I have a pain just below my rib on the right side. It hurts when I sneeze or cough. It is also tender to the touch and sometimes hurts around to my back on the right side. What could it be?
One possible reason for your rib pain could be costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone. The most common symptoms of costochondritis are pain in the chest wall, particularly the area where the ribs connect. The tenderness you mention is also a very common sign of this condition. If you have swelling as well it may be Tietze's Syndrome.
Many cases of costochondritis don't have a clear cause, but strenuous exercise, a blow to the chest, and respiratory illnesses that cause a lot of coughing or sneezing have been linked to the problem. Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions may also increase your chance of getting costochondritis.
Most of the treatment for your pain is aimed at reducing inflammation, so if you aren't already resting and alternating moist heat and ice packs, try that. You can also see if an over-the-counter pain reliever helps.
Hi there, midtx43 -
It looks like you got a lot of great advice from our community about this problem! Did you go to the doctor to find out what the problem was? Perhaps you could come back to this thread and tell us what they found and how it was treated? My first thought was that you had problems with your gallbladder, which I hope was not the case!
Here are some links that you might find helpful for managing pain, by the way. Best of luck to you, and thank you for coming to ask a question here at HealthCentral!
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hello everyone i am a 24 yr old female who is not so much having pain but rather a swollen feeling. Occasionally there is pain when I bend over, and the past four months i was having severe pain in my breastbone...this has not been happening since Nov. Now the swollen feeling is going around to my back, I have an U.S. of my gallbladder liver area Mon. but Im very worried, because I was an alcholic for about 4 yrs. Sometimes there is also a crawling feeling in my entire right abdomen and bloating/trapped gas. I also do have a lower spinal injury that has not yet been cared for. Any input would really put my mind at ease, we're all too young for all this! lol Thanks everyone
I am so glad you posted this, This sounds like what i may be going through. it happends every now and then, and Dr's. can't find anything wrong. they have done scans and x-rays, and nothing shows wrong. So what is it that you do for relief. it actually takes mine a few days to go away. maybe some anti-inflamatory pills?
Oops sorry....Alysia, Nina's comment is in refernce to your post...what is it you do for relief?
Thank you Alysia.Williams very much!!!!
Your reply on this have really helped!!!!I have researched this on the web as my wife seems have her intercostal muscles affected.
It's easy to treat the intercostals. Run your opposite hand finger tip between your ribs. Press in deeply and feel for a painful point that may even feel like a bump under your finger tip. If you find one (or more) just press and hold for 60 seconds, then continue holding while you take in a long, slow, breath. Then look for more points.Eventually you can then start to gently stretch the intercostals by raising the arm of the side you are stretching over your head and then extending this side to the opposite.
I have read another post from "haysnate" on CMRT-Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique, which has brought great relief to her!
This worked for me! The pain under my right rib cage is now gone, and before I pushed in with my fingers for about a minute and took a deep breath, the pain felt like a bruise-type pain that wouldn't go away. Thanks very much!
i keep getting bad pains on my right side it makes me feel like im going to be sick and i always feel dizzy and get bad head aches and it makes me cry cause of the pain but i only get this pain now and then im just worried im not sure what its causing the pain and i feel weak when i get this pain and its just on my right side and that. could you let me know what my pain is getting caused by.
wow , i have read your symptoms , i have pain on right side under lower rib was a dull pain feeling like a bruise, that has been bothering me since my back surgery on 08/01/2008,...untill 08/21/2009,i sneezed and felt a pop ,and a very sharp pain in the area of said above, and also when i cough or sneez now it is a very sharp pain then it goes back to feeling like a bruise ,have not gone to doctors as of 8/21/09 .due to lost job and no insuriance now waiting for medic cal ( wellfare ) to kick in
I am a 49 year old female and I also have the exact symptoms (pain under my ribs on the right side) and have had them for three years now. It went from a dull ache to a very painful almost constant burning pain. When the ache first started (3 years ago) I went to my PCP and she ordered bloodwork, stool tests...almost everything to check my intestines. Everything was fine. I was amazed when I read that you had a "botched" back surgery because I did too. That was four years ago. I am on several meds (including oxycodone 10/325) and am fearful that it's my liver. Recenty, a different doctor (two weeks ago) only ordered a chest x-ray for this symptom. They said I had scoleios! Nothing else was done to adress this stupid pain under my ribs! I really find it intersting that we both had back surgery. I have had two (the second one was to fix the mess they after the first). I have an appointment with a new doctor tomorrow and am going to demand (or try to anyway, I'm not agressive enough!) blood work to check my liver and an ultra sound of the area, and whatever else that can be done to find the reason for this. I also want my life back...darn it!!! I feel like it's over already!
too many pain meds will cause this, and you all are on pain meds it sounds like.
This is weird.. I am a 35 wht female and I have had no surgeries except for a procedure, colonoscopy and I feel it... and I wish I knew what causes it. I am hoping to check it out.. and I will reply if I found out something...
i am having the same symptoms. did you ever find out what the cause is?
I had the same symptoms, I was EXTREMELY tender under the right front rib cage... HURT BAD! haha, but I had a chiropractor do a technique he called CMRT. The technique itself while he was doing it was somewhat painful, but it was so worth it and I could literally feel stuff in there getting worked out. It was kind of like "ouch ouch, keep going" Took him about 15 minutes for the treatment. It is amazing, I feel great the pain is gone. After one treatment pain was 80% gone, after two it's 100% gone. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, I saw all of you out there suffering from this and I really truly believe that this will fix you.
Hi, i am a 21 year old female and just got out of jail... i was in there for little over two months. During my stay in there i developed very sharp pains on my right side undermy ribcage. It is also hurts very much so that it is difficult for me to breath deep... It hurts most in the mornings and usualy goes away after awhile throughout the day. but today for example i cant breath deep all day long and dont know what to do. i dont really want to go to the doctor who give us the run around and cant even be sure of what it is themselves. so here i am trying to hear from the people who have been there and done it.!!!!! please help
Bingo you think you take a pill and it just slides down and goes out after it desolves
well I never had back sugery. But the pain, it is A touchy, cant move fast, or reach, had it before stoped all medicines over counter and prescribed, drank alot of water lightly exersized chewed my food like never before and it worked also keep in mined you take some of those pain pills and some of your veins, arteries, muscles get numb or use to them, every micro part of your body reacts were just hoping to stop the pain, I think this person hit it right on. We take our bodies for granted I myself just learned this. You need to flush, sometimes and chew real well your the prossesor your body is the engine,it just doesnt like to work sometimes, so we help it,Also I would not had believed anyone if they told me exersize would help the pain,I believe now, live just live smile everyday till you notice its just on auto pilot, it may not cure anything but you will see a difference.
I know this question is 2 years later, but how are you feeling? I would prefer to get things done the natural way, as I am experiencing the same pain, and was wondering if you found out the cause of the pain and how the procedure goes? Thanks!
Hi, I am 51 yrs old and originally thought the pain was in my lung in the rt side of my back, but recently it had shifted to come around to the front under my rt breast. I know I have a fatty liver, had my gallbladder out but I too had a failed back surgery 12 yrs ago and have been in constant pain with that. Sometimes my pain feels like it is stabbing me with every little move I make but not so much when I breath anymore. My back pain has gotten tons worse too, to the point I can hardly move with out pain. I had a L5 laminectomy but it's gotten to the point I can't walk after I sit or lay down an try to get up. I take tons of meds so I know my liver could be the issue most likely but weird you mentioned your back trouble. Please let me know if you find out any more diagnosis please. thanks Tammy
Listen all of you! I had the same symptoms, I was EXTREMELY tender under the right front rib cage... HURT BAD! haha, but I had a chiropractor do a technique he called CMRT. The technique itself while he was doing it was somewhat painful, but it was so worth it and I could literally feel stuff in there getting worked out. It was kind of like "ouch ouch, keep going" Took him about 15 minutes for the treatment. It is amazing, I feel great the pain is gone. After one treatment pain was 80% gone, after two it's 100% gone. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, I saw all of you out there suffering from this and I really truly believe that this will fix you.
Hi...I would be interested in hearing more about CMRT...thanks!
I ALSO HAVE RIGHT RIB PAIN MINE IS IN THE BACK THOUGH I HAVE HAD 2 BONE SCANS 2 MRI NUMEROUS XRAYS..FIRST THE DR SAID IT WAS AN INFECTION,THEN THE NEXT DOC SAID IT WAS FRACTURED RIBS NOW THEY TELL ME THE BONE SCAN SHOWS TWO HOT SPOTS ON ON MY RIGHT LOWER POSTERIAL LUNG OR 10TH RI AND ONE ON MY STERNUM...STILL NO ONE HAS AN ANSWER AS TO WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TREATMENT I AM STILL IN PAIN...
HELLO. I HAVE CHRONIC PANCREATITS THRU A BIRTH DEFECT. THE PAIN MY STOMACH I
I have had the very same pain. I just discovered that my gallbladder is functioning at 4%. I have to have surgery to remove it, but the surgeon said that he could not guarantee that it would relieve that pain. I suggest you look into the test for that also.
Could also be a virus. Try olive leaf extract, helps heal many aliments, like inflamation, high blood pressure, kills off bacteria, yeast. It has many good benefits with no side effects. You could get Herxheimer Reaction which is when it kills off alot of bacteria and the body can't get rid of the toxins, usually kind of the same as going through detox, like head aches ect.
There is also a product called Miracle II Soap and Nuetralizer that helps the body get rid of these toxins.
I strongly suggest googling both the olive leaf extract and the Miracle II soap and nuetralizer. Has helped me in healing my body naturally when i had lyme disease.
Totally healed with a clean bill of health from my Dr.
I am 38 and have been having the same pain for only a week now. Have had a CT scan to check my bladder and kidneys (nothing wrong) and a ultrasound to check liver, pancreas, gallbladder, intestines etc. (nothing wrong) still in severe pain and very nauseous. Have to take phenergan just to keep my food down. I wish I knew what was wrong with me. Mine hurts when I sneeze or cough and is also very tender to touch. They thought it was my gallbladder but it wasn't.
Check with your doctor if you have a hernia? That's what happened to me. Some show and some don't. Please have it checked out.
i have been having pain in my right side under my rib cage. i also have alot of other health issues. a brain tumor,hydrocephalus,uterine cancer,arthritus in my back, fibromyalgia,constant headaches. have had to go to er so much they think im just drug seeking.im tired of feelin bad constantly.they wont even check out my complaints anymore.what do i do. i just want to be out of pain
I have had this problem for a month. The pain was so bad at one point i even went to the ER. I have done every test and all came up nothing. I just got a CT Scan of my lungs and I am afraid they found something. It could be a Cyst! I will know more on tuesday. Check this out, go get a CT scan.
I started having PAINS in my side several months ago, I went in for a CT scan and Utrasound of gallbladder an liver, I had liver blood work as well an my liver enzymes were high.....After test i was told my liver was Very large and very Fatty.. This is called nash disease.. I am scheduled in next few weeks for a biopsy of liver an then too start a liver treatment like Chemotheraphy for 6-8 weeks. I did have gallstones too.. It worries me cause i also have MRSA on my stomach an i have COPD and diabetes. I am wishing for the best on this treatment, But the pain now in my side at times is so bad itmakes me nausea feeling.... i hope this answer helps someone.....Michael in Missouri(joplin)
Rib Tip Syndrom.
I had a lap chole more than a year ago. It helped me to not have the excrutiating pains that I constantly have before. But after surgery I still have the pain on my right upper part below my ridge cage when I try to thump my back I can feel pain on the right side only. Sometimes when I take a deep breath, I can feel a slight pain on the right side under my ripcage..doesnt hurt much but I'm worrying if it's my liver. I've been diagnosed with mild gerd and I'm not sure if it's the cause. Bloating is worse and my stomach burns. I'm so much stressed and I'm not sure if I still have my hyperthyroid because I stopped going to my doctor when I resigned from my job months ago..I don't have my health insurance anymore so I'm trying to find some remedy online.
I am having sharp pains on right side behind rib cage
I read all your answers the other night and frankly, I went to bed vrry worried...about the answers and the lack of findings from practitioners. I was thinking about my fatty liver, but even though that means inflamed, my pain seemed greater. I thought about intestines being located there too. I have never been regular, but didn't think it was that bad. However, I decided to clean myself out. I drank a bottle of magnesium citrate yesterday and I'm here to tell you that the severity of yesterday's pain has subsided well over 50%. Once I started my bathroom trips, I noticed a difference, but this morning is incredible. Could have been blocked at that spot, which may be common according to the amount of people with the same symptoms. Docs go for all the tests first. It's worth a shot. If it doesn't help, sure go to tthe doc. Fyi, fatty liver, spots on lungs, etc, won't be painful like this. And slight or moderate pain about 2" to the right of your belly button alerts you to improper functioning gallbladder, not rib cage or base of lung.
You figured out cause and effect of the bowels. They control everything...crazy things! I tried that magnessium trick a couple years ago and it worked for the pain as well. I mostly have IBS-d, but IBS-c can be horrible for back pain sufferers. When you aren't going at least once a day the bowels get so inflamed and cause cause a lot of radiating pain. Keep up the experimenting. One word of advice though, increasing fiber could potentially make your back pain worse, bulking you up even more and slowing things down more. Don't believe all those high fiber guru people normal amounts are just fine. I would just titrate the amount of magnessium up just enough to keep everything moving daily, any more than that can cause you to go to much the other way. Natural Calm is a great product for this. :)
i get a pain on my right side near my ribs, sounds strange but sometimes it feels like something is turning and its hard to breathe. any ideas what it might be
I have a pain below my rib on the right side ut hurts if I breath and cough I need to sleep on my right side as I can not feel any pain but when I lie on my back and stomoch the pain drives me crazey I even felt a burning pian sticking like needles on my heart from this pain.
I posted earlier this year about this type of pain. After 8 months...I am finally mostly pain free. You have to visit a Chiropractor and Physical therapist to get this worked out. I thought it was my liver, or gallbladder (which I had removed with no effect..lovely). Your nerves inervate all your internal organs and muscles and can cause numbness, tingling, pins and needles and just plain old pain. These are all varying degrees of your nerves in your vertebra being pinched off. Over the years I have been sitting wrong, sleeping wrong and doing to many stairs which shorten the Psoas muscle. It runs down deep in your stomach and can shorten over time, pulling all your vertebrae out of place. Be patient with any chiropractic or physical therapy treatment.....as I said, It has taken me 8 months of constant treatment to be almost free of any pain. Try to find a Chiropractor that offers a monthy fee instead of a per time fee. It will save you a lot of money. Hope this helps :)
Have this pain on my right side around the riba cage. Subsides when I lay on my back. Sometimes the pain goes around my back? This goes on for hrs.
I am having these pains too under right rib for at least 6 months now ,comes and goes. It's not horrible pain just iritating. seems it can be a number or things after reading peoples replies, so I'm just going to see a doctor I think.
But others with the pain, just want you to know colon cancer can give you abdominal and lower back pain, also a symptom is narrow bowel movements and diareaha. My Dad had lower back pains and diareaha for over a year, not one single doctor tested him or looked into it, they just perscribed pain killers, one doctor even said it was arthritis. My poor dad believed he had arthritis. He ended up breaking his leg and was in the hospital for about 2 months. They finally started testing him and 5 days before he passed we found out he had stage 4 colon cancer which spread to his liver and lungs. I don't want to scare anyone , but colon cancer too can give you these pains. A colonostipy maybe a good idea too for you people having this pain.
See my answer below....it may help you with the rib pain
In regards to the Rt Rib cage pain I've also had it for several years and it is very very painful to touch. Mine is "not" in the front it wraps around to the backside and is directly on a specific rib and underit. If it's mashed on it nearly brings tears to my eyes it is so painful. My Dr. once recommended giving the Myobloc injections in that area and I was willing to try it but it didn't do anything and the injection was so painful to the point of unbareable pain I'm not wanting anymore of them in that area. Those injections do help the spine muscles relax temporarily short term but not the ribcage pain! The Dr focused on my spine pain due to the failed back and neck fusions surgeries for the most part and ignored the rib pain there-after. Dr never really looked into it further and suggested it was probably related to my spine complications. So I don't really know either but it is really painful to cough or sneeze in that rib area as well as in the spine neck area where I've had surgeries. The pain is so bad you just know it's not normal and feels like somethings really wrong.
I wonder if it's related to my spine problems or not though and wish I knew more about it and what's wrong....
The person who posted something about the muscle being torn I think sounds more like it! I use to work in very very heavy lifting type jobs with steel panels weighing nearly 300 lbs having to lift them numerous time in a day. I use to also lift sheetrock all day long framing and hanging sheetrock in home and this required a lot of heavy lifting as well. I also worked on triple derick oilriggs extremely hard work. Working 12 hour days sure can take a toll on ones body of all this kind of work. Add a couple bad car wrecks to the mix and walla! When your young and strong I didn't even think about it one bit I just did it and was a very hard worker. My spine has degenerated very fast certainly hard labor didn't help and injuries resulting in numerous spine surgeries both neck and low back. I honestly still believe I've torn the muscles/ligaments/tendons literally away from my spine or at least over stretched and damaged these muscles from all the years of hard labor. I can recall days where I suffered extreme pain from overworking. I'm certainly paying the price for it everyday with my health now....
Hi folks. I too had been suffering for 2 yrs from the same pain...just under right rib cage. My doctor tried everything from liver scans to heart tests. I finally found what was causing mine....a chronic Giardia infection (Gardia is a common protozoa apparently not kiled by most antibiotics) of my small bowel. I found a couple of online forums and took 4000 mg of odor-free garlic tablets yesterday. I woke up this morning with no pain and zero sensation of fullness under the ribs for the first time in two years. (I am not a doctor and this isn't medical advice). Just my story....it might help your doctor find your problem.
Did you have pain that started under your right rib and traveled to your ribs in the back, was constant, but typically not excrusiating? I just had my gallbladder out and thought that would get rid of the pain...nope....I have the exact same pain as before surgery....so depressing. The only time I am not in pain is when I sleep at night, but it comes back as soon as I wake up. I don't know how to contact you directly, but would love to hear back from you.....if you can call me I would love to chat. Thank you!
Yes, dull ache for 2 solid years, except when lying down. A "full" feeling just under my right rib cage that sometimes radiated to my lower left back. I also had "sulphur burps," lactose intollerance and alternating bouts of loose stools off and on.
So you took 4000mg garlic one night and it was gone? Are you still taking 4000mg every day now? I have had every test in the book and nothing is ever found, just this annoying fullness that radiates to my back and causes back pain. What brand of garlic did you take? The one I have in front of me is only 320 mg...I would have to take like 12 of them. I used to have loose stools, but now I am the other way mostly.
Thanks for your response....I also sent you a few emails....:)
By the way, this does not work....I ate so many garlic I wanted to puke. See my answer below for what did finally work
hi there! I know this post is 2 years old now, but i would love to know howyou are getting along now? I have the exact same issues as you. Did you find the cause, and have you been cured?!
just wondering if you ever found a cure? I have the exact same thiung after GB removal. Any help would be apprciated
Hi, I was the one who went to a chiropractor forever. It does help, but it is just a crutch...it does not heal. The pain your experiencing originates from your digestive tract. Those nerves that are irritated or inflammed present themselves with pain under the ribs, and for me, pain that went up into my right shoulder as well. I am on a healing program right now that takes a good three years or so to do. I am a year in and although, not healed yet, I at least know how to eat to keep those pains in my back from happening. I found that the more carbs and fiber I injested, really screwed up my unhealthy digestive tract. I am eating a very high fat/paleo type diet right now to heal back some of the erosions (diverticulitis) that have been caused by IBS-D. If you want more information on the program I am on...let me know. I will warn you though, much patience in needed as the body cannot heal quickly as the world would have us believe with all the millions of supplements out there that DO NOT HEAL! They are at most only crutches, so don't waste your hard earned money.
I have a pain just below my rib on the right side. It hurts when i sneeze or cough. It is also tender to the touch and sometimes radiates around towards the back of the bottom rib. Please tell me the problem