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What causes pain in left side of rib cage?

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Posted on Fri, 18 Jul 2014
Question: Hi, I have Epstein Barr virus (sp?). Yesterday, I felt a dull ache under my left side rib cage. Today when I was working in the garden, I accidentally pushed the kneeling stool into my diaphragm. Since then it hurts with deep breaths and certain movements. What do you think I should do?

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Answered by Dr. Hardik Thakker (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Chest xray and abdominal ultrasound

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXXXX

Greetings from health care magic!!! I am Dr Thakker and shall be answering your question.

I will try my best to answer your question and help you out.

Given your history of Ebstein barr virus infection and injury in the garden I would think of 2 complications:

Rib fracture

Splenic rupture.

I would advice you to have an ray of the chest and ultrasound of the abdomen to rule this out. I would suggest you to take a pain reliever like Aceclofenac in the mean time for symptomatic relief.

I hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write back to me.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Thakker.

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What causes pain in left side of rib cage?

Brief Answer: Chest xray and abdominal ultrasound Detailed Answer: Dear XXXXXXX Greetings from health care magic!!! I am Dr Thakker and shall be answering your question. I will try my best to answer your question and help you out. Given your history of Ebstein barr virus infection and injury in the garden I would think of 2 complications: Rib fracture Splenic rupture. I would advice you to have an ray of the chest and ultrasound of the abdomen to rule this out. I would suggest you to take a pain reliever like Aceclofenac in the mean time for symptomatic relief. I hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to write back to me. Yours sincerely, Dr Thakker.