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What causes swelling with bloating below both ribs?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Swollen below both ribs, I can't turn my waist properly as it feels bloated and painful to touch on my left side, it also hurts on my back also on my left.
And on my right hand side, I am getting a sharp when I breathe in, but not every time, it seems to happen several times, the stop. This side does not feel painful to touch.
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
may indicate abdominal origin of symptoms

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I have studied your case.

Swelling with bloating below both ribs may indicate abdominal origin of symptoms.
Ultrasonography abdomen and pelvis will help in diagnosis. Clinical examination is important for appropriate investigation.
Back pain can be due to compression of nerve root in spine.
Due to compression of this nerve root there is pain in your back and leg.

I will advise you to do MRI spine
For these symptoms analgesic and neurotropic medication can be started.
Till time, avoid lifting weights, Sit with support to back. You can consult physiotherapist for help.
Physiotherapy like ultrasound and interferential therapy will give quick relief.
I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (3 hours later)
Thank you the Ultrasonography abdomen that sounds like a very good idea, I've already had an ultrasound and this was very painful and made the pain worse for a few days.

The pain in my back area, seems to be in the same area as the front, it's mirrored, I believe it relates to the same problem, and not my actual spine/back.

Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (22 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Explained below

Detailed Answer:
Hello again

You can consult me after your investigation like ultrasonography.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes swelling with bloating below both ribs?

Brief Answer: may indicate abdominal origin of symptoms Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case. Swelling with bloating below both ribs may indicate abdominal origin of symptoms. Ultrasonography abdomen and pelvis will help in diagnosis. Clinical examination is important for appropriate investigation. Back pain can be due to compression of nerve root in spine. Due to compression of this nerve root there is pain in your back and leg. I will advise you to do MRI spine For these symptoms analgesic and neurotropic medication can be started. Till time, avoid lifting weights, Sit with support to back. You can consult physiotherapist for help. Physiotherapy like ultrasound and interferential therapy will give quick relief. I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level. Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. Wishing you good health. Take care.