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Pain from the spleen or pancreas

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I've had a sharp pain under my left ribcage that radiates to my back for the past 3 weeks, lower leg pain, swollen lymph nodes in the groin and underarms, low grade fevers, hurts to take a deep breath. I've been to the ER and physician and they have basically dismissed my symptoms even though my CBC is abnormal and my symptoms persist. I'm a person that is going 110 miles an hour everyday, work out 4 times a week and am very healthy. Any suggestions?

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replied May 25th, 2010
Spleen Answer A12450
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Pain under the left ribcage may appear due to conditions connected with the spleen or pancreas. The spleen can be enlarged due to infections, congestive heart failure of the right atrium and hematological medical conditions such as talasemia, leukemia or lymphoma. In the case of infections the enlargement of the spleen may be accompanied with swollen lymph nodes and increased body temperature. In congestive heart failure individuals may also experience pain under the right ribcage due to an enlarged liver, or may experience bleeding from esophageal veins.

According to the data that you described, you may or may not be experiencing an infection. You may need to have a bacterial culture with an antibiogram from a blood sample to rule out possible bacterial infection. See a hematologist to rule out possible blood connected medical conditions.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as an infectologist or a hematologist for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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