• Kristin Kristin
    May 10, 2014
    why do i have a sharp, intense, infrequent, sporadic Pain, that is just below my r.rib, lowest rib
    Kristin Kristin
    May 10, 2014

    Why do i have a sharp, intense, infrequent, sporadic pain that is just below my right ribcage?  An MRI of the lowest rib last year was inconclusive.  I am a Stage III breast cancer survivor thanks to treatment at the Mayo Clinic in 2010. My current doctor, an excellent oncologist, just ordered CT scan, which was done so recently i don't have results yet. The pain has been there since the breast reconstruction surgery, which  failed. The pain is usually if not always after I have eaten or drank something.  After the CT scan, which was done on an empty stomach, I took some sips of carbonated water and the pain was intense. Does anyone have idea what it could be?



  • Martin Reed
    Health Guide
    May 12, 2014
    Martin Reed
    Health Guide
    May 10, 2014

    Hello Kristin

     This is a question area for sleep issues - as an insomnia expert I'm not really qualified to offer advice for your situation.  Please feel free to post your question in a more relevant category such as the breast cancer section and hopefully an expert there will be able to help. I will say that it sounds like it could be something related to the failed breast reconstruction surgery, or that fact that it's triggered by food means it could be a problem with your stomach, such as GERD or heartburn, which can cause a great deal of pain if untreated.

    Here is some information you might find useful:

    Introduction to Acid Reflux

    Is it Heartburn or Indigestion?

    Let's Talk Pain Meds

    Good luck!


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