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What is the cause for intermittent stabbing pain in upper abdomen?

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I have an intermittent stabbing pain the left upper abdomen, close to the lower rib, possibly under the rib. Not sure in which organ.
Posted Wed, 1 Jan 2014 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 51 minutes later
Brief Answer: Detailed below. Detailed Answer: Hello! Thank you for the query. Such pain can be caused by urinary tract infection, urinary tract stones or stomach issues. Urinary tract problems usually give also frequent urinating, burning when urinating. Lower abdominal pain can be also present. If you have also any nausea, chest burning, stomach issues like peptic ulcer can be the reason. Sometimes such pain is also caused by rib nerves. This causes pain more intense when breathing. Such pain can disappear when not moving the chest. If you have had any heart problems before, or the pain radiates to the left arm or jaw, heart issue can be the reason. I suggest you to visit a doctor and have urine analysis, blood work, abdominal ultrasound and heart ECG at first. If stomach issues are possible, gastroscopy should be done. Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions. Regards.
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