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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes pain in the ribcage?

since Sunday ive had a constant pain just below my rib cage above my abdomen when i eat or touch it. at first i could barly swallow because it felt as though there was a lump at the bottom of my throat but it has slowly changed to a pain at the top of my abdomen. this only happens when i eat / drink / cough (also when i would breath but that has stopped) im 20 years old and male.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014
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Hi
Thank you for asking HCM.
I have gone through your query. Your problem can be due to Gastroesophageal reflux and gastritis. But other conditions like pancreatitis or cholecystitis should be ruled out. A physical examination should be carried out by a physician. I usually prescribe proton pump inhibitors like rabeperazole and anti emetic domperidone for two to 4 weeks and if no improvement advise an ultrasound examination and fibrogastroduodenoscopy if needed. Hope this may help you.
Let me know if you have any further queries.
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