Rib cage pain!

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   Posted 12/8/2011 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! So recently I have been eating alot becuz im pretty stressed due to heavyload of university work! (Today is actually my last day so Ill go back to working out again). I have had alot of gas due to the excessive amount of food intake I guess. Below my right rib cage I can feel pain. If I had to rate it out of 10 it would only be 5, but when inhale(or have to yawn for example) the pain goes up to like 8. Is this related to gas maybe? Everything else seems fine, that is the only part of my body that is currently in pain. Am I fine? I am kind of worried.

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   Posted 12/8/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
   Hello Ramms!
        Welcome to the forum! Your pain could be caused from any nimber of things, and since we are not Dr's, I would suggest that you see your's as soon as possible.
    We are a support forum for Chronic Pain patients and will support all who join us. Hopefully your pain is something simple and can be easily treated. 
        Again Please make an appointment with your Dr, and let us know what he/she says.
     Take care, and Good Luck
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   Posted 12/10/2011 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Because you mentioned you're eating a lot and are under the stress of University studies, it's probably extra acid production in your stomach. Even though the pain is on the right side, stomach pain from the left side can radiate across. Your gall bladder is also on the right, which can be painful for people who eat too many greasy foods as it has to produce bile to process the grease. The gall bladder can also produce stones that can plug the bile ducts causing pain. In any case, the last post is right, you need to see a doctor. I would try to eat healthy and frequent, small meals and when this period of stress is over, see if you still have pain, and if so, see a doctor. To help calm the extra stomach acid, try eating calming foods like yogurt (look up alkaline foods). The more meat, greasy foods, tomato sauce that you eat, the greater your stomach acid will be. The reason it hurts more when you breath is you're moving those organs around by inflating your lungs which can increase pain in, say, an inflammed stomach lining. I take over the counter stomach relief like Pepto-bismol on occasion which has immediate relief from the overproduction of stomach acid. Just be careful not to rely on it. If this helps, then it's a good sign it is likely a digestion problem. If not, then it could be your gall bladder. My son is studying his 4th year University exams and is having the same problems, he has had to change his diet to calmer foods!

Best of luck with your exams and try not to worry about the pain, make a doctor's appointment, eat right and it will get better! Take care, Laura

Post Edited (Foxglove) : 12/10/2011 12:36:40 AM (GMT-7)

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