure which one doing the trick but pain seems to be going away i have had this for about three years im 31 years old. hope it helps if pain returns ill let you guys know if you guys find anything else out let me know as well thanks
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replied October 10th, 2009
pain under my rib cage
ettababe ok all people am mess myself, i have had the same pains for years now, but read this, is gas,i did endoscopy to know.avoid stress, noalcohol no raw onions no citus juice,no beans, pls avoid spies food,try not gettn annoyed cos u produce my gas,eat a little at a time.then try rinatidin, antacid at nite,omeperzole,try doing test for h.pylori. hope this help.sori am 35 by the way with kids.stay calm all the time it helps
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replied October 12th, 2009
Hi All,

For those who have the left-side pain below the ribs, and who have had the tests (colonoscopy, u/s scan, CT scan, MRI scan, Barium Swallow etc) showing negative results, it is a possibility you may have Splenic Flexure Syndrome.

There are no tests to diagnose this condition, nothing would be seen on a scan or x-ray. It can only be diagnosed clinically, on the basis of symptoms.

It is a condition where gas gets trapped in the
Splenic Flexure (the bend) of the colon, sometimes causing the colon to bulge outwards. This causes pressure, soreness and pain, which can be either intermittent, or constant, or sometimes worse than others.

Other typical symptoms are muscle spasms moving up the chest and back, shortness of breath, nausea, swollen joints...

I have just been diagnosed with the condition after
4 years of investigations!!

One of the causes (applicable in my case) is a difficulty in digesting carbohydrates. Carbs that are not fully digested, though lack of enough of the right enzymes, cause large amounts of gas in the bowel. The colon of some people can be sensitive to this and and can go into spasm, trapping the gas in the process.

In some people Splenic Flexure Syndrome is linked with constipation, though this is not true in my case, as I have neither constipation or diarrhea.

I have just started a low carb diet, and am also taking digestive enzyme supplements. After less than a week on this new routine I am already seeing a reduction in pain levels and a gradual improvement in my other symptoms.
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replied October 18th, 2009
Pain inside and below my lower left rib
This is so reassuring to read you all have what I have. My pain started about 7 years ago as sharp nagging pains in that region that I was sure were muscular. Doctors have sent me over the years for scans and blood tests but nothing is showing up. It has been getting worse to the extent that it feels like there is something more internal and not only muscular. Sometimes the pain spreads up to my chest and back. My pain gets worse after sitting down. It has recently been keeping me awake at night if I lie on my left side - it feels like the 'thing' growing there is cramped. I also tend to get pain in my shoulder blades from not exercising a lot and bad posture and am starting to wonder if this is related. The problem is that like some of you have mentioned because we don't know what is going on and exercise can contribute to it - I'm reluctant to get into exercise to vigorously. I never had this pain before carrying my second child at age 34 and recall feeling a sharp pain in that vicinity nearly at around the 8 month mark - so have always wondered about a muscle tear that hasn't healed.
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replied October 22nd, 2009
22 yr f, rib pain
I am 22 yrs old female. I am having left rib pain right below my breast. Sometimes I feel it in right side too. I am having this pain for many years, but it was very occasional. But I have been noticing this problem more now. I never smoked, never had a drink. What can it be?
plz help
I have long way to go Sad
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replied November 4th, 2009
i have a pain in my ribs at the very bottom of them. mostly in the left rib towards the bottom of my ribs by the stomach area.
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replied November 11th, 2009
Pain under left rib cage
I have the same damn pain under my left ribcage now for a couple of months. It seems to be getting progressively worse. I have had acid reflux and gas porblems on and off for many years now. My mind runs from every thought from: gas to cancer. It now feels like there is a little swollen painful node next to and slightly under my left rib cage just below where the rib cage seperates at the V. Are you all experiencing the same thing? It almost feels to me like it is some kind of hernia caused by the acid reflux and the gas??? Any of you with these same symptoms been diagnosed properly???
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replied November 11th, 2009
left ribcage pain
I have the same nagging, burning, pressure-type pain in my lower left rib cage and have for about a year now. sometimes when i press on it, it relieves the pain. sometimes it radiates to my back. i've been to 5 doctors and finally one sat down with me and discussed everything and poked around and he said it had to be a pinched nerve underneath my ribcage. i've been prescribed percoset and lortab for it and it helps but i don't want to be on this medication forever. maybe this will help.
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replied November 17th, 2009
Pain in chest just under left rib cage
Daeda, and everyone else who wrote to this blog, thank you, thank you, thank you!! This sounds like the same pain I've been having for well over 15 years! I've been through the battery of tests spoken of here. There is another symptom I have yet to hear. Oftentimes when my pain come on, I feel what I would describe as and "echo" of the same pain in my left calf muscle. When it happens, it lasts for the same amount of time, with the same intensity. Someone please tell me they have that too! If anyone ever finds out what this very annoying pain is, please let us all know!!
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replied November 22nd, 2009
Not sure if your pain is the same as mine but mine is under my left rib cage/back area. This is the second time I've had it this week and it's painful to move around or take deep breaths. It feels similar to getting a stich in your side from running, just higher up. Years ago, I had my tubes tied, had the surgery and went home the same day and the doctor warned me I would most likely have an awful pain in between my should blades the next couple of days and was due to gas caused by the surgery---which I did have. The rib pain feels very similar to that as well. Apparently gas is something that can form in various places and cause all sorts of weird pain. I'm fairly convinced that's what my problem is and the bigger concern is why is it suddenly forming there? Hope you find your answers.
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replied December 5th, 2009
Ouch....charlie that really hurts lol
Hi i am Having pain under my left lower rib and it hurts most wen i colf Kindda hurts wen i put my hand on it to.Im not a drinker or anything and have not been lifting heavy things or working out..........Please anyone know what it Might be write me.
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replied December 7th, 2009
Years of Experience-Same problem
Have had acid reflux for about three years now, this is common for heartburn sufferers as well. Just take maalox or something similiar and do not, I repeat, do not listen to everything the doctors tell you. It took them two years to figure out I had acid reflux and honestly they don't help much. Listen to your body yourself.
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replied January 7th, 2010
your all going to laugh but 2 months ago i got hit in my side with a pudding cup. well not hit. whippped in the side with a dang pudding cup. since then i have had pain in my left side that comes and goes and couldnt bare it anymore. i have to get a cat scan done and my doc gave me a perscription for the pain sometimes it goes away and sometimes i dont feel it that bad. other times im litterlay grabing my side and begging for the pain to go away. i hope this doesnt last forever my doctor thinks its an ulcer dont know what kind yet but it sure in the hell better not mark out drinking for me im 19 years old i have a ways to go. and i dont even drink THAT much 5 beers in and im done. my question is tho i want to drink tonight will it hurt me more? sooooooo annoyed by this. basicaly you have just GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. i pray this goes away. and why am i all the sudden feeling this after i got hit in the side if its an ulcer you know? wouldnt that be something that just appers without being hurt before hand? HEEEELLP?!?!?
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replied January 9th, 2010
Rib Cage Pain
I have posted on this before, but I come with new news,
I had the same pain under my left set of ribs, but it comes rarely now, and when it comes I tell my parents to drive me to the doctor but they don't believe me. My mom says it's PMS, but it isn't. I don't know how I got the pain to come just rarely, but I do take a lot of asprin, like 3 pills every 6 hours, but I would suggest getting even more active or when the pain comes, really try to keep your mind off the pain.

Sorry if this doesn't help.
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replied February 7th, 2012
That's way too many aspirin! All NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) aspirin is one, should be taken very sparingly. They should be taken with a little food such as saltine crackers. It is possible for someone who has taken aspirin for years to reach a point where they can't tolerate even 1 aspirin. NSAIDs eat away at the lining of the stomache causing ulcers. If you're taking aspirin because you're having pain, ask your doctor about helping you find the cause of the pain instead of just trying to get rid of it with aspirin. There are other pain killers that are not NSAIDs. Ask the doctor about them.
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replied January 11th, 2010
pain under my left rib cage
hi forum,
i hav a sevre pain under my left rib cage. it started on 26 dec 2009 2 weeks ago iam an alcaholic and that day i wanted to finish my life and took lots of over dose but i didn`t die just had to be in hospital for couple of days. i did not had a drink even since that day and its 12/1/10 today without anybody`s help and iam stuborn. iam not goin to drink again ...thumbs up to me....even though this pain is really hurting. but it could be stress related as some people mentioned in the forum here. it was help full to read the postings
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replied January 21st, 2010
i've read most of the posts written here because i have been concirned by similar things: the pain just below my left rib on the front and sometimes on the back. few days after the pain my body temperature started rising up to 39.4 especially in the evening and during the night. just for extra safety my doctor sent me to take an x-ray of my lungs and before my lab tests showed that my erythrocyte sedimentation rate was way up high, the x - ray showed pneumonia and all the pain below the ribs (suspection was on kidneys actually) was probably just a reaction pain, and there were no symptoms of pneumonia actually.
and the basics - i'm a 22 year old female.

thank you
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replied January 26th, 2010
Hey ... i too hav been experiencing dat pain ... its horrible since um studyin i cnt juss sit straight i need to lie dwn immediateli 2 reduce da pain ... its gettin worse ..... does anibdy noe wht exactli it is ??
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replied January 26th, 2010
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Finall1
Congrats on quitting drinking. As an alcoholic (in recovery for almost 7 yrs) I know that I need a 12 step program (AA) to help me stay sober. About your left upper quadrant pain-could be pancreatitis. I got that multiple times when I was drinking. You could have it even though you stopped b/c it hasn't been that long yet. Pancreatitis is serious and can be lifethreatening. I urge you to get a full physical and blood tests immediately. Be honest about your past drinking. feel free to pm. Welcome to a new way of life.
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replied February 3rd, 2010
Pain under left rib cage. Likely acid reflux
I woke up with the same symptoms last weekend. Pain in the front just under the left rib cage getting more severe when I twist my upper body or press against it. From what I can tell, a lot of the people on here have the same symptoms, and have similar history.
High alcohol use or high levels of stress can induce acid reflux attacks which could possibly be the cause of pain in this location.
If you do not drink or are not under high levels of stress it could be something more serious. See a doctor.
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replied February 9th, 2010
Same lower left rib pain
I just recently started having very similar pain. It is right under my last left rib. At first i thought it was a bruise, but in the past 2 weeks since its started it has gotten way worse. Even in the past 2 days it seems 10 times worse. When i lay or sit it hurts to move certain ways, and now even when i stand it hurts. I dont use drugs or alcohol but i smoke cigarettes. I dont have any health problems and i am only 20, i have no idea what i could be and i have no health insurence so i cant go to the doctor. It is getting really annoying and is even starting to make me naseous and dizzy sometimes.
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