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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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Of course, it’s difficult to treat pain if you don’t know its cause, but you can always try popular painkillers, such as Paracetamol. The best option, however, would be using Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as the pain in the rib area is often caused by some inflammation process. The most common available drug is Ibuprofen. It might be very effective as it not only cures the inflammation, but can also bring you relief from pain.

You should also have a closer look at your diet as pain under your right rib cage is often connected with your digestive process. You may get surprised, but even something as simple as drinking a lot of water on a daily basis may bring spectacular results. To remove the toxins from your organism and boost metabolism, start a day from drinking a glass of mineral water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Avoid fast food and highly processed food. Instead consume a lot of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and food rich in fiber. Also eat different kinds of meat, fish, and seafood. You will quickly see that your digestive system is grateful for these changes and you will simply feel better.

Unfortunately, in case of some more serious conditions, such as kidney stones, gallstones, or chest injuries, you will need to follow your doctor’s advice as sometimes a surgery is only possible treatment here.

How Serious Is It?

You’ve probably been wondering if pain under your right rib cage is something which requires a medical consultation or maybe you can manage it on your own.

You need to be reasonable here and observe your pain. If it’s severe, happens frequently, and over-the-counter painkillers, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen don’t help you, for sure you need to make an appointment with your doctor.

You should even consult him immediately if the pain is accompanied by other worrying symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or fever, very low blood pressure, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, or when the pain spreads to your left arm or jaw.

Remember that only your doctor may give you the right diagnosis after a detailed, medical evaluation. Moreover, the sooner you know the cause of your pain, the sooner you will start a proper treatment and recover.

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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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