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contracting spasms under left ribcage

I have been having contracting spasms under my left ribcage for about two weeks now.  They are very uncomfortable and last anywhere for 2-10 minutes.  They cause some pain.  I was diagnosed with IBS at 17 and have not had a flare up since 24 years old(I'm 36 now).  Does anyone know if these are just muscle spasms or is it something I should get checked out?  The frequency of the spasm attacks are increasing.  Thanks for any input.
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do you take medication for the IBS....i am just starting on 10 mg of Bentyl before i eat and just before bed.  The doc said that this will stop my spasms which are in the same area as what you have stated.  I do not know yet if this will help but just wanted to let you know.  Good luck!
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I have had these for years. to me it is like a charly-horse spasm. I get them under my rib cage or even in my stomach. It will bulge into a knot like a snake sometimes.
If I am near some BenGay and can rub it real fast into the spot it does help after a bit. I have asked doctors about it. they do not know what to tell me. It can start when I twist around to reach for something. Or just no reason at all.
I think it must be muscular.It can last from a few min. to 15 min. But I will tell you it is disabling at the time. The pain is fierce and I hope it doesn't happen while I'm driving. It's very sore afterwards just like when you get a charley-horse in your legs.
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I have Fibromyalgia, which is horrid ~ I have spasms in my ribcage for 20+ minutes and must lie flat on my back.  I feel like a twisted pretzel during the 'attack' ... and the pain is unbearable.  
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