Pain Above Rib Cage Pregnancy

Frequently Asked Questions

    Discomfort in the uterus with car seat belt during early weeks of pregnancy?
    Has anyone ever had this sort of experience that they had pain (very light) in the lower part of uterus with their car seat belts while travelling?
    I had this experince with discomfort on the right side while the left side was ok. Even if I ever sit on floor to do yoga I feel discomfort at the same point.

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor told me that while pregnant, the uterus tilts a bit to the right side of your body, especially when your bladder is full and pushing on it. That might be why you experience pain in the right and not on the left.

      As for the seat belt - do NOT listen to the person above me. It is NOT safe for you to have the seatbelt above your belly under your rib cage (this isn't safe for anyone...). The safest way to wear the seatbelt when pregnant is to wear it low, across your hips and under your growing belly. That is from more than one pregnany information source.

    can an ectopic pregnancy be mistaken for a swollen appendix?
    on exactly which side of the uterus does the ectopic pregnancy happen? i've seen a lot of pictures on google and its confusing to tell whether its and ectopic lump or a swollen appendix.

    • ANSWER:
      An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the sperm fertilises the ova inside the fallopian tube instead of the womb and it implants there and starts to grow. The pain related to this is lower down towards to top of the front hip area. If the fetus grows in the fallopian tube it will burst it, cause internal bleeding and kill the pregnant woman. The side that the relevant pain and swelling occurs depends on which fallopian tube the fertilised ova implants itself in and starts to grow. The treatment is early termination of the pregnancy and in extreme case removal of the relevant fallopian tube.

      Web site info on ectopic pregnancies

      The pain related to a swollen appendix is higher up under the rib cage and tends towards but is not always in the middle of the stomach. This may be caused by stones in the appendix or an infection. A burst appendix, if not treated will result in death.

      Web site info on appendicitis

      I hope that this information is of some help in clearing the air for you. One condition,ectopic pregnancy, belongs to the reproductive organs and is unique to women. The other condition, appendicitis belongs to the general bodily functions of digestion and can be experienced by either men or women.


      To answer "Can an ectopic pregnancy be mistaken for a swollen appendix?" I would say they are in two different parts of the body. See information above. If you have someone at home and are unsure please see a doctor or go to your local hospital. Either condition could be fatal if they burst. On the other hand there could be other complications that only a qualified medical practitioner can sort out. Seek professional help especially if the person in question is in pain.

    Is it possible to be pregnant with a negative urine and blood test?
    HI, my name is Brooke. I am 16 years old. about 4 months ago, in march I had a sexual intercourse with my current boyfriend. I normally get my period at the beginning of every month, but come April and I didn't have a period at all. I took 4 home pregnancy test, which all came up positive. Now, at the time I did not have a medical card, so I couldn't go to my normal family doctor. I went to my local health department, to get a proof of pregnancy. Well, of course you have to take a pregnancy test, in order to get the proof of pregnancy. So, I took the test which also came up positive. I took my proof of pregnancy paper up to the medical card place, so I could be approved. I made an appointment with my normal gynecologist, but he was booked for an entire month, so I had to make another appointment at another womens health office. I went to the appointment, and the nurse did not pregnancy test me, she asked me all the normal questions that they would ask at a first normal prenatal visit, after that appointment they ordered my normal blood work. As I was getting my blood taken that day, I ended up passing out and having a seizure, and got sent directly to the ER. While I was at the ER, they diagnosed that as Vaso Vaguel Episodes, gave me fluids and did another pregnancy test, which was also positive. After leaving the hospital, I made another appointment with my OB doctor. During that visit, she did a normal pelvic exam, checked for protein in my urine, and told me I had RH - blood, by the date of my last period, I would've been 13 weeks and 4 days.. but when she checked my uterus, she said it was way too small for me to be that far along, then she ordered me an ultrasound so I could get an exact due date.. A few days later before I was supposed to go for my first ultrasound, I was having very severe headaches, almost like a migraine. I was also having very sharp pains in my life side, right under my rib cage, that extended to where I would normally have period cramps, accompanied with some blood in my urine. I went to the hospital, where they used a Doppler, to try an detect the babies heartbeat, the nurse heard it and said it was 158 beats per minuet. After the nurse did that, another lady came in and asked me to pee in a cup, so I did. just thinking that she was checking to see if there was any protein in my urine, like all the doctors before her had been doing. After I had peed in the cup, she returned to the room and asked if I could give another urine sample, so I did. After 20-30 minuets, she came back in to tell me that my urine test came back negative for pregnancy, so then she took some blood work to test for pregnancy, and HCG levels. After she did that, she came back in, and told me that my blood test was also negative, and that my levels, were below 1, and anything above 5 was considered an active pregnancy. She did not give me an exact answer, on whether or not I had miscarried, or had just not been pregnant all along. Those were the first tests to tell me that I WASNT pregnant. the weird thing is, is that for the past 4 months, I have not had a period. I STILL have all normal pregnancy symptoms. Is it possible that I am still pregnant and just got negative blood and urine tests? None of this makes any sense to me.. Especially since I still have not gotten my period, and the day at the hospital, the nurse told me the heart beat was 158.. I am so confused, and in such distress.. I really need some answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      if its negative im guessing its wrong, you sound pregnant.

    Is it normal for your sternum to hurt when you lay on your side after having a baby?
    I just had my first baby 3 weeks ago, almost 9 pounds and it seems that the only position to breast feed that he likes is laying down, but when i lay on my side my sternum almost feels like it is bending in. ive tried propping pillows and such things but it still hurts. is that normal due to pregnancy or something? will it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      more likely... not...

      One cause of rib pain during pregnancy is increased pressure from the uterus. This pain comes from under the ribs as the uterus grows, and is caused by it pressing up and beneath the ribs and the rest of the chest. This upward force can be what causes the pain and you might also notice that you are short on breath.

      Other symptoms can include shoulder ache which is caused by pressure on nerves on the diaphragm linked to the shoulders; as well as indigestion or acid reflux as the baby places pressure on your stomach also.

      Another cause of rib pain during pregnancy is the increased weight of the breasts. As the breasts become larger, so do they place more weight on your rib cage as well as your spine. This can completely alter your posture by pulling your shoulders and head down which can cause the ache on the rib cage.

      Finally you will also find that you undergo a lot of changes to the muscles and the ligaments caused by alterations in your hormones. Combined with changes in your posture this can cause uncomfortable changes in position around your body including the ribs. There are many tiny muscles situated between our ribs in our chest, and as these change shape and position we might feel cramping and other pains. During pregnancy the rib cage is actually expanding to increase your lung capacity as well as to make room for the uterus and this can of course also cause discomfort.


      While there is usually nothing to worry about with regards to rib pain, you will nevertheless find that it is uncomfortable and undesirable and you will probably be looking for ways to alleviate the pain.

      Fortunately there are several things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Here are some suggestions:


      Of course pain medication is a viable option to help ease the pain and while this won't address the cause it can make it much easier to put up with the discomfort.


      Altering your posture can have a huge impact on many of the causes of rib pain. You are likely to find that the pain in your ribs is worst when you are sitting down. This is because you are folding slightly just below the ribs, but also because you are more 'bunched up' creating less space inside your body for the growing uterus.

      To alleviate this pain then you can address it in several ways. One method is simply to keep your arms raised when you are sitting down. Rest them on arm rests that are above your rib cage for instance and this will help to pull your rib cage up and away from the uterus. Likewise simply standing and stretching your body upwards can provide temporary relief.

      You should also improve your posture in general to prevent cramping and to avoid back pain etc caused by your increased breast size. Practice rolling your shoulders back, keeping your back straight (when sitting, tucking your legs under a chair can help to improve this) and keeping your head and neck upright.

      See more...

      Good luck!

pain above rib cage pregnancy

Pain Above Rib Cage On Right Side

Frequently Asked Questions

    What does it mean when you have a sharp pain under your left breast that shoots up to your shoulder/arm?
    I'm 16 + i have since about mid-march been having really bad panick attacks. To where i think i'm going to die + tremors...etc. I also think i'm my heart is going to stop + freak out. The last attack was in the beginning of June...i called the ambulance b/c i was convinced my heart had stopped. They hooked me up to monitors + said that i was fine.

    Since then...i've been having really bad random pains above my rib cage on the left side. I looked it up + it said that i could have PCS-Precordial Catch Syndrome. They listed things that i should look out for if its not that. I have almost all of the symptoms::
    Chest pain that extends into the left side of the jaw or arm
    a cough that produces phlegm
    Extreme anxiety with the pain or a feeling of “impending doom”
    Blueness or paleness of the lips or fingernails
    An irregular, rapid, or pounding heart rate
    Marked difficulty breathing or catching one’s breath

    So, i really think that you could help.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all , stop trying to self diagnose, there is a reason doctors go to school for so long and specialize and it's because the human body is extremely complex and when you add the way our brains work it's just crazy to try to figure out on Web MD.

      You could be having something as harmless but scary as chest wall spasms.

      Go and talk to a doctor, or find a clinic that deals with stress induced physical problems. Or take a stress analysis test to see how you deal with stress, Stress alone can cause the symptoms you describe.

    What are the symptoms of a bad gull bladder?
    I'm having alot of pain right below my right chest, and above the rib cage, I know this is where your liver is, and also your gull bladder. I am diagnosed with having steotosis and fibrosis of the liver, but I think it is the gull bladder that is hurting. I vommit alot and have sharp pains in this area. The doctors can't find anything but a fatty inflamed liver. Could it be my gull bladder?
    Yes! I am having pain around my back right shoulder blade, I figured it was joint problems, or my lungs (I'm a smoker).........

    • ANSWER:

      About 90% of gallstones provoke no symptoms at all. If problems do develop, the chance of developing pain is about 2% per year for the first 10 years after stone formation. After this, the chance for developing symptoms declines . On average, symptoms take about 8 years to develop. The reason for the decline in incidence after 10 years is not known, although some doctors suggest that "younger," smaller stones may be more likely to cause symptoms than larger, older ones.

      Biliary Pain
      The mildest and most common symptom of gallbladder disease is intermittent pain called biliary colic , which occurs either in the mid- or the right portion of the upper abdomen. A typical attack has several features:

      The primary symptom is typically a steady gripping or gnawing pain in the upper right abdomen near the rib cage, which can be quite severe and can radiate to the upper back. Some patients with biliary colic experience the pain behind the breast bone.
      Nausea or vomiting may occur.
      Changes in position, over-the-counter pain relievers, and passage of gas do not relieve the symptoms.
      Biliary colic typically disappears after 1 to several hours. If it persists beyond this point, acute cholecystitis or more serious conditions may be present.
      The episodes typically occur at the same time of day, but less frequently than once a week. Large or fatty meals can precipitate the pain, but it usually occurs several hours after eating and often awakens the patient during the night.
      Recurrence is common, but attacks can be years apart. In one study, for example, 30% of people who had had 1- 2 attacks experienced no further biliary pain over the next 10 years.
      Digestive complaints such as belching, feeling unduly full after meals, bloating, heartburn (burning feeling behind the breast bone), or regurgitation (acid back-up in the food pipe) are not likely to be caused by gallbladder disease. Conditions that may cause these symptoms include peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or indigestion of unknown cause. [For more information, see In-Depth Reports #19 Peptic Ulcers and #85 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.]

      Symptoms of Gallbladder Inflammation (Acute Cholecystitis)
      Between 1 - 3% of people with symptomatic gallstones develop inflammation in the gallbladder ( acute cholecystitis ), which occurs when stones or sludge obstruct the duct. The symptoms are similar to those of biliary colic but are more persistent and severe. They include the following:

      Pain in the upper right abdomen is severe and constant and can last for days. Pain frequently increases when drawing a breath.
      Pain also may radiate to the back or occur under the shoulder blades, behind the breast bone, or on the left side.
      About a third of patients have fever and chills.
      Nausea and vomiting may occur.
      Anyone who experiences such symptoms should seek medical attention. Infection develops in about 20% of these cases, which increases the danger. Acute cholecystitis can progress to gangrene or perforation of the gallbladder if left untreated. People with diabetes are at particular risk for serious complications.

      Symptoms of Chronic Cholecystitis or Dysfunctional Gallbladders
      Chronic gallbladder disease ( chronic cholecystitis ) is marked by gallstones and low-grade inflammation. In such cases the gallbladder may become scarred and stiff. Symptoms of chronic gallbladder disease include the following:

      Complaints of gas, nausea, and abdominal discomfort after meals are the most common, but they may be vague and indistinguishable from similar complaints in people without gallbladder disease.
      Chronic diarrhea (4 - 10 bowel movements every day for at least 3 months) may be a common symptom of gallbladder dysfunction.
      Symptoms of Stones in the Common Bile Duct (Choledocholithiasis)
      Stones lodged in the common bile duct ( choledocholithiasis ) can cause symptoms that are similar to those produced by stones that lodge in the gallbladder, but they may also cause the following symptoms:

      Jaundice (yellowish skin)
      Dark urine, lighter stools, or both
      Heartbeat may become rapid and blood pressure may drop abruptly
      Fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, and severe pain in the upper right abdomen. These symptoms suggest an infection in the bile duct (called cholangitis).
      As in acute cholecystitis, patients who have these symptoms should seek medical help immediately. They may require emergency treatment.

      Review Date: 5/15/2007
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    Where is the worst place on your body to have a tattoo pain wise?
    I am about to have a tattoo on my rib cage side area, and need to kno what to expect. I heard thast the chest is the most painfull but I was ok with that. Any help??
    My chest was bad that needed 2 sittings, so would it b much worse? My ass was the worst though I have never experienced pain like it!
    As yahoo kindly blanked out what my ass was, it was my bum!

    • ANSWER:
      I guess it all depends on the person.
      I got told ribs was the worst but i have mine done and they were fine!
      (I'm also getting my opposite side down after christmas :))
      The worst part i ever had done was my shoulder blade- it felt like someone was dragging a blunt instrument down it!
      (I also have my back (right shoulder blade to right hip), wrist, left side above my hip)

      Most people say however that the worst places are:
      the genitals
      the top of the foot
      the throat
      the ribs/chest
      the eyeball/eyelid

    What does constant sharp, but at the same time dull, pain on both sides of my chest mean?
    I'm 18 and I'm a fairly active person. This started about two days ago and has slowly gotten a little worse. The pain is like getting stabbed with a spoon, it is sharp and hurts but it is also kinda dull and achy. The pain is mostly around the bottom of my bra line but it also goes down to just above my rib cage. Any ideas what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hummm - the first thing that hits me is muscle cramp. This can arise out of something wrong at the back - perhaps where a rib attaches at the spine. If you have a chiropractor to talk to, they can straighten this out in about 1 minute.

      Also for muscle cramp you can make sure you get a little extra magnesium for a while - maybe a little extra salt - and take three aspirin every 4 hours for a bit.

pain above rib cage on right side

Pain Under Right Rib Cage And Shoulder

Frequently Asked Questions

    Does anyone have any tips on a Gallbladder diet?
    I have sharp pains under my rib cage and my shoulder blade area, so I am assuming its a gallbladder attack or inflammation. Any tips on what to eat to avoid this? Are their foods that trigger this? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds more like tight back muscles pressing into the nerves going around your body to send pains into the rib, chest or heart areas. Even if it was gall bladder I would have the same release for you, the back muscles, for they can also press into the nerves leaving the spine that go to the organs and pressure on the nerves to the gall bladder could cause it to go into pain, just as the pressure on the nerves going around your back can send the pains around your body. To get rid of either of these problems you have to release your back muscles to free up the tight ones pressing into the nerves and here's how to do that release:
      (do while sitting on a chair)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front, and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm as straight as possible. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, then release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

    Does anyone have any tips on a Gallbladder diet?
    I have sharp pains under my rib cage and my shoulder blade area, so I am assuming its a gallbladder attack or inflammation. Any tips on what to eat to avoid this? Are their foods that trigger this? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      avoid dairy, avoid fatty foods.

    What else could cause right side pain besides gallstones?
    For quite sometime I've been having minor pain on my right side, under my rib cage. I know gallstones are a big factor and the pain is pretty painful, although I'm not in serious pain. I can function fine but at times my right side hurts like right now.I took an ultrasound in Nov and never got the results I'm suppose to go Monday and talk with the doctor but in the meantime I just want to look for answers and see if there are others out there who had the same issue. I get a times pain in the back near the right shoulder, pain under the rib cage, it lasts for at least an hour and goes away, tends to happen after eating something, umm other than that I'm okay. If anyone can help that would be great thanks.

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    Stomach pain after eating peanut butter sandwiches four days ago and pain is still here? What can this be?
    My stomach feels like hard and bloated. I'm having pain under my rib cage and naval. Ive also been getting this like these contraction feelings in my stomach. Like my intestines are twitching or something. I'm kind of curious. My dad has intestinal problems and can't eat certain foods (like peanut butter). Only this is I'm 19 and he started having issues in his 40's?

    • ANSWER:
      You can have pinched muscles in your back that are pressing on the nerves for the other organs as they leave the spine. Pressure on the nerves for the stomach would make it put out more acid and that would cause a burning sensation in your stomach, some say it feels like a bad heartburn other say it's like cramps. You have to release the muscles in your back to get rid of these pains and here's how to do that:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and firmly press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      for best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.
      I doubt the pain is from the sandwiches, but from how you may have held your back at the time.

pain under right rib cage and shoulder