Ouch - A foot under the rib cage!

@ellie333 (21029)
July 22, 2008 3:41pm CST
I am feeling very uncomfortable right now and I suppose any woman who has been pregnant (I'm not by the way) will know what I am talking about the pain I am feeling is just like when you are heavily pregnant and the baby has a foot caught up under the ribcage. Don't worry I will go to the doctor to get it checked out but has anyone any ideas what it could be, I have had a spleenectomy in the past which is the sort of area the pain is in. I know it is not indesgestion or anything and haven't pulled any muscles as far as I am aware, so have you experienced anything like this, what can it be as can't get to docs until at least Friday. Ellie :D
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@kaleegirl45 (1474)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Hi ellie, When I was pregnant with my daughter, she was turn around and her head was under my rib. it didn't bother me that much. If you rub your tummy maybe the baby will move around, or if you get on your knees and hands this could help the baby turn around. Call your nurse and ask them, I'm sure that they will tell you what else you can do.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
But she is not pregnant! It is only a similar type of pain!
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• United States
23 Jul 08
oh, i'm sorry, I thought she was, LOL
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Kaleegirl if I was pregnant I would be in shock Don't worry you are not the only one to have thought this. Ellie :D
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I have had pain in that area repeated for almost eighteen years! It can be from so many things, the worst thing is when it is ignored by medical doctors who think the pain is all in your head! Acupuncture helps take the pain away, as well as an allergen diet and yoga exercises. It could be stones, and so many other things! Your gallbladder, liver or kidneys to name a few. Infections and even diarrhea and gas can cause pain too. Hopefully your doctor will help you find out.
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
18 years Olivemai, Oh poor you, I was in pain last night but it is more uncomfortable this morning than pain. I will go to docs though to get checked out. Ellie :D
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
There are times when it goes away! Other times I just have to lay down and rest a while. That is why I know so many things that can be the cause.
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Gosh, ellie333, I have not had a pain quite like that. I understand there's a condition called "pleurisy" that causes quite a bit of pain in the lung/rib cage area. I do not think it is a serious condition, though. Plus, I have no medical training so I have no idea actually what the problem might be. Hang in there. I am thinking of you. Do take care.
@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi PearlGrace, I will get the doc to check it out but I am uncomfortable with it rather than in the pain I was in last night so hopefully it is muscular after all eh! Ellie :D
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• United States
23 Jul 08
Ellie333, I hope it's just a sore muscle or something like that. Glad the pain has subsided. That's a good sign. Rest and take care.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I used to feel like this when I was pregnant. I still had that same kind of pain after I had her also. It lasted for about two years and finally went away. I think our ribs get out of place sometimes and then they work themselves back into place. That may be what is causing you the pain also but if you can get it checked out, that would be the best thing to do.
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Steph, I had my last child over four years ago so I don't think it could be that. This morning it is more of an uncomfortable ache rather than the pain I had last night but will still get it checked out. Ellie :D
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Jul 08
Oh that brings back memories. I did not know that I was pregnant at seventeen until I felt the quickening and about a week or so or maybe a month, ouch! She kicked me near my rib. After a while I got used to it, and later on I got these pains of something kicking - sort of a false pregnancy but not as serious as what happened to you.
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Suspensful, At least you know the pain I am feeling eh! Am a bit more comfortable with it than I was last night though. Ellie :D
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@littleowl (7157)
22 Jul 08
hi Ellie-that sounds awful I hope the pain eases and you are taking some kind of painkiller til you can get to the dr's...I have never had any kind of experience like that so don't really know what to say but keep us informed as to what it is...love and huggles littleowl x
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Littleowl, It is still uncomfortable this morning but not as painful as last night. Perhaps I have pulled a muscle and not realised. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jul 08
Hi Ellie..I hope your foot is getting less painful..thats one of the worst places to hurt yourself...love and bright blessings littleowl
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@ellie333 (21029)
25 Jul 08
Hi Littleowl, you do make me laugh at times, it is Tamara who has a hurt foot mine was a pain under the ribs. I went to the doctors and I have come out in horrible chicken pox like spots now but they said it was an allergy, they checked pancreas, lungs, tummy, kidneys all fine so a mystery really, still a bit uncomforatble so not on here as much as mo as more comfortable laying or upright. Huggles Ellie :D
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
22 Jul 08
My son stood on his head the whole time I was pregnant and he did have his foot in my rib cage! I couldn't sit.....only stand or lay down. It was miserable and hurt like heck! I hope it's just that! She is just being a little rambunctious mama....I still say she just can't wait to meet you!
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Okay.....I just got done responding to someone else that was pregnant so please disregard the first response! LOL...old timers disease me thinks.....I don't know what it could be.....I have only had that when my gallbladder acts up but also have indigestion with it....glad you are getting to the doctors! Let us know what it turns out to be!
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
22 Jul 08
That would be so nice especially if we could deliver our babies at the same time! LOL
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Doctors love to say it is only gas! False alarm, no baby, only gas!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Jul 08
Ellie, I am sorry to hear this. Pls consult a doctor, it could nothing but better have a check up. I think, its musculoskeletal pain. Just see a doctor. Take care and let us know. Get well soon.
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Oh bless you Mimipi, I will get to the docs to get it checked out and this morning it is more uncomfortable than painful but I feel perhaps it is muscular too. Huggles. Ellie :D
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Jul 08
Recently my cousin was having similar kind of pain in that region. She is close to a hypochondriac. Went to the doctor, got all relevant (and irrelevant) tests done. She even went for ECG and Echocardiogram for she thought she was having a heart attack!!! At the end of it all things were perfectly okay. Just wanted to share this with you. HUggles.
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@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Jul 08
ellie333 hi Did you ever have chicken pox? because if you did and you are having a weird pain in your rib cage you might be having the first indication of shingles.I had an unexplained pain in my l left side for a week before brokeout, in fact my doctor diagnosed it as my diverticulitis acting up I finally had to go to the er when I broke out. the er doctor said I have good news and bad news and you dont have diverticulitis but you do have shingles. then he gave me a prescription for aclyovir and I was on that up until a few days ago now I am on a medicine to stop nerve pain. I am not saying that is what you have but it is one possiblilty.
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Hatley, I have had chicken pox yes and some scare to prove it LOL. It is my left side too that the pain is, It is more achey this morning rather than the pain I had last night. When I go to the docs I will get that checked though as haven't been 100% and the kids at school have recently had chicken pox going round so it is a possibilty. I do hope not though as I know have much you have been suffering with it but the pain does seem pain at night and an ached during the day so more prominent when tired. Ellie :D
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
IS that pain from shingles only on the left side? I did end up getting that after my oldest four children had the chickenpox! Nobody ever told me that was what the pain was from, although I knew someone who thought he got the shingles from being near me and he said the pain was awful! A doctor actually told him that he could get shingles from a pregnant woman who also had shingles, just by being near me.
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
22 Jul 08
shouldnt be putting off goin to the docs just cause it isnt convenenient at the moment.. bet a hospital stay would be even more inconveniencing wouldnt it? specially where youve had surgery in the area yer experiencing the pain.. call today, please ..;nod;.. and no.. other than my daughters foot getting caught in my ribs and staying there for 4 1/2 months.. i havent experienced it. other than the nerve damage caused by said little piggies that now makes the string of nerves along my ribcage spasm from time to time.
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Jul 08
Hi Tessa, I hear what you are saying it is night time here and off to bed in a minute (before you spark my hard drive LOL) and perhaps laying down will ease but I will try to see if they can see me earlier than Friday first thing ok. Four and a half months, oouch, the things they put us through before they are even born eh! Ellie :D
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
22 Jul 08
lol they dont do it to us.. WE do it to ourselves in creating them sleep sweet.. and call tomorrow
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Jul 08
I think that it could be all sorts if things. But I am going to guess at a sprained or pulled chest muscle. That can happen without you knowing. All that Wii ing! If it gets worse promise me that you will go the A&E.
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Jul 08
Hi P1kef1sh, I promise you if it gets worse I will. Probably too much Wii ing like you say and could have pulled something but I will get it checked out as I am uncomfortable with it. Ellie :D
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
You just might be right! I have been told that muscle pain was part of the problem. The oddest diagnosis I ever received was arthritis of the ribs!
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
23 Jul 08
My babies were weird. The never laid in the right way to get their feet under my ribs so I have no idea what that feels like but I hear it hurts....A LOT. My only thought for you is maybe you ribs got a little out of place. Mine pop back and forth in an odd way and sometimes they get stuck. It feels like something is up under there and then subsides to an ache. I guess you'll find out either way when you get to the doctor!
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Foxyfire, I am more uncomfortable than in pain now but still going to the docs to find out what it could be. Ellie :D
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@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
23 Jul 08
Awww, I hope the pain goes away soon. I know how painful that can be. I have experienced something like that when I WAS pregnant. The bet advice is for you to see your doctor the soonest. I hope it is nothing serious. And be very observant about whatever you feel so that you can tell the doctor right away. Hugs to you!
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Jammyt, Thank you, the pain is more an ache this morning but I will still go and get it checked out. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
22 Jul 08
Ew - I hope the pain has passed now, Ellie - it doesn't sound very nice. Pity your doc can't fit you in until Friday, but I hope if it persists or gets worse you can get to a casualty department to have it checked out quickly. Take care!
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Guybrush, Resting overnight has helped but uncomfortable ache rather than pain now but will still get checked out. Ellie :D
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Ok Honey I think this stems from that affair you had with that alien.. You are most likely ready to have this monster pop through to the outside world! Seriously get to a doc soon..I'll be worried for you til I hear good news. xoxoxoxoxoxo
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Raydene, I wish I looked like Sig Weaver! No I didn't give birth to an alien overnight so I guess it could be muscular, pain has easd a bit overnight and is achey now but will get to docs to get checked out as uncomfotable. Ellie :D
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22 Jul 08
Hi ellie, That sounds very painful and here I'm going about my toe,oh! ellie cant't you not see the doctor before Firday? if it coming from the same place as spleen could it something to do with it? I don't like to say but I really hope you are o.k and I'll send some healing to you.Love you lots Love & Huggles Tamara
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Jul 08
Hi Tamara I am fine but it is extremely uncomfortable and my best way of describing was the foot under the ribcage bit. I live in a rural area and getting an appointment is viturally impossible unless it really is an emergency. I will go to the local A&E if it does get worse though as I have a very high pain threshold and this one hurts. I hope your toe is not throbbing as much and that your are putting your feet up, I need to go to bed in a min so perhaps laying flat will help. Thanks for your concern. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Hi ellie, I'm sorry about that..I have no idea really, I have not tried anything like that! the only complain I have is when my ulcer will attack me and this is very manageable, I just need to eat regularly..ANyway, It's better to see a doctor as early as possible! let us know!
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Jul 08
Hi Checapricorn, Oh I haven't an ulcer but I know people who suffer from them and that is awful it can really affect your quality of life if you don't eat correctly, I am so pleased to hear that you do. Ellie :D
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@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
3 Aug 08
You may have pulled the cartilage on one of your ribs. I did it once, and it was very, very painful while it healed, which took quite a few weeks. It can be caused by something as simple as reaching up or coughing. I did mine because I fell forward off a T-Bar when skiing and winded myself, and then had a cough which pushed it apart. I was scared until I found out what it was. Get it checked out, if you haven't already done so, and I hope you feel better very soon.
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@ellie333 (21029)
3 Aug 08
Hi Penny, the pain under the ribs has gone and I ended up with sciatica the following day, docs say an allergy, yeah right but am resting as feel very weak and tired but the rib pain still a mystery. Ellie :D
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@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
3 Aug 08
Glad the pain is gone, even if it is a mystery! Good to hear you are resting. Hope you get better soon.
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@click50 (68)
• United States
23 Jul 08
You could be have problem with your gallbladder. It is very important to get to a doctor asap, I wouldn't wait until Friday. My doctor says that if left untreated it could lead to gangrene.
@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi I rang the doctor today and they said if I ring first thing they may be able to fit me in tomorrow. Ellie :D
• United States
24 Jul 08
I am glad you are going to see the doctor sooner than later. Good luck
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@mummybec (685)
• Australia
23 Jul 08
Hi Ellie, I hope you are ok and not in too much pain (I know what the foot feels like - I have has 2 kids!!) Ummm my brother in law has gall stones (he gets his gall bladder out next month) and I know when he gets pain it is in under the ribs... I hope for you it is nothing too serious and that the pain has gone away now - but make sure you still get it checked out... just so you know what it was!!
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Mummybec, it is more achey and uncomfortable today rather than pain but it is unusal so I will get it checked out still as I don't feel right but off to work anyway in a bit will just not be too active there today. Ellie :D
@mummybec (685)
• Australia
23 Jul 08
Take care and I hope it does not hurt all day for you... funny you are off to work and I am just about to go to bed!! (it is almost 10:30pm here)
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