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Pain under right rib cage

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  • Posted By: Alli_Emba
  • April 4, 2008
  • 02:07 AM

Over the last couple months, I get an intermittent pain under my right rib cage. Sometimes it hurts to press on it, other times it hurts if I yawn or take a deep breath. Most of the time, it hurts when I'm in a sitting/slouching position. Over the last two days, I've also experienced dizziness when getting up from a sitting position, although I don't know if the two are related.

It's not my gallbladder since I've already had that removed. Any other ideas? Thank you!

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  • This is a good question. I wish I had an answer for you! I've had that problem intermittently for as long as I can remember. It sort of feels like what I would imagine getting stabbed between the ribs might feel like. It's always on the right side, comes out of nowhere, and I have to exhale completely, then gradually take deeper breaths or else it happens again. I'm curious to see if anyone has some information about this!
    cjtucker 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • you say the pain is 'under' the ribcage... can you be specificif i were to place my hand on the area where you feel pain, what part of your body, or where on your body, would my hand be resting?- would it be at the front of your torso (stomach/chest region)- would if be your side. how close to your armpit- would it be your side, closer to the front or closer to the rear- is the pain likely to be a result of any recent muscular condition- does the pain subside when when sitting in and arched-back upright position- does the pain hurt when you more the upper part of your torso/right arm/head
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I too got the same problem last december 2009, under my right ribcage i feel pain, as if some cramp was there,thought some bad sitting posture in chair might be the reason, and would get relief with some arm excersice and wasit twist excersice.but no use.I would feel pain when sitting ,standing,laying on bed wakening up, caughing,laughing etc. it persited for 3 days , i consulted the regular doctor and not a specialist,he gave some medicines,in a day i got relief,.but the reason why it occurs is not known.
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  • have you been checked for gall stones?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2010
    • 04:04 PM
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  • Hi, I hope you are all getting better, I just wanted to suggest that you try to stop drinking milk, at least for a few days and watch to see if the pain goes away. My lactose intolerance tends to give me a pain under the right ribs that is very similar to what you describe. Lactose intolerance will give you bloating and pain in the lower abdomen, loose stools and even diarrhea, with various degrees of pain depending on the amount of lactose you ingest. The worse for me is Ice cream, pizza, and plain milk. Organic milk gives me less of a problem I can tolerate it and sometimes it just gives me the pain in the right side under my ribs that people mention here. Yogurt is generally tolerated but at low quantities, (the bacteria digests some of the lactose in it), cheese on the other hand is not well tolerated, nothing dairy is, which is a bummer, because its hard to substitute milk on things like coffee and get the same flavor.I don't want to minimize the need to get the pain checked out by a doctor, but if you have had this done already, and have lived with this problem for some time without an answer, it may be worth the try.If you find that the milk is the problem, the best solution is lactase enzyme tablets, or just switch from eating cheese, milk products, etc to other alternatives. I am pain free now :) , as long as I dont have milk. :(
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2010
    • 09:38 AM
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  • Good luck with this! I had this when I was 17 or 18 yrs old- and no doctors or specialists could find anything wrong with me, EXCEPT to tell me I had a weak Colon. To stop eating onions, peppers, well anything spicy or hot (seasoned) type foods. Do you eat a lot of spicy foods?I listened to them initially, but went back to eating spicy foods, and guess what? I got Colitis in my 30s. A severe case of it.I had it for over a year- The initial stuff when I was in my teens I think the docs missed the boat on my diagnosis. He stopped looking after very few tests. I had pain in my ribcage as well- it came on all the sudden and lasted for months- I had a barium xray- and other tests and they couldn't figure it out. As a teenager sometimes my legs hurt so bad I couldn't walk- my mom would have to come get me from middle school. And I had always thought the two was related somehow-- didn't figure it out however til I started being diagnosed with Autoimmune Diseases 20+ yrs later--- sometimes gas can cause the pain you are talking about in the ribcage.. I never felt like I had to ***t- but it felt like something was pushing my rib out-- and it was tender to the touch-and it was one side like u are talking about--- I would try and eliminate gassy foods like someone else suggested. The lactose see if anything changes.. I have a feeling it wont matter. Don't forget the spicy foods, taking that out of your diet, see if that helps. Ugh! I still eat spicy foods when I'm not in a flare up- not good! It's really hard to adjust your diet- but I had to become a vegetarian, it came to a point I could no longer tolerate meat. If this has gone on for weeks, months??- you should consider seeing a doctor.Good luck*I want to be a teenager, who don't want to be a knowitall? Over the last couple months, I get an intermittent pain under my right rib cage. Sometimes it hurts to press on it, other times it hurts if I yawn or take a deep breath. Most of the time, it hurts when I'm in a sitting/slouching position. Over the last two days, I've also experienced dizziness when getting up from a sitting position, although I don't know if the two are related. It's not my gallbladder since I've already had that removed. Any other ideas? Thank you!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 5, 2010
    • 08:02 AM
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