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What causes pressure behind right lower ribs?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: Feeling some pressure just behind my right lower-most ribs. Otherwise healthy, normal blood test results. No pain, just pressure.
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Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably locomotory apparatus disturbation

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for your question and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern.

Well, my index of suspicion that something is wrong, is very low.

According to your symptom and the fact that you sense it more in one certain position and sense it less in the other, fits more with minor locomotory disturbation, which can result acutely or chronically from assuming inappropriate back position during sleep and/or work/everyday activities.

This may be a paravertebral muscles' spasm due to the above mentioned reasons, but nothing to worry about. I think it will go away spontaneously. However, if this is disturbing to you and affects your everyday quality of life/work, you may be put on a 5-day course with over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen, Indomethacin ).

On the other side, if the problem persists even after this regimen of treatment, a plain postero-anterior chest X-ray is recommended and a plain Postero-Anterior X-ray of the vertebrae (spine).

I hope my answer results helpful to you. I am happy to help, if you have follow-up questions.

Kind regards,
Dr. Meriton
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Meriton Siqeca (23 minutes later)
I feel better already. Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Welcome back.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again.

You are welcome. I am glad I was helpful.

Kindly close the discussion and rate the answer.

Wish you the best,
Dr. Meriton
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What causes pressure behind right lower ribs?

Brief Answer: Probably locomotory apparatus disturbation Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for your question and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern. Well, my index of suspicion that something is wrong, is very low. According to your symptom and the fact that you sense it more in one certain position and sense it less in the other, fits more with minor locomotory disturbation, which can result acutely or chronically from assuming inappropriate back position during sleep and/or work/everyday activities. This may be a paravertebral muscles' spasm due to the above mentioned reasons, but nothing to worry about. I think it will go away spontaneously. However, if this is disturbing to you and affects your everyday quality of life/work, you may be put on a 5-day course with over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen, Indomethacin ). On the other side, if the problem persists even after this regimen of treatment, a plain postero-anterior chest X-ray is recommended and a plain Postero-Anterior X-ray of the vertebrae (spine). I hope my answer results helpful to you. I am happy to help, if you have follow-up questions. Kind regards, Dr. Meriton