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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      I also have more discomfort while driving but Im also having a left side ache. The bubble feeling doesn't hurt, im still able to work out. I have started drinking tea and added more fiber to my diet. Has anybody received any diagnosis? I've been having this feeling for about a month or so. Thank You

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      still have it 😦

      medications aren't helping much in my case. can you keep this thread updated after your appointment in case you find any reason or solution for the discomfort? that would be a big help!

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      I can't believe i just read your message and you describe exactly what has started happening to me. only sometimes and always when im in a sitting position, usually where im quite tucked over. suddenly it feels like an organ pops out from under my rib cage. its very painful and uncomfortable. after about 20 seconds it goes it feels like it gradually moves back into place. i too have had three children .

      please let me know if you have got any answers yet to this strange occurance!

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      I'm so glad i found this feed. I have experienced these same symptoms since Oct. 2014. I'm healthy and take great care of myself. I have had an ultrasound on my gallbladder, an mri on my liver, pancreas, spleen, ect. Only thing found were "blood spots" on my liver which I was told are common and clear on their own. My symptoms are definitely worse in the evening after dinner. So weird. I'd given up hope on figuring it out. I will continue to follow.

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      same thing happens to me ...usually when I'm doing yoga .

      It too doesn't last for long .Its scary as it really feels like I have pierced an organ.

      Just under my right lower rib.

      sometimes it feels like spasm and it is rock hard when i touch it .

      i have had it for a while but it has got worse recently.

      About a year ago I had the scan for gall bladder and nothing showed up .

      my blood work was all good .

      Please up date your post if you find out anything .

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      just found this forum. still trying to find solution. could be, abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome, acnes for short. yes, its a real condition. check it out and ask your doc about it. hope this helps

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      Hi. I don't know if you follow this thread anymore, but your symptoms are same as mine to a tee (even more than the OP's) It just happened to me three times in a row as a was crunched over trying to strap an ice pack to my knee. It feels like something slides up and out and gets hooked on my right upper rib, just below and to the right of my sternum. I can feel the area become tense and hard. It takes 20 to 30 seconds for it to slide back down. I can actually see my belly move as it recedes. It's quite painful. If it has happened several times close together, I then experience a light fluttering feeling in that general area. In my mind, whatever has been pushing up and out has caused a space, or a tract for abdominal fluid to gurgle or bubble. I first experienced this at least 10 years ago. I had an ultrasound done, but nothing was seen. Since nothing bad has happened, I never sought further workup. Just wish i knew what it was as it's annoying.

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      wow i just stumbled upon this thread. ive had ribcage pain for about 3 months and ive also got gerd and a hiatal hernia. i feel discomfort in the front and on the sides of my ribs too and my back ribs. its even tender to the touch. ive had a ct, colonoscoy, endoscopy and no answers. they say maybe slow gi and inflammation but nothing difinitive. its so frustrating i dont know what to do to feel better there are no answers.

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      Hey! Search up "slipping rib". Ive been getting these pains they've all explained for the past 2 years but lately its been getting really worse mostly when I bend over forward, and "slipping rib" was the only syndrome that has come close to what everyone explained and what I've been feeling, especially since I get that "popping out" symptom. Finally going to a doctor soon because it feels so gross lmao, Oh yes and it does act up when I'm just sitting also! Hope I helped a bit!

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      The way you describe the organ flipping or getting stuck describes me to the T. I have had 4 children, and 1 miscarriage. I have always had these mysterious illnesses where surgery becomes necessary and is labeled exploratory surgery. During my third pregnancy I was found to have a cystic hematoma which eventually ruptured and took out one tube and one ovary. The doctor explained to me that it was DNA left in me since I was in my mother's womb and grew larger each pregnancy I myself had which by baby number three it burst. Maybe look into that. Could have killed us and I remember fighting the whole time just to prove that A I was in fact pregnant and B something was wrong. Also want to note that it ruptured after I ate and drove my car.

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      Also by pregnancy number 5 the one I lost actually saved my life. I had not been feeling great but my stubbornness and responsibility kept me pushing thru, I had been to several doctors even brought in by ambulance and released finally my husband took me to the next town's hospital. They did not see anything thru sonogram other than the fetal pole, they decided to do lab full panel, I had only 7 liters of blood in my entire body and leukocytes where high. Back into surgury.! I wake with a tube hanging out my stomach. So it was found that due to diverticulitis I had a pouch inflamed in my intestines and it was leaking into my abdomen, my body was trying to fight to no avail. Unfortunately baby had passed 2 weeks before. After all said and done I have an umbilical hernia, lesions on my liver. ulcers on my esophagus, that's a whole another story... but for those with chest pain and gerd mine was found to be ulcers on my esophagus feels like a heart attack when spasms happen. I still have the feeling of something moving flipping or getting stuck on my right side idk if diverticula is going on or what I will be going back to doc. it's been yrs since all this but symptoms have started back which caused me to search and find this discussion. Maybe i should not have ate that popcorn months ago... Sounds crazy but they say it's bad for diverticulitis. Apparently seeds can get lodged in intestines and cause a pocket to form then infection inflamation and eventually tears 😦 . You all be careful and keep talking even when ur symptoms get brushed off and you k now something's wrong find advocate for yourself for ur loved ones and dont give up. God Bless You

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      omd, this is what I am going thru. But now I have some hard lumps in my abs near my right ribs. The pain underneath my rib as wear it began and I too went because I thought I had a heart attack and they thought it was probably caused by acid. But I have felt since March that this constant ache and burning is something, and now the lumps. I'm trying not to worry.

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      i laso have similar symptoms for the past 1 week feeling uncomfortable under rib cage in liver area started with little bit pain but now i have no pain no other symptoms like loss of appetite etc i m healthy used to do regular workout i ll update u again if anything happens hope for the best

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      Hello Theresa.

      i have also been experiencing the exact same symptoms as you, feeling like my liver pops out under my right ribcage when bending over sometimes. It is often uncomfortable when i sit down for a period on my right side.

      I too have had three children; each large babies who gave me quite the discomfort and is when i first began experiencing these symptoms.

      Have you had any outcomes?

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      do you think this is posture related? i have has my gallbladder removed 17 years ago and suffer with IBS and acid reflux but i feel this ache/ pressure feels skeletal and i do slump my shoulders due to being large breasted

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      hi, the exact same thing happened to me doing yoga. Happened a couple of years ago then it went away by itself. Then it happened again a couple of weeks ago. I also have IBS but for the most part this is under control, i also have daily omperezole, its weird like a cramp when it first happens then it feels like something is sticking out under my rib cage

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      Oh man, I could write a novel on all this. Began in 2014 in a plank position. Felt like a golf ball protruded thru my solar plexus area. Over the next 3 years it happened 3-4 more times - sometimes in solar plexus area, then under left ribs. Had all GI exams you can have over a 2 years period. Nothing. No hernias of any kind. Recently its been under my right rib. Usually starts from a sneeze, cough or bending over movement. Either a golf ball protrudes or a hard and tense sentation onslaught where I have to push it in or hold it as it feels like its about to explode. Lasts from 30-90 seconds then "recedes." But makes the area feel vulnerable for about 2-3 days. i've had MRI's and do have a 2cm mass on pancreas, but that's been ruled out. I get regular pain in rear right ribs that is quite painful now. I saw 5 Dr's at Cleveland Clinic and never got a diagnosis. Just deer in headlights - no further path to explore. Now seeing sports chiro, but this is to loosing joints that are blocked. After 7 years, still searching for a diagnosis, coming up empty. Life is on hold...

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      Hi There! I rarely log in here and just seeing your response. have you found anything out? At this point it has been years for me and I'm convinced it can't be nothing. Have you looked up a left lobe liver torsion? It is rare but would explain some of our symptoms. I hope you are well!

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      I also have the symptoms as all of you above .. I have a hiatal hernia since 2009, went for operation but its still there, and for the last month I suffer from heartburn / gerd. I have 3 baby's which 13 years is the youngest...I also just all of a sudden felt it and if i put my hand on it then it 'moves' freaked me out as i have no idea what it could be... now and again Im also tender and sometimes it hurts is on the front right hand side where my ribs is at the bottom part... I even told my husband that it feels like my body is to small for my organs as it feels like it.. why is it that so many people suffer from this and no doctor knows what is going on? There must be some explanation at least... may we all stay strong and get an answer

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      I made an acct just to answer this for you because i had the same issue. I was in great shape, had built good core muscles but when I was in the car I felt like there was a ballot something pushing up under my lower right rib cage. No pain, just a weird discomfort. I had lots of tests and scans that showed nothing. One day I was in with a spinal doctor who said she had had that herself and it was a sacroiliac joint problem (which I was there for). It makes sense because when driving both legs/hips are positioned differently. On a side note I also have a true leg length discrepancy. I was sent to physical therapy and the problem resolved!

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      Did you get a diagnosis? you describe to a T what I am going through. Feels like there is something pushing under my left rib cage, sometimes my left side aches, and left back too. Its not really painful, just more annoying.

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