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stabbing pain on my top left rib, painful to touch!

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I was awoken last night with a sharp stabbing pain on my top left rib. It is extremely painful to touch and also is worse when I take a deep breath in. The pain sometimes radiates through to my back and also under my left armpit. The pain is there constantly and gets worse as soon as I try and move. Do you have any idea what can be causing this pain?

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replied June 7th, 2011
Chest Pain Answer A23828

Welcome to the forum. From your age and symptoms two possibilities are important to be evaluated. The first possibility is of any cardiac disease which can present with left sided pain in chest or under the ribs and is commonly found in post menopausal females. You need to get an EKG and a stress ECHO done at the earliest to rule out this possibility.

Second possibility is of acid reflux or gastritis. Try raising the head of your bed about four inches with blocks. It also might help to avoid eating or drinking for two hours before you lie down. To help control the stomach acid, one should not drink alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them, or eat chocolate or spicy or greasy foods .

Also take some antacid like Mylanta or PPI inhibitor like Omeprazole after consulting your doctor.These will help.

I hope it helps. Take care and regards.

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