Pain in left rib cage?

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Hi, does anybody else have this dreadful pain at the bottom of their left rib cage? It seems to be coming in waves and has been going on for about 8 hours today. Had it a week or so ago, but it went off after an hour. This time it just isnt going anywhere and not easing at all. Does anyone have any ideas on what it can be?

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    Hello. I get that but put it down to the Naproxen I've recently been prescribed for my arthritis. Thought it could be irritating my stomach so making sure I take it immediately after meals
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    Hi Shazzy,

    There is a condition called Costochondritis, which causes pain in the ribs. I've had it on the right and the left (not at the same time). It's not specific to RA. Sometimes the pain is so bad you feel as though you are having a heart attack. Not sure if this is what you have, but it might be worth having it checked out. 

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      That's really interesting and would fit in with all my other symptoms. Will mention this to my GP now next time I see her. And to think I was blaming my medication.
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      Good luck, and if my suggestion was correct, I'm glad I helped a little. When I had it, I'd just finished chemo for breast cancer and thought it had come back!! The breast care nurse got me to lay down on the opposite side to the pain, then pressed hard on the affected side. WOW!! I yelled and almost jumped off the bed. LOL. lol
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      Thanks I will look that up, just been to doc he didnt really know but mentioned possible diverticulitis. My temp was high but has been for ages, sweat pours off my head constantly. He has given me antibiotics for now and go back in a week. Its worse now than it was before. I went to see him, thanks again x
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    You need to check it out. Those were the symptoms I had when I had a pulmonary embolism.
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    My son had pain in the same area since Sunday. Seemed to worsen upon trying to take deeper, more satisfying breaths. No fever. Blood pressure, pulse normal.Took him to the cardiologist this morning. His EKG was normal. The cardiologist said to take Aleve, that it's likely costchondritis or pleurisy. He did have coxsackie virus when he was a toddler so pleurisy isn't out of the question. Pleurisy can be accompanied by fever or not. May or may not be accompanied by a cough too. I have had costochondritis before too, and it can be very scary. I hope you can get a chest xray and an EKG, see a good cardiologist to get to the bottom of this. 
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      Thank you for your reply. I have now bbeen to a and e and doc thought it was muscular so has prescribed diazepam to relax muscles. My blood pressure was high and pulse very high and bloods showed infection so I dont understand that though. An well I will take the antibiotics and diazepam and see how it goes x
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      Phew! Thank goodness it wasn't the pulmonary embolism. CA-Lynn, When I suggested Costochondritis I knew it wasn't the only thing that could cause rib pain, but I only had experience with Costo, so thought I'd suggest it. I don't like suggesting things I have had no experience of as I wouldn't be able to answer any questions. I hope you are in a safer position health wise now. daniela, my dad had Pleurisy when young. I hope your son is ok now.
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