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Pain under left rib cage while walking. What could be the problem?

Dec 2012
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Pain under left rib cage really sore when walking feels like pulling
Posted Wed, 6 Nov 2013 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
LUQ pain could be due to pancreatitis

Detailed Answer:

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Abdominal pain (left upper quandrant pain) has many potential causes. Many causes, such as gas pains or a pulled muscle, aren't serious, while other conditions require timely medical attention.
Often, the location of the abdominal pain can provide an important clue as to its cause. At other times, abdominal pain may occur in unexpected patterns, and its cause is less obvious. Nonetheless, it is helpful to think about abdominal pain in terms of its location.
The following conditions often cause left upper abdominal pain:

Angina (reduced blood flow to the heart)
Cholangitis (bile duct inflammation)
Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation)
Duodenitis (inflammation of the initial portion of the small intestine)
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Heart attack
Hepatitis (liver inflammation)
Intestinal obstruction
Mesenteric ischemia (decreased blood flow to the intestines)
Pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation): Most probable given age.
Peptic ulcer
Pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue around the heart): also possible
Pleurisy (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the lungs): high possibility
Pneumonia: less likely
Thoracic aortic aneurysm

You can see by yourself that based only on your symptom, a doctor can be faced with many different possibilities and will need to do extensive investigations as to determine the actual cause.
Treatment options will depend on the actual cause. So I suggest you see your primary care doctor to take a look and decide how to care for you.
I do hope you can get some proper health care after reading my reply and I wish you a better health.

Dr. Nsah
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