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Hard painful knot, come and goes under rib cage. Get relaxed by massaging. What is it?

Thank you. I am 50 years old. For the past 8-9 months, I have started having a hard painful knot right under my left ribcage off and on. Happens when I rise from a lying down position and getting up from a relaxed sitting position, and when I had episode of vomiting recently. Is almost the size of fist, very painful (feels like bad leg cramp ) and I have to massage it down and relax to make it go away. Remains very tender there for several days afterwards. It happened a few months ago and was so painful I went to the ER for it. By the time I was seen, the knot had relaxed, but area remained very sore. They gave me a pain shot and then I had a CT scan . The doctor said I had a bladder infection and a cyst on my left kidney, but no active infection in that area. I truly don t think the bladder thing was related (I had no urinary problems) and still this painful knot comes and goes. What could it be?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Painful knot under your ribcage that is coming and going can be intestinal loops.
Other solid swellings will not disappear and reoccur.
So,Get an ultrasound abdomen when the knot appears.
Please take antibiotic,antispasmodic like Dicyclomine when the knot appears.
Wish you good health
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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