Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

139 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

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
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,   ,   ,  
Lab Tests ,  
Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
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.






I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

I was diagnosed w/ crohn s in 2011 and have been on remicade infusions for 2 yrs. I ve been having pain on my left side for about 3-4 weeks. 2 weeks ago, I was vomiting (even liquids). I couldn t get in touch w/ my dr, so I went to the ER b/c I was worried I was having a complication from the crohn s. CT scan was done and was normal, crohn s was under control. Blood work is normal, no pancreatitis. Dr did endoscopy and found gastritis. Carafate is helping with that, but the sharp pain on my left side won t go away. I got a HIDA scan that came back abnormal, showing my gallbladder is functioning at 8%. My gastroenterologist is confused b/c I have 0 pain on my right side. It s all on my left, under my ribs, and radiates towards my back, and sometimes to my lower abdomen. I have pain meds right now. Dr said to come back in 2 weeks if I m not feeling better to meet with a surgeon. Before I get my gallbladder removed, could there be another reason for the pain? Could gallbladder pain sometimes be on the left side? Could it be referred pain?

doctor1 MD

Hello sir, I m gonna get straight to the point, my Husband has woken up with a pain around his kidneys and pain around/near his testical, the pain has shifted from his kidney to to his left side of his tummy, it s making him vomit , please what could this be.. Thank You Leanne

doctor1 MD

Evening Doc I have pain on my left side an I vomit I feel dizzy an I took a pregnancy test but it was negative. I was told that I could never hav children an this is bothering me my ovaries are normal my uterus is small but there s a chance of getting pregnant I hav just read about baby growing in the tubes. Eish I m so scared an confused with all this

Recent questions on  Ultrasound

doctor1 MD

Hi my name is Katie, and I’m looking for answers. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I’m a 26 year old, mother of three under three. I was a healthy active mom until I had my third child. After I had had my wonderful little boy I Started to noticed changes in my bowels. Almost every month I would have episodes of extreme abdomen pain with dierhea. By the time my son was two months old I decided to get it checked. It turned out I had a bladder infection. The following month things got worse; yet again I had a bladder infection, only this time the dierhea got a lot worse. I was going to the bathroom 20 plus times a day and had blood in each bowel movement, after three days of this I went to the ER were they suspected I had colitis of the bowel. They sent a referral to a gastrologist, Which I see as of May 9, 2011.The next day the abdominal pain got so bad I had made an appointment with my family doctor, where I got a prescription Asacol 400 mg. After a day on the medication the dierhea slowed down. I thought I was in the clear. I knew what was wrong and felt better. That was until I developed a temp of 107 with lower back pain that night. Went back to the ER to find out I had no colitis of the bowels, but did have a bowel infection. I was sent home with antibiotics. My son is now 5 months old and my health just keeps failing. I’m not eating good, yet not losing weight, no period, and not pregnant. As of four days ago I started to develop severe joint pain with swelling and no redness, for no reason. First day my left hand, that night my left foot, next day was by far the worst, when the pain moved into my right knee, making it impossible to walk. I could not bend the leg at all. By day three back into the ER I go. Was positive for a d-dimer, but the ultrasound found no clots. All other routine blood work was ok. As of today the pain has faded a bit in the joints I have stated about, however has moved into my left shoulder and left knee. I’m on large amount on pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Still no answers. I know I’m becoming extremely frustrated and depressed. I’m so tired of being sick. Please if you know anything let me know. Sincerely, Katie

doctor1 MD

my husband was diagnosed with BPH grade 1 in 2003. then last march 01, 2011 he had a kub ultrasound,impression: normal sized prostate gland with concretions. he was prescribed hytrin tablet to be taken before bedtime. last june 06, a kub ultrasound was done on him. impression: no prostatic glandpathology detected.. what can you comment about this? should he continue taking the medicine?.. thanks Miles of Bulacan,

doctor1 MD

Hi I recently had a renal ultrasound done for blood in my urine and flank pain. They found a 4mm non shadow something on my right kidney and a 6mm non shadow something on my left kidney what does this mean? my age is 43 I am a female. Now they have scheduled a cystoscope in a few days should I be worried?

doctor1 MD

I have been consuming alcohol for last 10 yeras. Last one year only intermittent consumption. LFT readings are high after consumption, gets within normal reading within 2 weeks of stopping. Stopped conumption on 25th January. LFT readings on 13th February was- Bilirubin total 0.6, direct 0.2. SGOT 37, SGPT 47. On 23rd February LFT showed elevated bilirubin - 1.2,0.3. 35, 44. No alcohol intake during the period. Ultrasound scan taken on 26th showed liver, normal in size, with fatty infiltration. From 26th February till 12th March consumed alcohol. LFT taken today 27th March shows, bilirubin 1.2. 0.3, Sgot 39, SGPT 42. Usally after abstainance for two weeks, bilirubin should have been well within normal levels. Does this indicate any liver damage or beginning stage of cirrhosis? kindly advise. Now after three weks bilirubin levels are again normal at 0.7.