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Piercing pain below the ribs.

I'm not sure if the pain is in my abdomen.It's somewhere below my right ribs.The sharp pain would just come & go. And the pain worsens when I try to take a deep breath. I usually hold onto the area where the pain is & wait till it disappears. I've been having it for quite awhile.Any idea what this means or is it like something normal?
Thanks.
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i am also having simular pains. and it has gone around to my back and right shoulder. i've been to the er three times in the last week. i can't eat, or i vomit. my possium is low, blood pressure high. anyways, they say its gallbladder. you should go get checked out. hope this helps.

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Hi,

Any pain which occurs in the areas of the lower ribs and worsens on taking a deep breath could possibly be due to 2 reasons.
Firstly, a pleural pathology – meaning an inflammation of the pleura (covering of the lungs) and is also known as Pleuritis or Pleurisy.
In this, there’s usually local tenderness in the area. Analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs are given in this disease and underlying lung disease is searched for. I’ll suggest an X-ray of the chest for the same. It is usually self limiting if there’s no underlying lung disease like pneumonia.

A disease of the liver/diaphragm can also produce similar symptoms. Any infection of the liver like a collection of pus or pus collection below the diaphragm (muscular separation of the chest and abdominal cavity). However, both these entities are not commonly seen.

An X-ray of the chest and an Ultrasound examination of the right upper abdomen are sufficient to lead to a conclusive diagnosis.

I hope that helps. Please do keep me posted.

Best Regards.
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Thanks for the advice & help.I really appreciate it.
However I still have some doubts about what I'm having.I did some research & found that the symptoms that I have are similar to gallbladder disease but the difference is that the sharp pain only occurs suddenly just for a few seconds or 1-2 mins.It normally doesn't last for so long.I also do not have nausea, vomiting, only frequent headaches which I considered normal. Also, the pain does not radiate to the upper back.The last attack I had was last week. So is it possible that I have gallbladder disease?
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