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Pain In the Left Upper Part of Stomach Just Below the Ribs..

Can anyone help / advise what this could be? I've started feeling a weird pain in my stomach, in the upper part on the left side just below the ribs and in the same-ish region in my back. I started about 3 days ago, first day it hurt all day, and now it's not too bad in the morning but gets worse throughout the day, and it's quite bad in the evenings. It usually starts hurting stronger once i've eaten.
Not sure what it is, haven't been lifting anything heavy, and haven't eaten anything unusual either.
Please if anyone may know what it could be let me know whether it could be anything serious or I shouldn't worry and wait for it to go.
It hurts pretty bad though in the evenings and it's not very nice, not that any pain would be....
Please help...Thank you.
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replied August 8th, 2005
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Pain Under Left Ribs
Hello,

i have had the same thing for about 3 years. My doctor told me she suspected that is splenic flexure syndrome or built up air in the upper diaphragm. This is due to anxiety, stress, worry, or panic. I have all of the above. The pain is usually a dull aching that is under my left ribs and extends through to my back. I feel better when I lying down on my back. That area of the abdomen is the upper part of your gi (gastrointestinal) tract. It makes sense that air could get trapped there. As long as you don't have any swelling in that area, it's probably the same thing that I have. To me, the best way to describe it is like a balloon trapped under my ribs. Does this help at all?

Crystal
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replied August 9th, 2005
Same As
Hello all I have the same symptoms as u both but the air gets trapped in and I get bad heartburn from this also feels like a have lumps under my left ribs any ideas?
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replied August 9th, 2005
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Pain Under Ribs
It does feel like lumps, but I think that is just air bubbles. When i'm under stress or something, it seems to get worse. That's why I think it's anxiety related. If it were something really bad, then it would get progressively worse.
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replied August 23rd, 2005
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Acid Reflux
I have a stabbing pain under my left rib cage also. Had an endoscopy, doc said it's acid reflux. He put me on nexium.
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replied September 10th, 2005
Re: Pain In the Left Upper Part of Stomach Just Below the Ri
peter_london wrote:
can anyone help / advise what this could be? I've started feeling a weird pain in my stomach, in the upper part on the left side just below the ribs and in the same-ish region in my back. I started about 3 days ago, first day it hurt all day, and now it's not too bad in the morning but gets worse throughout the day, and it's quite bad in the evenings. It usually starts hurting stronger once i've eaten.

Not sure what it is, haven't been lifting anything heavy, and haven't eaten anything unusual either.

Please if anyone may know what it could be let me know whether it could be anything serious or I shouldn't worry and wait for it to go.

It hurts pretty bad though in the evenings and it's not very nice, not that any pain would be....

Please help...Thank you.
did you get sorted
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replied October 3rd, 2005
Hi u need to go a see ur doctor this sounds like some sort of stomach cancer they have different simtemas so go to ur doctor
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replied August 30th, 2007
I Can Relate
I know what you mean about your stomach...
I have been suffering for 2 months now. After a month I finally seen the doctor about my stomach. It's a pain almost in the middle, right below the ribs, a little more to the left hand side than the middle.. It's not like a stomach ache, it's actual pain. Not only is it causing me pain, but my appetite isn't the same, for some reason I feel nausiated, and well embarressing to say, but my bowels seem to be acting up. Before those symptons when it was just the pain, my doctor put me on these pills (nexo..something) and told me to stop smoking. But, the pills didn't help, so now I'm not sure.. but if it's some kind of sist or something, they go away on there own dont they?
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replied August 30th, 2007
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I know what you mean about your stomach...
I have been suffering for 2 months now. After a month I finally seen the doctor about my stomach. It's a pain almost in the middle, right below the ribs, a little more to the left hand side than the middle.. It's not like a stomach ache, it's actual pain. Not only is it causing me pain, but my appetite isn't the same, for some reason I feel nausiated, and well embarressing to say, but my bowels seem to be acting up. Before those symptons when it was just the pain, my doctor put me on these pills (nexo..something) and told me to stop smoking. But, the pills didn't help, so now I'm not sure.. but if it's some kind of sist or something, they go away on there own dont they?
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replied August 31st, 2007
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Left Rib Pain
I don't have the other symptoms you describe - nausea, BM changes. I have just had a constant dull ache under my left ribs. It's been 5 years now that I've had it. It hasn't gotten worse. It does flair up when I'm under stress. I can tell that it's air because the pain feels like gas and it slowly goes away until it becomes dull again. Strange situation.

I hope you feel better,
Crystal
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replied September 20th, 2007
Could be an ulcer. *shrug* there are many things it could be. See your doctor.
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replied January 1st, 2010
pain in lower left rib
just a thought look up "devils grippe" sometimes
the symptoms are the same. or bornholm's disease.
It also could be trapped gas which is very painful
or possibly a pulled muscle inbetween your rib/lung/and or heart wall.
I hope you find out and I pray it's just a simple
thing that can be fixed zippitty doo da fast.
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replied October 11th, 2012
Pain in left side,under my rib area.
I hear you people and feel your pain,, I have had mine for over 5 yrs now and it some times feels like a thing moving in there,I cannot do set ups because that place grabs hold and it feels like someone has their fist doubled up in there under my rib,making it hard to breath and if I pull downward in that area it seems to ease up. But I have had all the upper Gi test and they were ok. Except the good old doctors stand in lose some weight and you will feel better,,we no ,,it's still here.And I dare say..I guess a specialist is in my near future. Good luck,,fellow left sider.
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replied November 30th, 2012
i had this, (not the pain in the back) but on the left front under the ribs. i ended up getting an endoscopy and had an ulcer. i healed the ulcer by never eating for several hours before bed.
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