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What causes discomfort in upper left abdomen near the ribs and cough?

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Dr. T Shobha Deepak

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2005

Answered : 1774 Questions

Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Question: I have had some uncomfortable feeling on my upper left side towards my ribs. it feels as if something is rubbing on the inside of my ribs, I get cramps on that side if I cough to hard or move the wrong way. Very uncomfortable......have gallbladder out.
Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Additional information required

Detailed Answer:
Welcome to healthcare-Magic
Greetings of the day

Dear Ms

It would be really very helpful if you could provide me the following additional information for me to be able to assist you better

1. since how long have you been experiencing this pain/discomfort?

2. Was there any history of injury / sprain sustained ?

3. Is there any swelling or discolouration of overlying skin?

4. Do you experience these symptoms on exertion like walking or physical activity ?

5. Did you have prolonged bout of coughing or respiratory infection preceding this complaint?

From your present description of symptoms its likely to be Pleuritic pain ( mild inflammation of Covering of lung ) . Presently you can consider taking analgesics like Ibuprofen which will provide you much needed relief

Awaiting your response

take Care

Best regards
Dr Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak 1 hour later
1 The last 3 months or so
2 No injury or anything
3 No swelling, or discoloration
4 No not on exersion, just certain movements of my torso
5 No respiratory issues

Has anyone looked at my reply as of yet??
Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak 10 hours later
Brief Answer:
Likely to be Musculoskeletal pain

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms

Thanks for the reply

Going by description of your symptoms its unlikely to be a major issue, its more likely to be musculoskeletal sprain and muscle spasm.

I would suggest you the following

1. Hot water fomentation: Local application of fomentation by hot water bag or cloth dipped in hot water and intermittently applied for few seconds will provide much needed relief

2. Analgesics like Ibuprofen will be helpful

Do get back to me if you need any further assistance ,will be glad to assist you

Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng

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