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June 7th, 2009
Pain in left side
Well I have a similar issue... I am a 40 year old woman and well I have a history of lymphatic cancer and have a massive spleen, cystic ovaries on both sides and gallstones. Sometimes I have this pain constantly everyday and sometimes I don't. Sometimes the pain shoots around my back and up to my shoulder. I have had ultrasounds, MRI's, CT scans, an endoscopy twice, a PET scan and even a biopsy of the area between my left breast and ribcage. Not one of all these people can find anything! This hurts a LOT!, and nothing seems to relieve it. The doctor that I am tending to believe at the moment says that it is his opinion that my pain is from splenic enlargement (and apparently your spleen can get so large that it extends out of your ribcage), and the pain is from the pressure of it trying to invade the space of my other organs nearby.
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replied June 13th, 2009
I suffered from the same symptoms. The EXACT same. after reading your posts i did not figure they would find anything in the ER, however, they found it was a severe kidney infection. Not sure if it is the same case with you but you might look into it.
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replied June 17th, 2009
I'M SICK! THEY FIRST TOLD ME IT ANXIETY ATTACKS THEN IBS I HAVE A BAD PAIN UNDER MY LEFT RIB CAGE BOES TO MY BACK IT FEELS LIKE THERE IS SOMETHING IN THERE I HAVE LOST A BUNCH OF WEIGHT REALLY BAD IN THE MORNINGS SOME RELIFE AFTER I USE THE BATHROOM NO DIAREHA JUST FUNKY ORANGE STOOL CAN EAT WHAT I WANT DOES NOT BOTHER ME REAL TIRED ALL THE TIME CBC CAME BACK NORMAL NOW MUSCLE TWINGES SICK FEELING ALL THE TIME CAN'T THINK STAIGHT OH YEAH HAD A BLADDER INFECTION DON'T THINK THIS IS THE CAUSE OF IT THE DOCTOR LOOKED ME IN THE EYES AND PROMISED ME THIS WAS NOT CANCER WHAT DO YOU DO THEN
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replied June 27th, 2009
A possible solution
I know this has been up for awhile. But i'm hoping maybe someone might read this. I to get random severe pain on my left side under my ribs. I have also been threw a battery of test. I have recently discovered something though. Every time i get this pain i also notice it seems to radiate to my back. As if its a dull knife that has been shoved straight threw me. Then it dawned on me... the place in my back that hurts is the same place the put the needle when i had both my C-sections. I remember it pretty clearly because they messed up pretty bad on my 2nd one. So everytime i get the pain now, when its not hurting so bad that i cant move, i go see the Chiropractor. It helps. Usually by the end of the day i have no symptoms. So Im thinking that its my disc flairing up and pushing on the nerves that run that area. I looked at board that shows all that stuff and it makes perfect since in my situation. Anyway so just a thought.... if you have this problem and you've had a c-section try a chiropractor. Not promising it will help. But when you have this gut renching pain ... anything helps.
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replied June 29th, 2009
Pain on left side under ribcage
I too have a pain under my left ribcage. It is constant every day and severe some days. This has been going on for over 2 years now. I have had every test under the sun...labs, endoscopy, upper gi, colonscopy, lung tests, acid reflux, pancreas, liver, heart....I mean everything...still no answers. They said it was probably transferred pain from uterus. They took my ovaries, uterus and tubes. Still in pain. They said it could be from one gallstone in my gallbladder. They took my gallbladder. Now they say it could be transferred pain from my spleen. They will be doing a ultrasound to see if it is enlarged but my labs do not show and problems with the spleen. I am soooooo lost on this issure. Some days it hurts so bad I cannot eat. When I do eat my enire stomach gets bloated and enlarged. What the???????? All over this pain under the 4th and 5th rib bone on the left side.
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replied July 3rd, 2009
rib cage pain
I have all of the symtoms as well. have had a chest xray, colonoscopy, bloodwork. all cam back clean. then done a ct scan with contrast found that I had diverticulitus. I take "colon health" probiotic and eat plenty of fiber. it helps but does not eliminate.
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replied July 6th, 2009
If you had chicken pox as a child, you can have flair ups called shingles, it affects the nerve endings which are located on the left side under the ribs. Stress does cause the flair ups. I've had the pain under left ribs for years all sorts of tests. I just had a Dr. tell me it's probably a flair up of shingles. I do sometimes get a small chicken pox break out on one part of my back. Hope this helps
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replied July 6th, 2009
I read all of your replys, symptoms etc... I too have experienced all of the same things. My pain comes and goes, hits me with no rhyme or reason. It feels like a knife was inserted under my rib cage on the left side. I went to the dr. several times, they have done all kinds of tests, nothing ever shows up. I was afraid it might be an aortic anurysim (?), but that also turned out neg. I have complained to my dr. for well over year now. Dr. told me I have irratible bowel. Don't know, guess I'll keep trying or die.
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replied July 9th, 2009
Pain in Upper Left hand side of stomach
I have a throbbing pain in my upper left hand side of my stomach and I do suffer from IBS. I have had an extremely stressful several years however, my chiropractor said it is a hiatal hernia and she is treating me for it.
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replied July 17th, 2009
I've had the same problems for quite a while now. Looking up information on line there's a couple things that it might be related to. One is leaky gut syndrome, which many doctors view in a very skeptical manner. Basically, acid controlling medication has an adverse effect on your body if you take it for too long. It starts to seriously alter the way your digestive system functions. I was on acid control medication for years, and I'm just now starting to realize I need to watch what I eat and not just pop a pill and expect it to take care of everything.

Basically my symptoms: pain and bloating under the left side of the ribcage, dizziness, gas and abdominal pain after eating certain foods (especially dairy), anxiety, lack of energy, shallow heartbeat.

It got to the point where I was shaky after every meal. So I looked up some information, changed my diet to the strict diet suggested and it helped a lot. Things to know: if you're having issues with your digestive system raw garlic is basically the best natural antibiotic available. Food to stay away from: Anything dairy, anything with gluten (breads, pastas, etc.), processed meat (sausage, salami, bologna, etc.), corn, mushrooms, potatos, anything with a lot of starch, alcohol, smoke of any kind, caffeine, fructose sugar (sodas, fruit juice, cookies, cakes, anything dessert really)...

Things to eat: lots and lots of raw vegetables and fruits. Turkey seems to be fine for me, so I generally get my protein that way. Also raw onion is a great natural antibiotic as well.

Taking vitamin B12 pills helps a lot to get your energy back since your body may not be producing it correctly. Most importantly, write down when you aren't feeling good and what you did beforehand. If food is what made you feel bad, then make sure you write down what you eat and stay away from that food until you start feeling better. Your digestive system can form allergies to foods when it's in a state of disrepair and every time you eat that food until your body is feeling better it will automatically fight it off. Hopefully this helps, it's helped me a lot so far. Wanted to share with you in the hope that you start feeling better as well.
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replied July 18th, 2009
man it hurts!
hey dont know if any of you found anything more out about the pain but mine just started today for the first time.....i am around 3 weeks late for my period i have cramps and i just started getting sharp pains in my middle left back with the same pain in the front under my ribcage and pain on my side....iam goin to the doc's tomorrow to find out whats goin on...freeking me out! i am 25 yrs old female..never had this pain before also i am drinker! every weekend
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replied July 22nd, 2009
Pain in left side of stomach
Many of you are describing what may simply be inflammation in your stomach. Several things come to mind to remediate.
1. Take 1 teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda until inflammation subsides.(2-3 times a day). mainteneance dose would 1x per day first thing in the morning.
2. Try a high quality digestive enzyme.
3. Try taking 1 tablespoon of raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with "mother" before meals.
4. Drink 3 oz of aloe vera juice 2-3x per day until inflammation subsides.
All of the above may cause more frequent bowel movements.

Do not drink coffee or soda until pain subsides.Reduce or eliminate going forward.

If you think it is triggered by stress try inhaling theraputic grade essential oils such as lavendar, vetiver, neroli or melissa.



If these above steps do not help you should seek medical diagnostics for something more serious.
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replied July 28th, 2009
I an getting dull but sharp pain in my lower left side and back. This occured after a trip to a pool. Climbing out I felt very sharp pain. Not sure if this is what I am reading diagnosis. That is why I am inquiring on this very painful time.
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replied August 3rd, 2009
Pain at edge of my lower left front rib cage
I suffer from pain right at the edge of my lower left front rib cage. The pain at time radiates to my back and kidney area. All my tests came back clear. One second opinion Dr. told me that it was costochondritis and the reason why it hurt so bad is because there is a nerve that runs the edge of your rib cage. The Dr. who told me this was adamant about it. The only question I have is that I thought costochondritis was in the center of the chest area? Any comments?
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replied August 11th, 2009
pain under left rib
hi i have the pain to but i am a cleaner and was using a buffing machine that went outof control and hurt me just under the left rib cage feels like something moving comes and goes i also just lost my good friend so i was stress ..
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replied August 16th, 2009
Left rib, back shoulder pain
I have had this same type pain for 3 years now. Have been to every dr. imaginable. Costochondritis was what my Primary Dr. said. I kept going back telling him there was no improvement and he started sending me to one specialist after another. I have just seen a GI and had a CT scan with barium contrast. Should get the results first of the week. I have had several CT scans but not with the barium before. Am hoping this will give me some info. She says next thing will be upper GI scope. I just want it to go away. I cannot figure out why all these dr. act like it is so foreign to them if so many of us on here have the same symptoms.
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replied August 25th, 2009
Back Home(from nepal)My grand mom used to give us turmeric powder and yogurt mix together for stomach pain. I do not know if it helps.
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replied August 31st, 2009
To shorten the story...I've had all the same symptoms and had a rib out of place at T8/spine location. Pinches nerves which feed the front/spleen area. Find an enlightened chirporactor. Google castor oil packs and try epsom salts soaks
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replied September 1st, 2009
Pain under left rib
I too have pain under my left rib and back area. At times I do get pain in and around my left breast too and under the left arm as well. I have thought about the same things as you. One thing that I have thought of could it have anything to do with my lypmthnoids glands? Because when I get the pain around my breast it also hurts under my left arm and up to my left side of the neck.I haven't gone to the doctors yet I was hoping to get some info here first. I may have to get my glands checked to see if that might be the problem since you guys have gotten the other things checked out and nothing. Please let me know how everything is working out for yous. Thank you, Leoparda
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replied September 1st, 2009
Have any of you done any heavy lifting before your symptoms started? Do you sleep in front of a fan or air conditioner or work in front of one blowing on left side? You can "catch cold" in the underlying muscles,and lifting improperly or too much weight can pop things out of balance. This all makes sense especially if medical scans are negative. Medical people rarely look at structural alignments.
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