Pain/discomfort under right rib cage.

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I have been experiencing this for the last few months, I have been searching the web looking for answers.  I am a 45 year old female, in good health, I take no medications, thin, active, I eat healthy, so I am at a loss. I have this feeling like there is something under my right rib cage as if something is stuck underneath or enlarged. At first I thought I had strained a muscle b/c I had been working out in the yard the day before it started. It doesn't hurt, it just feels like there is something there that shouldn't be but when I touch the area there is no swelling or bulge. After about 3-4 weeks when it wasn't going away I went to see my doctor. They did blood work, urine labs and sent me for an ultrasound of gallbladder, all came back normal. I have no other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc. just this feeling like something is there. It seemed to go away on it's own and then came back and has come and gone since sometimes lasting a few days, sometimes a few weeks. When it is back wearing a bra is uncomfortable. Sometimes there is a warmth or burning sensation in the area. The only other symptoms I have had that I think are related are these: A few months before this started I experienced a fluttering sensation, almost like when I was pregnant and the baby moved, in the same location, a couple of times. Since this has started, on 3 or 4 different occasions, I have experienced a charlie horse like spasm in the same area, below the right rib, when bending over from a sitting position. Does anyone have any answers as to what this might be?  Does it sound like IBS? Peptic Ulcer? Hiatal Hernia?  

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    Hi Kit

    Sounds like a Hiatus Hernia to me - I have one plus lots of other problems too. I too find wearing a bra very uncomfortable most of the time. Do you suffer from Gastric Reflux? Raising the head end of your bed by about 4 ins helps, as it stops the acid coming back in the night. Certain foods aggravate it, ie Acid foods, fatty foods, alcohol.Having an endoscopy will verify this, but need to see an upper GI specialist first. Good luck

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      I am having huge problems I have been ultra sound and blood test done to the max I have a hyena hernia and 3 gallstones had a endoscopy and a colonoscopy I have no relieve and wearing a bra has dug into muscle under breasts from swelling og upper stomache...running out of oprions tried everything stress doesn't help either

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      Hi there! I think this thread is old but I just saw you posted a couple months back.

      I've been having the symptoms for several months (feels like something is stuck under my right rib, not much else) Lab work came back fine. Gallbladder checked out perfectly clear, but it turns out I have a lesion on my liver. Getting an MRI next week.

      I had sudden chest pain in the middle of the night a few days ago but not again since.

      Have you had anyone look at your liver?

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      I had a couple lesions on my liver when I went in for an ultra sound and CT scan.....but they said a lot of people do...not to be concerned 🤔, I'm going in for an MRI and a thyroid ultrasound on Friday to find out why I have this bubble feeling under my right rib and now an irratated raspy throat at times....I also have bloating at times....having troubles with constipation.....they said I had a hiatal hernia when they did my colonoscopy and endoscopy, As well as acid reflux but I never had any heartburn until after my tests were done. The Dr put me on Zantac and then Prilosec then I started getting heartburn... So I got off of them and now I get heartburn quite often and it's the type of heartburn that starts in the morning and doesn't go away until I go to bed😣 so I will let you know what the doctors fine on my MRI .....this is very frustrating it's been going on since January😥

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      Good luck! Let me know how that MRI goes. I'm hoping mine will also happen this week. The great thing about an abdominal MRI is they should be able to see pretty much everything so I hope both of us get some sort of diagnosis. I'll report back with what I find!

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      Everything looked normal but they weren't able to diagnose the liver lesion. I am having another MRI in November to see if it changes. They believe the liver lesion is an incidental finding and they do not believe the liver is causing my discomfort.

      I am seeing a GI doc today and having a pelvic ultrasound tomorrow. They want to rule out things like ovarian cancer, cysts, and endometriosis. I will keep you posted! What did you find out?

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      Hello , I had this problem too. I have a hiatus hernia , could not endure it a second time so I have been taken off the lust for an MRI on my liver . When I had an ultra sound my gall bladder was ok but it revealed a light patch on my liver , hence the MRI referral . I was on Lansoprazole for gastric reflux but haven’t taken it for a week as I hate taking tablets permanently. The reflux hasn’t reoccurred as yet but the under the rib discomfort has! Don’t know what to do now?! 
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      Was all alright?

      They saw 2.5

      Cm lesion on my liver too- when checking me after a hernia repair as i have abdominal pains after surgery- but after MRI though they said all ok -nothing dangerous. This was 10 months ago but I still have pains under right ribs-

      Feeling like something is there, bubble feeling? Hurts all the time

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      this is me as well. Started December 13. had a CT and they found nothing so now waiting on HIDA scan for gallbladder. The worst thing for me is if I sit in a car for an extended period. It really aggravates it. Whatever "it" is.

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      So many of us have something similar, and no doctor i have seen has been able to figure it out. I have the same problem sitting in a car, especially for longer drives. It helps me to use a small back support pillow--keeps me from slumping

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      hi there! I never check this thread anymore, so sorry. so, all is fine so far. I had my third pregnancy since and it was incredibly uncomfortable during that time. The sensation comes and goes but I have a few episodes where I ben over and feel like something I can only describe as an organ flipping or getting stuck. The pain is incredible and takes my breath away for a few moments. I do feel this more in the evening after eating and I do wonder if it has anything to do with having three kids/pregnancies. Perhaps something muscular or maybe an organ out of place.

      How are you doing? Have you found anything out?

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      This is exactly what I've been going through!

      It's been 2 months now and I have no idea what this could be.

      My gp diagnosed me with acid reflux.

      I've been on PPI's for a few weeks now.

      I have a very uncomfortable feeling below my ribs, it doesn't hurt too much but it's just uncomfortable.

      It's more prominent when I sit down while standing makes it better?

      I also have a burning feeling in that part sometimes.

      Had nausea once or twice but that's about it. My bloodwork came out normal too.

      Did you find out the cause?

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      @tzumi56935 I have been experiencing this too! I was prescribed acid reflux tablets due to chest pain and they got rid of that, however I stopped taking them (I thought I was experiencing bad cramps with them but this was due to my anti-depressant) anyway, I have something in my right rib, (sometimes in my left but that goes away), feels like an air bubble. It doesn't hurt, its just uncomfortable when I'm sitting.. which is mostly all day due to my job. I also have been having right side pain (which the doctor said was nothing, although he said my pain in the back could be a kidney infection) which has temporarily gone. I was diagnosed with IBS a few months back and I'm lactose intolerant. I stupidly had some galaxy chocolate last night (was craving it) and that's when it started. I've slept on it and low and behold it's still here this morning. I've tried stretching, fluids, acid reflux tablets, indigestion tablets, IBS tablets, the works. Has anyone managed to get rid of their weird rib bubble?

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      Hi! I'm three months in and it's still here. It gets a bit less uncomfortable some days and a lot worse other days. I really have no idea as to what it could be and honestly, I'm just tired of it now.

      I've consulted so many physicians but medications don't seem to help. If you figure out any solution, please share here!!

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