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January 4th, 2006
Angel kitty, how old are you? I first had it when I was 19 and technically there is no age for the condition. Both the young and old can get it.
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replied January 4th, 2006
Anatomy
Just to confirm your anatomy. Under left rib 12 you will find the stomach. Sometimes the large intestine or transverse colon is infront of the stomach. It depends on each individuals anatomy. The gall bladder is a small pcoket located under the liver which is on the right side of your body. The gall bladder is midway between your right rib 12 and your naval height wise and half way between your naval and your side. The gall bladder will contain any gall stones which are calcified stones that can vary in size and shape.
Some of the pains that have been described could be wind passing through your duodenum. If the area there is enflamed for whatever reason it is sensitive.
When food leaves your stomach it is very acidy and again you can experience pain as this acidy substance passes over any sensitive areas. The food then moves through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum and bile is pumped into the area. Bile is a strong alkali fluid and neutralises the acid.
I'm also putting up with a stomach ulcer for the third time in 10 years so don't panic. What most of you are feeling will pass. The advice I will give you is
1. Get tested for h pylori - if you've got it have antibiotics to kill it
2. If things aren't getting better after 8 weeks have an endoscopy to check there is nothing more serious going on and
3. Don't suffer in silence. Keep seeing your dr until you get the problem sorted.
Hope this helps.
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replied January 4th, 2006
Me Tooooo!!!!
Hi folks. I too have been experiencing this dull, "pain in the ribs" nuisance for about a year. I have never gotten it checked out and feel that if it were something terminal it would have dibilitated me by now. I notice that when I sit around and think about it while the dullness is occuring, it usually persists longer. However the dullness only intensifies after I play a three hour guitar gig. So pain after singing for a period of time leads me to believe it could be a slowly healing bruise heightened by worry. I am not a doctor, but my father died of pancreatic cancer last christmas just five months after being diagnosed, so I think if this nuisance were a real problem our bodies would not hesitate to let us know. It is very comforting to read your stories concerning this matter. I guess I want be named after this rare disease after all since i'm not alone. Just kidding guys. I think we will all be fine. Look forward to reading other replies.



Greg
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replied January 18th, 2006
Pain On Left Side Rib Cage
Hi I am a new member. I have had cervical cancer and been through treatment and been in remission for 2 1/2 years, but for the past 8months or so I have had this pain on my left side where my rib cage is my doctor had me get a chest x ray, ultrasound and back x rays still he finds nothing and the pain is still there.
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replied January 24th, 2006
Pain Under My Ribs On the Right Hand Side
Last week I got a sudden stabbing pain on both sides and within a few minutes I had terrible back pain around my spine, since then the pain has died down but I have a pain under my ribs on the right side its not normally noticeble unless I cough hard or sneeze however it does hurt if you push on where the pain would be.
Any idea on what this could be?
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replied January 24th, 2006
Pain/dull Ache Behind Left Ribcage
I've had the same pain/ache behind the left ribcage also, for several years. Sometimes it is more noticeable than at other times. My regular doc(s) pretty much blew my complaints off. During a regular gyn exam recently, I happened to mentioned it to my doc, and without hesitating, she said it was due to constipation, and that is where the transverse colon is. I was having constipation problems, and have always had on and off problem with it for at least several years. She said drink plenty of water and increase fiber intake. When I do this consistently, it seems to help. My problem is, so far, that i'm not disciplined enough to stay at it. Still trying though! Has anyone tried increasing their water intake and fiber to see if it helps?
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replied February 5th, 2006
I have been experiencing this same pain for about 3 months now..... However mine sometimes wraps around my left side and goes into my back. It comes and goes - I can go a week with nothing and then if I start thinking about it not hurting, it starts to hurt me... So i'm guessing
it's psychosomatic. The mind is very powerful.

I've been told that alot of stress and pent up anxiety can cause this. I've been having alot of problems at work and some kid issues and I think the stress is building itself up and manifesting into physical pain. I sleep great and eat normally and have normal bathroom visits. It does tend to last longer when I am thinking about and and then I worry that it's something terrible. My doctor checked me for a hernia and found nothing.

Thanks to all for all the advice.... I guess the big thing is not to worry about things.... It can take a toll on you in many ways.....


Tks much
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replied February 14th, 2006
Rib Pain
Dear fellow sufferers . First i'm glad i'm not crazy and others are dealing with this also . Here is my story . I'm 39 about 9yrs ago I had my gallbladder out , since then I have had this on and off pain starting with burning between my ribs and to the left side and around to my back , symptoms would come and go . Complaints to the Dr. Would only prompt nexium or previcid perscription and it would help and I tend to ignore it when it would happen after that . One month ago , the pain got real bad with intence burning in my stomach , primary Dr. Sent me for a ct scan and did blood work , all was normal , don't ya hate that reply , because I don't feel normal ! So he sent me to the gastro Dr. Could only see the nurse practioner but she was stumped and called the Dr. In shareing with him I was very bloaded look 5 mths pregnant , no blood in stool . So he ordered a scope for my stomach 2wks away . That was today and guess what he found nothing ! And now wants to do a colonoscopy . I guess dr's don't read e-health ??? Have any of you done a colon cleanse that works on parasites ? I am going to do it and see if it helps , i'm going into debt with all these dr bills and meds , even with insurance it is high . Well I will let you all know what happens on this journey , hang in there it is only a trial , that we can learn something from . Maybe teach the dr's something in the process . :0)
other symptoms I have noticed , oily hair , fatique , moody , irregular bm , weight gain , heart palpetates , stomach cramping , stomach acid , reflux , low grade fever 99.6 today at the scope appt. But they didn't seem concerned . Bloated so bad people are asking how many months ?
Thanks :)
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replied February 25th, 2006
Pain Under Left Ribcage
I have been experiencing pain in this area also. I run 3 miles a day, 3-4 days per week so I thought it could be a running injury. Does anybody drink lots of coffee (2 ventis a day) or have constipation with this condition? Those are a couple of my symptoms(lifestyles) which I know are different from before I had the pain.
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replied February 25th, 2006
Colon Cleansing Working
Hi just an update , I started the colon cleanse 2wks this wed , and the pain under the ribs is almost all the way gone . It consist of parasite pills and fiber drink and lots of water and a herbal tea at night that helps with constipation . I have not seen strange things yet but it is different . The stomach scope showed nothing , now Dr. Wants to do a colonoscopy , I have never had one so I guess i'm due . Hope it helps somebody , like it has me . Before I could not lay on the left side due to the pain . Thanks . Wendy
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replied March 13th, 2006
Similar Symptoms
I googled this website and thought i'd throw my symptoms out and see if anyone has any ideas as to what it might be. It seems as though there are some very knowledgable people in the forum that might have been where I am a while ago.

For about nine months now, i've had a gnawing pain under my left ribcage... Mainly lower half, but occassionally moves to upper left ribs. I've had occassional constipation and recently have seen mucus and had a smell in my stool. Early on I had two bowl movements that had long white stringy twisty tissue and again two days ago. I have had stress and some sleepless nights. I'm a 40 year old male.

I've been tested for h-pylori and blood in stool and both came back negative. I tried the prilosec otc for two weeks and something stronger the doctor prescribed and it both made the gnawing pain go away until a few days after I stopped taking it. Then I tried ulcertrol which made it feel better again until I stopped taking it. I'd also used the gdl and then gnc colon cleanse and increased the amount of water I drink, which made me feel better after I went to the bathroom but the gnawing comes back later. Also, I feel better after I eat but the pain comes back an hour or two later. I've cut out spicy foods and citrus/acidic foods and just started increasing fiber in my diet. On good days the gnawing pain goes away when i'm out playing with the kids or when I excercise (i just stared doing the treadmill), but comes back when I stop. My grandmother had diverticulitus, I considered ulcer first then maybe ibs then maybe zollinger ellison syndrome, now i've read a little about splenic flexure syndrome after seeing this site. I haven't heard much about the mucus in the stool or smell on the posts or when reading about the possible causes... Maybe because it's tabu, but i'm curious if that symptom has any significance. I'm going back to the general practitioner and he might suggest an abdominal ct scan or colonoscopy or blood tests for white blood cells as well as my protein level in my urine. I'm thinking it could be colitis - ulcerative, distil or left side. Could even be parasites or colon cancer. Sounds like it will be expensive and time consuming to figure out without little guarantee of diagnosis verus my $2,000 insurance deductible. I'll keep the string posted in case someone else has similar symptoms.
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replied March 25th, 2006
Just reading over this, what do you mean by dull pains, does it feel as tho the ribcage bone is pushing against the skin slightly? Or does it feel as tho theres a deep pain and is it like a feeling more than a pain?
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replied March 27th, 2006
Update - Pain In Lefthand Side of Ribs/stomach
Fellow sufferers-

i'm posting this in case 1.) it helps someone else and 2.) any advice or additional knowledge would be appreciated.

Finally, bit the bullet and did the upper gi and colonoscopy per recommendation of primary physician and gi specialist. Colonoscopy was normal and my gi says I have ibs. The upper gi diaganosis was gastritis, which is strange because I don't drink cofee or alcohol, take aspirin or any nasids, and was negative for h-pylori, etc... And don't have half the syptoms such as nausua or vomitting, bloating or feeling of fullness. I do have the belching and pain in the upperleft portion of my rib cage that gets worse when hungry or after meals.

Gastritis
the stomach, as everyone knows from watching tv ads, is j-shaped and collects swallowed food and liquid. It then methodically grinds the food into small pieces and squirts it out in tiny jets of fluid into the duodenum which is the first portion of the small intestine.

There are several types of cells lining the stomach. One produces hydrochloric acid and another, pepsin, a digestive hormone. Along with the grinding motion of the stomach, these chemicals break down the food and prepare it for digestion.

What is gastritis
gastritis means inflamation of the stomach. It means that white blood cells move into the wall of the stomach as a response to some type of injury. Gastritis does not mean that there is an ulcer or cancer. It is simply inflammation–either acute or chronic. What are the causes of gastritis?

Helicobacter pylori
this is the name of a bacteria that has learned to live in the thick mucous lining of the stomach. Although it doesn't actually infect the underlying tissue, it does result in acute and chronic inflammation. It probably occurs early in childhood and remains throughout life unless antibiotics cure it. The infection can lead to ulcers and, in later life, even to stomach cancer in some people. Fortunately, there are now ways to make the diagnosis and treat this disorder.

Autoimmune gastritis - pernicious anemia
the immune system makes antibodies and other proteins that fight off infection and keep the body healthy. In some disorders, the body mistakenly targets one of its own organs as a foreign protein or infection. It makes antibodies against it and can severely damage or even destroy the organ. Diseases such as lupus, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and the type of diabetes that requires insulin, are examples. The stomach lining also may be attacked by the immune system leading to loss of the stomach cells. This causes acute and chronic inflammation which can result in a condition called pernicious anemia. The anemia occurs because the body no longer can absorb vitamin b12 due to a lack of a key stomach factor, destroyed by the chronic inflammation. Stomach cancer can even occur later in life.

Aspirin & nsaid gastritis
nsaid stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These are arthritis and pain relievers and include the over-the-counter drugs advil, naprosyn, motrin and ibuprofen as well as many prescription arthritis medicines such as voltaren, feldene, lodine and relafen. Along with aspirin, they reduce a protective substance in the stomach called prostaglandin. These drugs usually cause no problems when taken for the short-term. However, regular use can lead to a gastritis as well as a more serious ulcer condition.

Alcohol
alcohol and certain other chemicals can cause inflammation and injury to the stomach. This is strictly dose related in that a lot of alcohol is usually needed to cause gastritis. Social or occasional alcohol use is not damaging to the stomach although alcohol does stimulate the stomach to make acid.

Hypertrophic gastritis
at times, the folds in the stomach will become enlarged and swollen along with the inflammation. There is not a great deal known about why this occurs. A variation of this type of gastritis is called ménétrier's disease where the gastric folds become gigantic. With this condition, there is often protein loss into the stomach from these weeping folds.

Miscellaneous
there are other but rarer types of gastritis such as eosinophilic, phlegmonous (a severe bacterial infection) and granulomatous gastritis.

Symptoms
the symptoms of gastritis depend on how acute it is and how long it has been present. In the acute phase, there may be pain or gnawing in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting. In the chronic phase, the pain may be dull and there may be loss of appetite with a feeling of fullness after several bites of food. Very often, there are no symptoms at all. If the pain is severe, there may be an ulcer as well as gastritis.

Diagnosis
the physician may suspect gastritis by listening to the medical history. However, the only certain way to make the diagnosis is by endoscopy and biopsy of the stomach lining. Endoscopy is an exam where, under mild sedation, a lighted flexible scope is passed into the stomach. Pictures can be taken but, more importantly, biopsies can be obtained for analysis under the microscope. An upper gi x-ray exam and certain blood studies may be helpful.

Treatment
the treatment of gastritis will depend on its cause. For most types of gastritis, reduction of stomach acid by medication is often helpful. Beyond that, a specific diagnosis needs to be made. Antibiotics are used for infection. Elimination of aspirin, nsaids or alcohol is indicated when one of these is the problem. For the more unusual types of gastritis, other treatments may be needed. Gastritis by itself is rarely a serious problem.

Complications
the cause of most types of gastritis is known and effective treatment and preventive measures are available so that serious complications are unusual. One exception is the h. Pylori infection which, when present for a long time, may lead to stomach cancer in some individuals. This infection can also lead to a malignancy of the lymph system called a lymphoma. One such low-grade lymphoma is called a malt lymphoma. Eliminating the infection from the stomach often cures this type of lymphoma.

Summary
the causes of gastritis are varied. The symptoms can be acute and severe or chronic, low-grade or even absent. The diagnosis is usually easily made by endoscopy. In most instances, effective treatment is available and serious complications are unusual. By working with the physician, a good outcome usually occurs.


Most individuals are surprised to learn they are not alone with symptoms of ibs. In fact, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) affects approximately 10-20% of the general population. It is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists (doctors who specialize in medical treatment of disorders of the stomach and intestines) and one of the most common disorders seen by primary care physicians.

Sometimes irritable bowel syndrome is referred to as spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach, or irritable colon.

Irritable bowel syndrome, or ibs, is generally classified as a "functional" disorder. A functional disorder refers to a disorder or disease where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works), rather than an identifiable structural or biochemical cause. It characterizes a disorder that generally can not be diagnosed in a traditional way; that is, as an inflammatory, infectious, or structural abnormality that can be seen by commonly used examination, x-ray, or blood test.

Ibs
irritable bowel syndrome is understood as a multi-faceted disorder. In people with ibs, symptoms result from what appears to be a disturbance in the interaction between the gut or intestines, the brain, and the autonomic nervous system that alters regulation of bowel motility (motor function) or sensory function.

Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by a group of symptoms in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with a change in bowel pattern, such as loose or more frequent bowel movements, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Mine is consipation then diarrhea alternating.

Treatment options are available to manage ibs—whether symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe.

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original post:
similar symptoms
posted: 03-13-06 1:24pm

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i googled this website and thought i'd throw my symptoms out and see if anyone has any ideas as to what it might be. It seems as though there are some very knowledgable people in the forum that might have been where I am a while ago.

For about nine months now, i've had a gnawing pain under my left ribcage... Mainly lower half, but occassionally moves to upper left ribs. I've had occassional constipation and recently have seen mucus and had a smell in my stool. Early on I had two bowl movements that had long white stringy twisty tissue and again two days ago. I have had stress and some sleepless nights. I'm a 40 year old male.

I've been tested for h-pylori and blood in stool and both came back negative. I tried the prilosec otc for two weeks and something stronger the doctor prescribed and it both made the gnawing pain go away until a few days after I stopped taking it. Then I tried ulcertrol which made it feel better again until I stopped taking it. I'd also used the gdl and then gnc colon cleanse and increased the amount of water I drink, which made me feel better after I went to the bathroom but the gnawing comes back later. Also, I feel better after I eat but the pain comes back an hour or two later. I've cut out spicy foods and citrus/acidic foods and just started increasing fiber in my diet. On good days the gnawing pain goes away when i'm out playing with the kids or when I excercise (i just stared doing the treadmill), but comes back when I stop. My grandmother had diverticulitus, I considered ulcer first then maybe ibs then maybe zollinger ellison syndrome, now i've read a little about splenic flexure syndrome after seeing this site. I haven't heard much about the mucus in the stool or smell on the posts or when reading about the possible causes... Maybe because it's tabu, but i'm curious if that symptom has any significance. I'm going back to the general practitioner and he might suggest an abdominal ct scan or colonoscopy or blood tests for white blood cells as well as my protein level in my urine. I'm thinking it could be colitis - ulcerative, distil or left side. Could even be parasites or colon cancer. Sounds like it will be expensive and time consuming to figure out without little guarantee of diagnosis verus my $2,000 insurance deductible. I'll keep the string posted in case someone else has similar symptoms.
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replied April 1st, 2006
Upper Left Quadrant Discomfort
I have had the same thing for almost 2 months- feels like there is something there right below the ribcage when sitting or bending over. Like a previous poster said, my discomfort is nearly nonexistant in the morning when I wake up, but presents itself as the day goes on. No other symptoms to speak of. I did have rectal bleeding about 2 months ago, generally around the same time this discomfort started, but doc said this was likely caused by internal hemmoroids and everything has been normal with bowels since. Have just started to increase fiber intake just over a week ago, but haven't noticed much difference yet. I had normal ultrasound and going for colonscopy later this week. I'm nervous about the colonoscopy but I am told by the doctor the chances that we'd find anything serious are relatively low simply because of my age (29). If it was a colon concer (god forbid) would it present itself this way? Its a pretty mild discomfort and I have had no other sypmtoms/issues. Could I feel a colon polyp as a mild discomfort under the ribs?

Anyone have any other tips other than fiber, water and exercise that have worked for you?
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replied April 20th, 2006
Re: Pain Below Left Rib Cage
carolscreation wrote:
finally! Others who have been having this same symptom! Mine started about 2 weeks ago, it was kind of a dull throbbing pain, that then went to a burning piercing pain, and this morning it's swollen. Mine never started and then stopped, it's been a constant 24/7 pain that hurts when I move or breath, i've only noticed that it's swollen this morning. Somebody please tell me what it is! It's not from excerise or doing anything out of the norm. It just literally started from out of no where and it's never gone away. Any help would be appreciated.


Thanks in advance!
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replied May 4th, 2006
Re: Similar Symptoms
Hi,
if you have white stringy stuff in your stool try check for lactose intolerance.
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replied May 7th, 2006
Same Problem
I just started having pain under my left ribcage a week ago and it has become a major worry for me. I'm not real big on going to doctors (always afraid to hear the big "c") so I am hoping to find out through here that it's nothing to worry about. I see alot of folks have the same problem, but what I am concerned about is that my father died of colon cancer. Of course he was 83 and I am only 46, but it still worries me because i'm a smoker.
Having this pain I guess wouldn't be as bad if I didn't already suffer from gallbladder pain continuously, but that's bad enough without getting pain on the other side as well. I take rolaids all the time and even on occassion take one of my husbands prescription stomach pills (for heartburn), but nothing seems to help. I have even cut down on my soda intake and started drinking at least 2-3 bottles of water a day.
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. :)
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replied May 21st, 2006
Experienced User
I have alot of the same problems and can relate. I have been having stomach pains/rib pains for almost two years. Well at first it was supposibly an ulcer then ibs, then just gas. Well this week I woke up with pain in my ovaries I mean pain I was taken to the emergency right on the spot. Well they did an ultrasound and notice my bladder was completely full. Comes back, nothing was found but unusual fluid. So it led the doctor to believe I have had an ovarian cyst to rupture. He gave me some medicine and sent me on my way. The very next morning, I woke up my stomach looked like I was about 6 or 7 months pregnant and I only weight 115 pounds at the most. I had eaten watermelon and was drinking water. I felt like I couldn't pee at all. I tried several times. So we called er again they said bring her in. So I went as soon as I got to a bed they put a catheran in me. I started filling the bag up in a matter of seconds. Well the doctor gave me a choice to stay in the hospital or to take the catheran home. Well I took the choice of going home. Yesterday the hospital was holding a big fund raiser for one of the doctor's wife's <and my boyfriends sister> she has a rare blood disease. So most of the staff was trying to help raise money at the local baseball field for her.

So a forieng doctor was the only one at the hospital and basically he knew nothing whatsoever. I hadn't had a bowel movenment since wednesday. But basically he told me nothing. I was having sever pain in my lower back, rib cage, and ovaries. Well they have me on birth control and antibiotics duh, I mean if you're a girl you know you can't be on both.

Anyone have any suggestions? I was told by a nurse it looked like another cyst was forming. :(
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replied June 7th, 2006
I don't know if this will help anyone, but has anyone been checked for kidney stones. I just go t over being pregnant and I passed two kidney stones. The pain from a kidney stone can be under your left rib. It is a n excruciating pain that can be accompanied by fever, chills and blood in the urine. I hope this helps.
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replied June 8th, 2006
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Yeah I have also had kidney stones before. They hurt :(
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