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Pain below right rib cage.

Has anyone experienced pain below their right rib cage? I don't get it all the time but it happens evry now and then. It happens most when I am driving. It almost feels like my rib is catching on my stomache.

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cupcakedecay
cupcakedecay

I was having this the other day, I swore it was my liver til i discovered the liver was on the other side lol lol! I dunno what it is, but i felt it after I ate...so i dunno if it was just an odd belly ache or what hmmmm!
rmb
rmb

Your gall bladder is located in that general area.
ShilosMommy
ShilosMommy

I've also gotten strange pains there too, don't have any idea what it is. It will be really sharp for awhile, then go away. I guess I just figure it's okay as long as it keeps going away.....It's on my list of 101 things to ask my doctor on the next visit.

Sarah
deleted_user
deleted_user

ya it could be your gallbladder......
deleted_user
deleted_user

The only thing i could find on the web: ostochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome.

Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to resolve on its own.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hmm ... it could easily be any of these things. Just wanted to add (I know I've said it in other discussions posts, so apologies if this is like the 20th re-run of this story). When I first went to the doctor I complained of right lower rib cage/upper right abdominal pain. It really almost felt like really bad gas .. until I started munching Gas-X pills and nothing happened. Then it got worse, difficult to lie down, I wasn't sleeping ... and they originally diagnosed me with gallstones - TWICE as my symptoms were "classic" - until the ultrasound showed a clear gallbladder. It turns out the pain was caused by mild (mild, my a$$!!!) "plueral effusion" - fluid around the lining of the lungs and was caused by the PE and apparently happens with irritation of the lung lining. I think people with pneumonia can get the same thing.

Gosh ... this is discussion string is like an episode of "House" - I'd say it's worth getting checked out - seems like it could be any of these things!

Take care!
deleted_user
deleted_user

hi, i have had this symptom for many years. stretch under the lower right rib cage and a twist in upper chest pressurizing the heart.

now i guess this is the outcome of my pe or the cause?
dero
dero

I will echoe the gall bladder, since I thought I was having a PE and it actually was a Gall Bladder attack, still waiting for the surgeon to confirm a date on the table.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi, I just had my PE (3/2/09) and developed SEVERE right lower rib cage pain. I would wake up and my entire right side would be in pain including my shoulder. Couldn't lay on that side or on back and barely on left side without agonizing pain. Had to get up and it would get better. Now have pain all the time in same spot - mostly when I yawn or breath deep, but also, and the worst, when I burp. Then it is like someone is stabbing me in my side and I cry out involuntarily. Doctor finally ordered another CT and I have an infarction in my lower right lung which he says can be causing my pain. If not for this pain I would feel 95% recovered from PE. On pain medication but don't want to be on those forever (or for any longer) but still so painful. I have been reading other posts and I think I will try acupuncture.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi,
I've got that, too! It was really bad last night but as opposed to my abdominal pain which lasts longer, this pain came and went within minutes each time and was more of a sharpish pain rather than a dull digestion-y ache.
My GP reckons I'm having a reaction to the warfarin so I thought it was just that but now I'll make sure I ask my specialist about that pain separately. Like Shilo's Mum, I've got a growing list of questions :-)
deleted_user
deleted_user

Kellio, if you have an infarction, it should eventually heal. My pulmonologist told me it would take a few weeks for the pain to go away. It's been two months now and the pain is gone. I hope you heal quickly!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I've only had pain starting today in left rib cage area. It's about a 1-2 on pain scale of 1-10. When I was diagnosed w/multiple PE's and DVT in lower left leg, the only symptom that I had was shortness of breath not pain.