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Pain Under Right Rib Cage: Possible Causes and Treatments

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Pain Under Right Rib Cage: Possible Causes and Treatments
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Pain Under Right Rib Cage - Possible Causes and TreatmentsOur ribs play an important role in your body as they protect some of your internal organs, which are responsible for proper working of digestive and cardiovascular systems. Therefore, if you feel pain under your right rib cage, you shouldn’t panic, but for sure you need to consult your doctor who will detect the cause of your suffering.

Common Causes of Pain Under Right Rib Cage

The internal organs which are close to your right rib cage include right kidney, gallbladder, and liver. The pain usually happens when one of these organs is infected or inflamed.

However, there are actually many more possible causes of pain under right rib cage. You shouldn’t worry, though, that it may suggest any heart-related problem as it usually causes pain closer to the left rib cage.

Observe your pain and tell your doctor if the pain is strong or mild, sharp or dull, incidental or chronic. Think if you’ve also been experiencing some other symptoms as this may also help your doctor to give you the right diagnosis.

1. Injuries

It may sound surprising but injuries are actually the most common causes of pain under your right rib cage. What’s more, people often don’t realize that they have injured their rib and they find out about it during a visit to a doctor as a broken or injured rib may result in either severe or only mild pain.

Of course, if you experienced some serious accident or injury, you will probably need a medical care or you won’t be able to move for some time. However, in case of insignificant fractures, your ribs will probably heal on their own. You will only need to have a plenty of rest and avoid exercising for some time. Your doctor will determine if your injury is serious or minor by chest X-ray examination.

MRI and CT scan may be recommended by your doctor too as these examinations may show the soft tissue and identify the injury which an X-ray hasn’t shown.

You must be aware that a rib injury may also lead to some serious complications as a result of the injury your internal organs might have been damaged too. It may have affected your liver, kidney, or spleen. Thus, if despite the fact that you have cured your ribs after some accident, you’ve been still feeling pain in this area, consult it with your doctor.

2. Digestive Problems

Other common problems which may result in pain under the right rib cage are connected with our metabolism and our digestive system. It’s connected with the fact that many of us eat fatty or fast food, we also tend to overeat or eat too fast. A stressful lifestyle may negatively affect our digestion process too.

A feeling of discomfort or pain under your right rib cage is very often caused by excessive gas in your colon. You may feel it in different parts of your abdominal area, depending on the location of the buildup of gas, however, it usually occurs under the right rib cage.

The accumulation of gas in your system usually happens after you ate a heavy meal, or food rich in carbohydrates. Dairy products are also quite heavy for our digestive system. In order to bring yourself quick relief, you can try over-the-counter products, which speed up digestion or go for natural methods, such as tea made of chamomile, ginger, or peppermint.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is another common condition of the contemporary world. It’s very difficult to describe it and cure it as it may cause various symptoms and it isn’t clear what exactly leads to this disease.

One of the symptoms of IBS is actually pain under left or right rib cage. It’s usually accompanied by excess gas, bloating, and pain in the lower abdominal area. Some people also experience heartburn, difficulty with swallowing, or chest pain.

The studies have shown that bad diet and chronic stress are among reasons that lead to IBS. Thus, it’s crucial to introduce some changes into your everyday diet. Your doctor may also prescribe you some medicines which will alleviate the symptoms. Drinking aloe vera juice is considered to be the most effective natural way of reducing IBS.

A similar condition to IBS is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If there is some inflammation in your digestive tract, it won’t work properly and you may feel pain under your right rib cage. Other symptoms include difficulty with swallowing and coughing.

A lot of people also suffer from constipation. If it’s only incidental, you may easily deal with it, but if it’s chronic, it may become quite serious and it may lead to respiratory problems, pain in your chest, your abdomen, and the right rib cage.

Your diet is very important if you want to prevent constipation. Drink plenty of water every day as it will flush the stool out of your body. You should also consume a lot of vegetables and fruit. You must be aware that our body is one integral unit and if you want it to work properly, you need to take care of it holistically. Combine a well-balanced diet with regular physical activities at least three times a week.

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    1. I had pain under my right rib for years. I was in n out of hospital it was really painful . I was diagnosed with loads appendicitis ,gall stone ,ibs. It was only after going on the keto diet I found out wat was wrong. I’m allergic to yeast. I feel fantastic now. Please try cutting this out. I started with gluten thinking it might b that. But try each n see if it helps

      1. Omg – are u taking any supplements ? Have you had a colonoscopy or endoscopy? What do U eat for breakfast ? Please help !

  1. help!! experience dull; uncomfortable pain every night around 12
    tired of the pains that travel to my back as well…should I go for a ultra sound scan

    1. Valencia, I noticed your post when I was googling pain in right rib cage at night which I get almost every night, but I believe its just gas but if the pain travels to the back I think you may have gallstones. Of course, I am not a doctor so I would check with my doctor and see what tests you should have for your problem.

      When I was younger I use to get these pains all the time went for tests and dr. told me I had polyps on my gallbladder but he believed that the pain I was experiencing was from stress not the gallbladder.

      1. Yes I have gallstones as you described but what treatment can I use my doctor confirm it but asking me to do operation and I don’t have the money . what can I use

    2. Those were my symptoms when I had gall stones. A while after eating fatty foods, the body tells the gall bladder to send bile down to digest. If a stone gets caught in the valve, the bile pushes but can’t get out. The pain was usually impossible to fix and I would feel best on my knees curled forward into a ball.

    3. I’ve had the same exact problem for a year now. It doesn’t happen every night , but the frequency of occurances has increased and the pain is excruciating. I don’t know what to do either. I was in a car accident 15 years ago, so I thought it was because of my back problems. However, my PT thinks it could be my gallbladder. My doctor doesn’t want to do any scans until I’m experiencing the pain so hopefully something will show up, but it only happens at night like around midnight and is gone by morning. So my PT and I are at a loss for what to do.

  2. I have severe pain on my right side under my ribcage also swelling in the same area . I have had scans on it , and they all come back clear , I just don’t know what else to do

    1. I’m dealing with same issue I go to a surgeon July 9. Every scan they have done nothing but yet I’m sitting here in extremely pain and tears. Very frustrating to have no answers.

  3. Experiencing pain on the two back trunks of the body which started suddenly, making bending forward down almost an impossible painful experience. Pain later concentrated on the right back trunk and under the rib cage and armpit. 3 days now not knowing what the cause is and what to do.

  4. I’ve recently stopped drinking and , I’ve always drank plenty of water and never suffered any kind of stomach problem. But since changing my diet strictly to nuts berries fuirt veg and a little meat witch if always eaten but now solely eat I’ve woken up with a quite nasty pain under my right ribs , only when I breath. In deep , hopefully just skeletol muscle I’ve pulled and not the diet change, no constipation and no bloat , it’s only day 5 so I’m hoping it’s just an adjustment fase

  5. I have what I’d describe as a sore pain under and around my right side lower rib ,I can’t sleep on my right side as it’s painful ,I take paracetamol and it helps

    1. I. Have serious pain down my rib or between rib and hip down to my abdomen or to the back. i can’t even sleep at that side an my leg feel week or burn try lots of painpel.

      Regards Roswitha

    2. Hello there.. did u find out the cause?? Because I am having sore pain on my right upper abdomen since few months

  6. I have had a mild pain just below my right side ribcage for a few days but just recently that pain has went from mild to a quite painful sharp pain that comes and goes.

  7. Hi,

    For the past 6-8 months I experienced pain in the middle right side of my back between my ribs. Other symptoms included constant gas and burping mostly when I woke up in the morning, and frequent urination and bowel movements. After seeing several doctors who weren’t able to pinpoint a problem, I switched to a new primary care doctor who sent me for an ultrasound, blood testing, stool test, and urin test. He found evidence of an infection in my gallbladder which he thinks may be the cause of the pain. Today, he prescribed antibiotics as a treatment and I’m praying it will work. I’ve been in so much pain, I haven’t been myself over the past several months. It’s been very demoralizing waking up and struggling through each day with this kind of pain in back/ribs. If anyone similar pain between ribs, ask you doctor to check for infection in your gallbladder. I finally have hope to get the pain removed from my body. Good luck everyone with your healing process!

  8. I feel a mild pain to my right rib cage. I realised i was affected by malathion pesticide and went to clinic where they gave me some pills. I went back again and they refused to give me anything saying i will be fine. I feel discomfort especially when i am sleeping on my right side. I do not know what to do anymore. Maybe they are home remedies out there.

  9. Hi
    I have had pain just below my right side ribcage for a few days but just recently that pain has went from mild to a quite painful sharp pain even below the arm pits.

  10. I’m experiencing pain in my right rib cage that radiates to my shoulder blade and also to the front of my abdomen under my breast bone. I Oslo have dull lower right side pain. It’s not severe, but enough to make me not want move. I’m miserable! Anyone experienced this?

  11. I started having pains under my right rib last night, which is severe, I don’t know wat to do now, please help

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