Lump sticks out under rib cage

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For a number of years, if I bend over at an angle .... eg if sitting at desk, I drop something on floor and I reach down to floor (front & right)i get a lump that sticks out ... looks like a large sausage running along line of edge of rib cage ... about 5" long.

The pain is intense, only pressure pushing lump in ...and arching myself backwards relieves it.

location is just below rib cage ... starting about 1/3rd in from centreline and follows curve of rib cage for about 5" towards my right side.

Lasts several minutes, the lump feels hard ... certainly not soft.

After it subsides and lump goes away, the area feels bruised if palpated, often for a couple of days .... but no bruising discoloration.

My Dr referred me to hospital for Muscular Skeletal tests .... x-rays & ultrasound resulted in a nice report ruling out broken ribs, which I did not consider in first place.

Nothing conclusive ... referring me back to my Dr.

Today it got worse ... I was driving and it suddenly it happened, very painful and pretty difficult to deal with at speed, it happened several times ... this was without any reaching down or bending.

Due to risk, I now need to get this looked into further ... any suggestions?

Obvious first thought was hernia ... but seems unlikely place, plus the lump is not soft.

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  • Posted

    I have the exact same thing. I have had all kinds of tests and they have never figured it out. From Endoscopy to Anoscopy! Mouth to exit.

    I have done those contortions you describe.

    I told the Dr. it is like when you get a "crick" in your neck and you have to move your neck all sort of ways to get the spasm or whatever is going on to stop.

    I thought I was the only person who ever got this crazy thing.

    They say there is nothing there to cause this.

    My gallbladder and appendix have been gone for years.

    I hope if you find out, let me know.

  • Posted

    Have you had an MRI scan?

    • Posted

      Yes. I have dealt with this for over 10 years, and have seen everybody from Gastro, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Urology, etc.

      Basically they seem to think its more of a muscle spasm. Although they did find a hiatus hernia. And I recently was hospitalized with acute inflammation of the terminal ileum which they term it as Ileitis.

      Course of IV antibiotics and 3 day hospital stay. Awaiting further testing through Gastro to include a breath test.

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    Have you strained your ribcage or banged it? Two conditions string to mind: costochondritis and Tietze Syndrome.Costochonditis causes intense rib cage pain that can radiate to the back. Tietze syndrome is similar but it causes swelling around the ribcage area. Ask your doctor about these conditions. There isn't much you can do about it. I was told take painkillers and wait it out. Stress can cause it; it did with me.

  • Posted

    I saw this and wondered if this might be what is going on..."

    The most common reason for a lump forming on the ribs is something known as a lipoma, which is a collection of fatty tissue. ... Other causes of a lump on your rib could be: a bone spur - these are usually hard, fixed, i.e. they don't move under your fingers and tender. an inflamed muscle.

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    hi, i know exactly how it feels because im experiencing the same thing! my lump appears out of nowhere when i bend forward but mine is only 3 inches at most. its so painful and the only way to get rid of it is to stand up and bend my body almost backwards. then it dies down, the lump goes away like it never happened, until the next time. it happened 2 times day before yesterday and 3 times yesterday. i feel for you! please tell me you found out what it is because all the research I've done shows nothing except 2 other people have experienced this! thanks, Angela

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    Same thing here. Front right under ribs. First they checked my gallbladder and abdominal Ultrasound and everything was good. After some research I was convinced it is an epigastric hernia but had a ct scan and nothing showed. Dr. wants to send me to GI specialist. surgeon said it could be hernia but not big enough to show but it is getting more frequent and staying bulged longer. Always happens when I am bent over and flex my abdomen quickly. I raise my right arm and stretch backward to release it and it will stay bruised for days afterward. I am sorry this is happening to you as well but glad I am not crazy. It's one of those things others cant really see so I feel like I seem crazy.

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    I have had the same thing for 30 years. has got worse over the last year or so. If i bend to put socks on or even sit down it will pop out and i have to stretch until it pops back in. i have got used to it now but it can be painful. i have had an mri scan but nothing showed up.

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