Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
170 Doctors are Online

Feels like swelling and spongy below rib cage. What is going on?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General Surgeon
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 5765 Questions
Hi my lower left back just below ribcage but to towards the back side is feeling watery/spongy since last 2 weeks. Especially when i drink something i kind of feel some process going on inside. It is also swollen when compared to right email address is YYYY@YYYY
Posted Tue, 11 Dec 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 hours later

Thank you for the query.

It is really hard to connect drinking with left side swollen area. You need to imagine that when you drink something it gets to the stomach (which is in the middle), than to the small intestine and large intestine where the water is absorbed. So if there is no diarrhea, to the area you have described gets only stool without water. The only way the liquid can get there and cause such symptom is some kind of hole in the stomach. However, this would give strong pains, fever and abscess in such place.
Other possible reasons of such strange symptom might be diverticulitis. However both give pain at first.
The best way to have explain what is exactly causing such problem is to make this area ultrasound. Full blood work and urine analysis will tell if there is an inflammation.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor