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pain in my side

By October 28, 2011 - 8:00am
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i have a pain in my left side just right under my rib it is like a dull ache feels like it is in the back also what can this be , i always worry i could have cancer , have been having lose stools for about 9 months with pain i also had a hystorectomy at that time feel like my bowels have not been right since

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HERWriter Guide

Hi rhonda

Thank you for your question and welcome to EmpowHER!

There could be many reasons for left-sided pain under your ribs (even including an undiagnosed fracture or bad bruising - ribs are very sensitive) but one I am thinking of in your case is that you may have IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Symptoms include:
Symptoms usually come and go and range from mild to severe. They include:
■Abdominal cramps
■Gas and bloating
■Pain that resolves with a bowel movement
■Loose stools
■Alternating diarrhea and constipation
■Urge to move bowels again immediately following a bowel movement
■Mucus in the stool

These factors may worsen your symptoms:
■Menstrual periods
■Large meals or fatty foods
■Excess gas

And lower left rib pain can be caused by the cramping.

You can read more here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/irritable-bowel-syndrome

You may also have something like an ulcer or a damaged spleen. A damaged spleen can cause pain under the left ribcage.

I hope these suggestions shed some light on things for you and it's advisable that you call your doctor for a check up. Please keep us updated!


October 28, 2011 - 1:50pm
(reply to Susan Cody)

thank you very much i am goin to the dr next week to have it checked out

October 29, 2011 - 11:24am
HERWriter Guide (reply to rhonda mcafee)

Good for you, Rhonda.

We hope it's something simple and that you come back and update us after!


October 31, 2011 - 12:37pm
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