I'm Experiencing A Severe Pain In My Left Side, What Seems To Me Is Under The Rib Cage. The Pain Has Lasted For 16 Days And Has Gotten Persistanly Worse Each Day.

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I'm Experiencing A Severe Pain In My Left Side, What Seems To Me Is Under The Rib Cage. The Pain Has Lasted For 16 Days And Has Gotten Persistanly Worse Each Day.

I'm experiencing a severe pain in my left side under the rib cage. The pain has lasted for 16 days and has gotten consistently worse each day. I have been to multiple doctors and had many tests. First they checked for kidney stones/infection, but the CT scan, X-rays, and bloodwork/urine tests came back clean. Because the pain is so severe, I was then X-rayed for broken ribs, and none were found. The bloodwork for inflammatory diseases also came back negative.

I have an appointment with a chiropractor after the Christmas holiday to check for a pinched nerve, but because of the severity of the pain, I do not think I can wait. I'm currently taking 5 mg Lortab and two Aleve every four hours (which give me very little relief). There are no other symptoms, and prior to this pain I exerienced no injury or other illness. I'd really appreciate any advice or thoughts. Thank you.

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Does the pain get worse when you cough or take a deep breath? If so, you could be dealing with costochondritis, although that is usually more toward the chest than the side. Here's an article that will tell you more about it to see if that's a possibility: Costochondritis

I'm glad you've seen a doctor to rule out any cardiac symptoms. Pain like that can be very worrying if it's sudden onset like that.

Here are some other links that might be helpful to you as you're dealing with this. I hope they find an answer for you soon!

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