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Question: sharp pain under front left rib cage


 jdcf - Thu May 10, 2007 3:57 pm

53 male. last fall had bout of this which included sharp, intermittent pain under front left rib cage. lasted quite a few days. have stones but they were not moving. they also found kidney cysts. drs did a lot of bone/joint looking but not muscle or GI. Have psoriatic arthritis and take enbrel. nothing else. no explanation for this pain that has been gone for about 6 months until now.

any hints about what this pain might be. this is now day 3.

thanks so much.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri May 11, 2007 1:15 am

User avatar The location of your pain makes me suspicious for pleurisy. Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs that can be extremely painful. This pain usually is worsened by deep breathing.

Another possibility is a syndrome known as precordial catch syndrome. This is very similar to pleurisy. The exact cause really isn't known. People with it often describe a sharp pain under the rib cage as if the diaphragm was caught on something. It usually only lasts for a few seconds or minutes then goes away. The episodes can come and go.

Your doctor may be able to help in working up this problem.

Best wishes.

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