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What could be the reason for pain in left side of rib and vomiting ?

I woke up this morning and I was perfectly fine. I haven t done anything out of the ordinary, but my side is in extreme pain. When I breath in it hurts worse, when I touch it right at the end of my ribs, it s very sensitive. It s cause the side of my back to hurt as well. ;\ I m not sure if this has anything to do with this issue, but the past couple of days I ve been throwing up. I haven t been able to keep anything down, but once I vomit, I feel better. This has never happened to me before, so whether this could be related i m not sure. If you have any ideas or thoughts, please leave them, it s appreciated, thanks!
Thu, 19 Jan 2012
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Hello Kassey,

Thanks for your query. Three possibilities are coming to my mind from your symptoms. I will try explaining the three one by one.

1)     The first possibility is of kidney or renal stones in the left kidney. Kidneys are in close approximation with the abdomen and any stone in the kidney can cause pain in the abdomen which can radiate to the back. Changes in body position do not relieve this pain. This is a cramping sort of pain and may be accompanied by nausea and vomitings.

2)     The second possibility is of pleuritis which is inflammation of the pleura, a lining covering the lungs. This pleuritis may be due to pneumonia and causes chest pain (usually sharp) when you take a breath or cough.

3)     The third possibility is of any muscular pain related to the musculoskeelatal system and radiating to the back as well.
Now to rule out these possibilities you need to consult a physician and get certain investigations done. these include a complete urine examination, x-ray KUB( kidney urinary bladder) or ultrasound abdomen and a x-ray or CT chest. Till that time, apply warm compresses and take some anti inflammatory pain killer after consulting your doctor.

Hope this information helps you. If you have additional questions regarding these recommendations, you should not hesitate to contact Doctor at HealthcareMagic, who is in contact with me. Wishing you good health.

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