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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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Remember also that stress, especially if it’s chronic, may have a very bad influence on your digestive system and metabolism. Therefore, stay calm and positive and your organism will be grateful for that.

3. Lung Diseases

There are a few lung-related diseases and if your right lung is affected, you will feel pain under your right rib cage. However, it will be usually accompanied by other symptoms too.

One of the most common and at the same time the most serious lung diseases is pneumonia. It often occurs as a complication after some fungal, viral, or bacterial infection. Thus, it’s very important to fully cure all the infections.

You may feel pain either under either your left or right rib cage, depending on which lung is influenced with the disease. It’s usually a stabbing or sharp kind of pain, which gets worse when you want to take a deep breath. Accompanying symptoms include headaches, chills, fever, cough, and weakness.

A rib fracture, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, or lung infections may be the cause of another serious lung disease known as pleurisy. It occurs when the layers of tissue that surround your lungs are filled with fluid. It puts pressure on your lungs, which you will feel as sharp pain under the right rib cage if it’s your right lung which is affected.

The pain may get worse when you cough and sneeze, and taking a deep breath might be painful as well. The pain often spreads to your back or right shoulder. Pleurisy needs medical care in order to be fully healed.

In fact, pleurisy may lead to another serious lung condition, which is a collapsed lung. The disease causes severe, stabbing pain, which makes it difficult to breath and it may be accompanied by a dry cough.

A collapsed lung usually occurs as a consequence of a serious injury or trauma to your chest. It’s also happens more frequently among smokers and drug abusers.

The most serious and life-threatening lung disease is lung cancer. However, pain under your right rib cage is actually not a common symptom of the disease. The main signs of lung cancer include chronic cough and coughing up blood, losing weight, weakness, and tiredness. Smokers are the most liable to getting lung cancer.

4. Appendicitis

Appendicitis is quite a common and potentially life-threatening condition, which occurs when your appendix gets inflamed. The reason why it sometimes happens hasn’t been clearly identified yet.

In case of appendicitis the pain is usually severe and it starts close to your belly button and then spreads to the abdomen area near you right rib cage. Additional symptoms include abdominal swelling, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, loss of appetite, and fever.

Appendicitis requires immediate medical help to prevent the appendix from rapturing as it can be a life-threatening situation. Also, you shouldn’t take any painkillers to relieve the pain as they can also cause your appendix to rapture.

5. Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of your pancreas, which is an extremely important organ that takes part in the production of enzymes required in the process of digestion. When your pancreas works properly, it cooperates with your liver and gallbladder, but when it gets inflamed, it may be the cause of severe pain.

Pancreatitis is a common disease of people who drink too much alcohol. However, it may also appear as a consequence of an injury or gallstones. Apart from pain under your left or right rib cage, you may also observe that your stools got smelly and oily, suffer from nausea, fever, or vomiting. Pancreatitis requires medical consultation in order to be fully cured.

6. Kidney Stones

If kidney stones affect your right kidney, they may cause extremely severe pain under your right rib cage. Kidney stones are actually deposits of minerals and salts that sometimes accumulate in your kidneys for many years. When they move, they cause strong abdominal pain, which may spread to your back or even groin.

When your kidney stones get really large, you may also feel pain while urinating and your urine may smell or have a pink or even red color. In case you stop urinating at all, contact your doctor immediately. Kidney stones may also cause kidneys infection, which will additionally cause chills and fever.

However, if your kidney stones are small, there is a chance that you can manage them on your own. If you drink plenty of water or mix water with apple cider vinegar, you may dissolve your kidney stones.

Unfortunately, kidney stones like to come back. Therefore, even if you got rid of them, you should keep drinking a lot of water on a daily basis as it’s the best preventive measure you can take. It’s also worth having ultrasonography regularly, once a year would be enough, to detect any kidney stones in the early stage.

7. Liver Problems

As your liver is located in the right part of your body when something bad is going on, it may cause pain under your right rib cage. Liver disease appears when the capsule of your liver stretches. It often happens as a consequence of congestive heart failure, which makes your heart pump the blood weaker than usual, which may lead to fluid retention.

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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

  12. I an concerned due to my Mother died of pancreatic cancer I have a mild pain on my right side I had a ultra sound.
    Don’t have gallstones however I do have a fatty liver. Is there a screening for pancreatic cancer.

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