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Rib pain

By August 21, 2015 - 2:25am
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How are you today? Hope you're doing great!
For the past couple of months, I have been feeling pain on my left side of the rib but only when I lie down flat on my back to go to sleep at night. It is like a pulsating thing I feel on my rib and like pressure. When I put my hand on it it goes away. Could this be , G-d forbid, a tumor? Or a cyst? Or is it just gas stuck in the rib.? It is not really there when I stand sit or walk. Please help me as I appreciate it so very much. Thank you for your time.

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I went to the doctor in Janurary. I had a snogram ultrasound and everything came back normal. I'm not sure if it was hurting then but it started right around then or maybe a week later.

If it is gas in the colon how do I get rid of it? Do you do a gluten free diet? I have already done a colon cleanse with magnesium citrate.

Thank you and have a great day!

August 23, 2015 - 3:50am
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I would get to a doctor sooner, rather than later. Probably nothing serious but you need to be checked out for your own sense of well being.

As the advocates myself and the company are, it's better to have peace of mind and get to the bottom of what's going on with you rather than trying to guess. You'll feel so much better once you have ruled out what it's not!!
Good luck and keep us posted when you find out what it is. You will help us help other women.

Michelle King Robson

August 21, 2015 - 10:42am

Thank you for your quick reply!
I went in to my primary care physician in April and she didn't feel anything. However it is still hurting while I lie down. Is there any reason why it would be hurting ONLY when I lay on my back? How come not with movement or sitting or standing ?
Have a great weekend!

August 21, 2015 - 10:29am

Hello Bathsheva,

I answered a very similar question just yesterday.

There can be a number of reasons for experiencing pain in left side under ribs.

Heartburn or acid reflux is a common cause of pain in the left side of the ribs. This may be triggered as a result because of over-consumption of acidic foods or drinks that generally cause heartburn. The pain is sharp and sometimes mistaken as a chest pain.

Gas in the colon - Also known as the splenic-flexure syndrome, excessive amounts of gas trapped in the colon can cause pain under the ribcage. Gas in the colon can trigger pain in the left upper abdomen or the lower left chest.

Since you have been experiencing this for a while, Bathsheva, consider scheduling an appointment for a physical exam with your doctor.


August 21, 2015 - 8:24am
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