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March 14th, 2010
Pain under Ribs and near back area
I've started to get pain under my ribs and a little bit on my back near the end of February of 2010. I always thought it was something i ate, but the pain kept coming and it would cramp up and it would hurt to move. I havent gone to the doctor yet, but i was wondering if i should. Only times i dont feel pain is if im doing something active, but other than that, the pain is there.
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replied April 14th, 2010
Hey everyone,
from reading all of this, I have realized that I am not alone on this. I have had a lot of stress living at college and all. I noticed that i started getting alot of bubbling feelings in my stomach and now under my left ribcage. It definitley feels like once I start thinking about it, it gets worse. In class it will be dead silent and I will be nervous the bubbling will make loud noises (they have made viscious noises before) so my body then reacts and it gets way worse. I sometimes have to leave class early or rush through a test in class just so people don''t hear me. It feels like it''s like this all the time and I wish I was back a year ago when I didn''t have a problem with any of this :[.
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replied April 14th, 2010
Hey everyone,
from reading all of this, I have realized that I am not alone on this. I have had a lot of stress living at college and all. I noticed that i started getting alot of bubbling feelings in my stomach and now under my left ribcage. It definitley feels like once I start thinking about it, it gets worse. In class it will be dead silent and I will be nervous the bubbling will make loud noises (they have made viscious noises before) so my body then reacts and it gets way worse. I sometimes have to leave class early or rush through a test in class just so people don''t hear me. It feels like it''s like this all the time and I wish I was back a year ago when I didn''t have a problem with any of this :[.
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replied June 10th, 2010
Pain under left rib
Wow, and here I thought I was alone with this same issue you all have. Unfortunately it hasn't only caused problems in my bowels, it's also got me "scetched out". I would just lay in bed and think I'm dying (I suffer from Hypocondrea). Good to know I'm not dying, and now maybe I can continue with my life. So chin up, and if I get any relief with any kind of meds or excersizes, I will post it. Good Luck all, hope it gets better.
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replied June 14th, 2010
pain under left rib cage
hi very simular symptoms to all of u. i also have pulpitations with mine and sometimes i get breathless. i hav had tests but as yet nothing showing. i did try my own experiment the other day i didnt eat anything from when i got up to about 3pm and only drank water and my pain subsided.strangley enough i also found eating polos helps (i can see the expretion on your faces and no im not a mental case) experiment thats what i say what harm can it do and its cheaper than prescriptions. mine seems to be related to spicy heavy foods and the feeling of trapped wind maybe thats where the peppermint or spearmint helps give it a go and let me no.
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replied June 18th, 2010
Seems that using calmag and not drinking coffee for me works out the best. I am trying to become a bio statistician and I would love to see a study done on this and see what helps out the best. If I put an excel sheet up here would people want to fill it out?
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replied July 6th, 2010
Hi, i have been getting an uncomfortable pain underneath my left side rib, it feels like someone is constantly tickling me, it hurts a lil and is really irritating. I have been to the doctors and they keep saying the same thing " we can't find anything wrong". I went to the doctors in 94 for the same thing and they gave me Xrays and nothing then, and i don't know what to do as no-one will help me, so if anyone could give me any help i would be grateful as it is really getting to me now Sad
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replied August 7th, 2010
fluttery feeling near left rib cage area, kind of numbness... had constipation a few weeks ago.. lost some weight.. I am able to go now.. but now this funny feeling on my left side.. Doctor is scheduling colonscopy but that could be not for a while..
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replied August 18th, 2010
This site has been very comforting to me. I've had pain for three years on and off. I have also gone every year to hear a diagnosis, but all my tests have been clean and nothing shows up. I do lift my five year quite a bit and he weighs 55 pounds, but I'm very active and eat well. I want to put it out of my head but it is real pain. I do also feel it worse at night because that is when you are sitting and can focus on it. I'm going to go to an orthopedic because there has to be something that can be done. I'm 42 and am too young and fit for these pains. At least I know it's not in my head hearing your stories. Good luck to everyone.
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replied August 20th, 2010
I've been reading some of these posts and I must say some of the symptoms are exactly what I'm feeling...pain in left lower rib, wraps into back and sometimes feels like my rib is being crushed (especially when I'm in bed at night). Was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago..I don't think that's the problem. (I don't believe I have fribromyalgia). I take Tylenol PM just so I can get some rest. I also find that when I exercise and stay active it doesn't hurt as much. I also believe that the mind plays a role in pain management. When I'm not thinking about it I don't feel it. My advice would be to stay active, try not to focus on the pain and continue to eat healthy...at least that's what I'm trying to do and it seems to work (most of the time). Good luck and good health to all.
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replied September 19th, 2010


14 Common Symptoms of Parasites
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Over half of all Americans will be infected with an intestinal parasite at some point in their lives. Yet, many of us do not recognize the signs and symptoms of a parasite infection because they can occur weeks or even years after the initial infection, and because a parasitic infection often mimics other similar conditions.

The most common symptoms of a parasite infection include constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle aches, anemia, allergies, skin conditions, tumors, nervousness, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, chronic fatigue, and immune dysfunction.

1) Constipation
Some parasitic worms are actually large enough to physically block the passage of nutrients and waste at certain points in the digestive system. Severe parasitic infections in the bile duct or the intestines can make bowel movements difficult, leading to worsened symptoms of constipation.

2) Diarrhea
Another common symptom of parasites, is the development of diarrhea, or frequent, loose, watery stools. Many parasites produce a prostaglandin that leads to a sodium and chloride loss in the body. This in turn can causes diarrhea. This process is especially true in the case of protozoan infection.

3) Gas and Bloating
Parasites that live in the upper small intestines can cause intestinal symptoms such as inflammation that leads to gas and bloating. Frequent occurrences of gas and bloating are classic signs of a parasite infection. The discomfort is aggravated by the consumption of hard to digest foods such as beans and non-organic meats.

4) Irritable Bowel Syndrome
One of the more common symptoms of parasites, is irritable bowel syndrome. It is not uncommon for IBS to be caused by an intestinal parasite, because they can dig in and attach themselves to the intestinal wall. This often causes irritation and inflammation that can in turn lead to muscle spasms, intestinal blockage, and a malabsorption of nutrients. Fatty substances in particular can be difficult to digest.

5) Joint and Muscle Aches
Intestinal parasites can also move and migrate throughout the body. It is not uncommon for them to become encysted in joint fluids or even in the muscles themselves. This causes pain, aching and irritation that are often mistaken for arthritis. Joint and muscle pain can also be caused by the bodyâspam�s own immune system response to the parasite infection.



6) Anemia
There are several types of parasites that attach themselves to the lining of the intestines and divert nutrients away from the human body. In severe infections, these parasites can lead to blood loss sufficient enough to cause anemia.


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7) Allergies
Intestinal parasites cause irritation and inflammation. This in turn can make it difficult to digest certain types of foods. The bodyâspam�s response to these undigested food particles may be to produce increased levels of eosinophils, which are one of the bodyâspam�s immune system defenders. These eosinophils then inflame the bodyâspam�s tissue and cause an allergic reaction.

Cool Skin Conditions
Intestinal parasites can cause the release of hormones and immune system defenders that can in turn irritate the skin. Hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other allergic reactions are common with intestinal parasites. Protozoan infections can also cause ulcers, swelling, sores, lesions, and dermatitis.

9) Tumors
The body may develop a tumor like mass in response to the parasitic infection that is also known as a granuloma. The tumor is developed to encase parasitic larvae or eggs. Granulomas most often develop in the colon or on the rectal wall, but they are also found in the lungs, liver, peritoneum, and the uterus.

10) Nervousness
Intestinal parasites release waste products and other toxic substances into the bodyâspam�s system. In chronic or severe parasitic infections, these toxins may irritate the central nervous system resulting in restlessness, nervousness, and anxiety. These are all common symptoms of parasites in your body.



11) Sleep Disorders
Intestinal parasites can cause irritation that can disturb sleep patterns making it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep. In the night, the body works to eliminate toxins via the liver. Parasitic infections can interrupt this process and upset the rhythms of the body. In fact, some parasites may try to migrate out of the anus at night causing itching, discomfort, and irritation.



12) Teeth Grinding
This symptom of parasite infection can also cause a condition known as bruxism, or the abnormal grinding, clenching, and gnashing of the teeth. This condition occurs most often at night, and it may be linked to the restlessness and anxiety caused in the body by the parasiteâspam�s release of waste and other toxins.

13) Chronic Fatigue
Parasites can exhaust and deplete the body, on physical, mental, and emotional levels. It can lead to the mal-absorption of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins, draining the body of both nutrients and energy. As a result, another common symptoms is the development of chronic fatigue, with symptoms such as exhaustion, aches, apathy, depression, difficulty concentrating, and impaired cognitive ability.

14) Immune Dysfunction
Oftentimes, when you have a parasite living inside of you, it will leech vital nutrients from the body, forcing the immune system to operate with a poor supply of vitamins, minerals, and energy sources. Parasites also stimulate the production of immunoglobulin A, which is a defender against foreign substances. Over time, this over stimulation can exhaust the bodyâspam�s supply of immunoglobulin A, leaving the body susceptible to attacks from bacteria, yeast, fungus, virus, and other foreign invaders.
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replied November 9th, 2010
Pain under left side of ribcage.
I have the same pain under my rib cage. I first got it 8 years ago when I was eight months pregnant with my first child. It was so painful that I thought I was going into labor. I went to the E.R. and the doctors said that I was very dehydrated. They kept me for a couple of days and gave me fluids. At the time I was maybe walking 2 miles to get to school and back, had alot of stress and didn't eat very well. I have gotten that same pain often, maybe around 4 or 5 times a year and it lasts for about 1 to 2 weeks and during that time it's either a constant nagging pain that I rate at about a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 or it's a constant sharp pain that I rate at about a 9. The most recent "episode" happened after a night of drinking quite heavily and the only way to numb it was to drink again but the next morning it came back with a vengence. I attributed it to being dehydrated after drinking alot alcohol. But after reading some comments I've realized that, I have been under quite a bit of stress and havent been eating right either. One more thing I don't know if anyone else has experienced this but I have these cold sweats when the pain is almost unbearable and I have like a rumble in my stomach as if I'm hungry even though I just ate. I'm wondering if it is S.F.S.
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replied April 5th, 2011
POSSIBLE SOLUTION
So i have had the same issue with a sharp pain in my left side for about 3 years now. I've never mentioned it to my doctor (I just figure everything will fix itself) I have psoriatic arthritis also so i just dont like to mention more pain when i doubt they can tell me what it is....

So I went to a physical therapist last year to get some rehab on my muslces. Without me saying anything, they told me my rib cage is pushed forward and they asked me if there has been any discomfort. I told them a side pain and they worked with me to get it to feel better. Thats why when you do physical activity it feels better and its not lodged in one spot and it will flare up. When you move, it moves the swelling/pain around and helps it go away temporarily. Then when you sit for a while it hurts again.

I just wanted to let you guys know what I found out about this. I've been dealing with the same "spleen is my problem" for a while, and have been waiting to see a doctor until it hurts too bad. But Luckily i didn't have to waste my time, and found the solution.

If no doctors can tell you whats wrong. I would ask them to check your alignment of your bones. My ribcage is angled forward, causing other pains now too. and my pelvis is shifted back. Its great to know what is causing weird pain and horrible LEFT SIDE PAIN. If its right on top of the bottom of the ribcage, its probably your ribcage out of alignment
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replied April 25th, 2011
similar symptoms
Hi thank you all for all your posts - I've been experiencing most of the symptoms here and I'm glad to know that I'm not alone. I have another symptom as well that no one has mentioned. At night when I go to bed and I'm lying down, I'll press down on my spleen with a bit of pressure while opening my mouth and a weird sounds will come out. It's not coming from my throath - it's definitely my spleen and it sounds like a high pitch squeak, but only loud enough for me to hear. I also found that gas x relieves the tightness but only temporarily - it always comes back, specially after eating.
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replied May 7th, 2011
i been having similar pains on my left side right under my rib cage. i been having this pain for almost a year now. i had blood work done, CT scans done all come back normal. blood work only showed that my liver enzymes are a bit high. i feel this pain more after i eat and have to have a bowel-movement the pain is unbearable. i can hardly eat anything. the pain has caused me to loose alot of weight roughly around 50 so pounds. my hair has thinned a bit as well dunno if it is cause by the stress of all this. i tried antacids as told by my doctors cause they found a bit of gastritis when the did the scope down my throat. im having other symptoms dunno if they are related tingling in both feet sometimes my hands, i ache all over sometimes its hard to walk and g up down the stairs. im also tired all the time. i feel like im 60 years old but im only 29 years old. this pain just wont go away. i have to take stool softeners before bed cause sometimes i dont go for 2 days. my life is so upside down right now i get scare of getting into a car and going somewhere. this pain has me made me not want to leave the house. i dunno what to do anymore. can anyone tell me what this pain is being caused by? please help
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replied May 16th, 2011
splenik flexure syndrome
I see this thread has been going since 2005, I am very relieved to find this information, I can tell you I have many of the same symptoms and have for two years now. I am 43 years old and a little over weight about 25 lbs, I thought I was having heart issues when I first got the pains. Went to the heart dr. and they sent me to the the heart stress test, well I did just fine. I went and had a CT scan at the hospital the other day and everything came back normal. They gave me a laxative and sent me home. I really am not a fan of most medical establishments, and would much rather find a natural remedy. The pain continues to get worse and now a year later still getting worse. Mornings are good until about 2:30 to 3:00pm when I start to feel the dull pain in right below my rib cage, left side. The pain will continue and get worse if I drink alcohol, or eat dairy. Same as many of you, activity seems to keep it at bay, but right when I stop the activity it is right back.
I will read all the post above and see if I can make sense of what is working for relief. I am going to start a good exercise program in the morning and drink no coffee, I currently drink no less than 5 cups a day and most days 10 to 15 cups.
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replied May 17th, 2011
Left side rib pain
Yes, to all the above! I have had this pain for 8+ years. I can't figure it out either. Often I think its muscle tightness/spasm coming from my back but then stretching doesn't help. Often I just give up and take vicodin or tramadol. I'm really tired of it! What's weird is it will disappear for a few weeks then return for months. There has to be an answer out there somewhere?
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replied August 15th, 2011
Left side pain under rib cage
Hi all, unbelievable just how many others are suffering with this problem, I had an ultrasound mid 2010 which showed no problems "but" have still been getting the same problems and like most of you say, it will dissapear completely for a while and then appear when you least expect it. Exercise does help and a healthy diet can only be a good thing anyway. I drink a lot of coffee which may be an attribute and not enough water, alcohol is more than likely an issue which I over indulge in more often than not. I will try some of your recommendations before re-consulting with a GP.
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replied August 17th, 2011
7 years of sharp-shooting pain under left rib cage
Hello Everyone.... first of all, wow... cannot believe the number of posts on this... yet no answers.

Needless to say, I am discouraged even more now.

I have had a sharp shooting pain - under my left rib cage - for almost 7 years now. it comes and goes, but is really painful when here.

If I sleep on my left side I wake up from sleep in pain, and then it lingers for hours.. or all day. The same sharp pain.

It is always in the same spot... under the left rib-cage.

However, unlike a lot of other posts, I:
Do not have stomach pain.
Do not have back pain.
Do not have trouble breathing.
Do not have chest pain.
Do not have gas.
Do not have any eating issues as some mentioned.
Do not have much stress, things are pretty good, I have happy girls, happy marriage, and feel lucky for everything I have.

Just one very painful spot, under my rib cage, and it is getting more painful as the years progress.

I slept on my left side last night, and woke up on pain. So I made an appointment to see my dr. but it isn't for 3 weeks. Again, after reading all my posts, I feel like I am not going to get anywhere with my dr. so a little discouraged already. And I am still in pain... it is 1PM, and hasn't subsided.

Anyone get a diagnosis?

Thanks
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replied August 27th, 2011
Sharp Pain
Look up the symptoms for MVP. (Mitral Valve Prolapse)
I have that and get a sharp pain in my left side. It is a condition where the blood in your heart backs up through a valve. It is not life threatening, just a condition and is very common. I found that heavy excersise gets rid of it.
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replied August 20th, 2011
I have been having pain in my lower left side below rib cage for almost 2 years now. I also had the burning pain in the middle of my back between my shoulder blades from time to time in my life. I went to the doctor and she said I had GERDS which I was treated for. Took medicine for 60 days which helped with burning back, but I still have the pain on left side below ribs, also with this I will have episodes of tingling mainly in the hands from the wrist to the last knuckle, which seems to be worse in the evening. This all started after I was execising 1 day I felt a rip that got warm just above where the pain is now. After 1 or 2 months that went away. then 1 month later I started exercising again and I felt something slide in my upper abdomen from the middle sliding to the left and I also felt 3 pings, like a tendon or a ligament detaching. I also noticed I have an umbilical hernia. After all this the pain started in my left side and it continues to this day. As of now I dont know what I can do, it never goes completly away and the tingling episodes are driving me crazy. I have had a colonoscopy, a blood test and a ct scan of my chest, all are normal. Please, if anyone has had similar problems I would like to hear from you. Thanks
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replied September 6th, 2011
Same pain
Like many others I too have the pain under the left rib. Indigestion after eating and gas. You'd think a medico would hit the blogs and put a cause to it. We live in hope.
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