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What causes severe pain under rib cage?

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Posted on Wed, 16 Dec 2015
Question: I have cramp pain on on left side that causes severe pain just below and behind my rib cage. Can you give answers for relief. If I do not stretch and stand up it continues. By stretching that side of my body it is relieved. But now I have small pain constantly in that area.
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Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably musculo-articular

Detailed Answer:
Hello, sir. Welcome to Health Care Magic and thank you for your question. I understand your concern.

Well, it is a good news, because from the description, it does not the symptoms of a cardiac disease to be causing this. However, according basically to your age, although the index of suspicion is very low, I would suggest a test to exclude even the lung origin of this problem.

Therefore, I would recommend a plain chest X-ray which, if present, would reveal a possible problem with the lining of the lungs (pleura) or the lungs themselves. The way that this symptom is presented, continued and relieved, fits the diagnosis of an acute inflammation of the locomotory system of the area (muscles, cartilages or the bones of the area). I would recommend you a short course (5-7 days) of OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Tablet PARACETAMOL 650mg Three times a day after food, to treat this problem.

But please do not forget my recommendation about the chest X-ray. If the problem persists after the course of NSAIDs, feel free to contact us again, or your treating doctor, because other diagnoses should be sought in that case.

I hope I was helpful with my answer. I am happy to help, if you have followup questions. Please rate the answer, if you do not.

Kind regards,
Dr. Meriton
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What causes severe pain under rib cage?

Brief Answer: Probably musculo-articular Detailed Answer: Hello, sir. Welcome to Health Care Magic and thank you for your question. I understand your concern. Well, it is a good news, because from the description, it does not the symptoms of a cardiac disease to be causing this. However, according basically to your age, although the index of suspicion is very low, I would suggest a test to exclude even the lung origin of this problem. Therefore, I would recommend a plain chest X-ray which, if present, would reveal a possible problem with the lining of the lungs (pleura) or the lungs themselves. The way that this symptom is presented, continued and relieved, fits the diagnosis of an acute inflammation of the locomotory system of the area (muscles, cartilages or the bones of the area). I would recommend you a short course (5-7 days) of OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Tablet PARACETAMOL 650mg Three times a day after food, to treat this problem. But please do not forget my recommendation about the chest X-ray. If the problem persists after the course of NSAIDs, feel free to contact us again, or your treating doctor, because other diagnoses should be sought in that case. I hope I was helpful with my answer. I am happy to help, if you have followup questions. Please rate the answer, if you do not. Kind regards, Dr. Meriton