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Question: Pain just below left rib - hernia?

 rileyjaxon - Sat May 05, 2007 8:18 pm

I am a 35 year old overweight female. Since having my son in 2004 whenver I try to attempt stomach excercises I get a severe pain in my upper left adominal wall just below my rib cage. I fell as if my stomach is popping through my skin.. if I stretch out and relax it eases in about a minute or so.... Now latelty even if I bend over in a certain way or if I twist to the side, it does the same thing. It also leaves a dull aching sensation for a bit of time afterwards. I got on many sites and found all different types of hernias, but none seemed to fit exactly to the location of my pain...I want to fix the problem, because exercising was never so painful before.. I felt pain from working the new muscle, but this is excruciating. Help!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:25 pm

User avatar Your pain may be related to a hernia but there are some other possibilities as well. You may also have a pulled muscle or stress fracture of one of your lower ribs.

It's probably worth getting your doctor to examine you. You may also need to have some imaging studies done to better look for hernias or other problems.

Best wishes.

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