For a few weeks I have been having this gnawing pain under by left rib. Thinking about it, about a week before this pain started I did some heavy lifting for an extensive period of time which I am ordinarily not accustomed to.(So a week later the pain starts basically) Pressing on the lower part of the rib hurts, deep breaths are uncomfortable, (but manageable). Tying my shoe is a chore; abrupt twisting to the right is no fun & forget about doing any sit-ups. No other symptoms to speak of. Of course the hypochondriac in me fears spleen issues, but is it possible it could be a pulled muscle, broken rib perhaps? There was no trauma. I am a 40-year old male
Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of your symptoms. Possibilities that may need to be considered include muscle sprain/ pull, injuries to muscles/ tendons/ ligaments, fractures dislocations, infections/ inflammations involving the chest wall/ respiratory tract etc. I would suggest getting this evaluated by a primary care physician initially and depending on the cause diagnosed/ suspected, it can be managed accordingly or specialist care may be sought.
Hope this is helpful.
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