Pain Under Left Rib Cage And Left Arm

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Stabbing pain in my left shoulder. Is this a sign of heart disease?
    Just got back from the ER - I have a stabbing pain in my left shoulder, pain under my arm, the back of my neck is stiff, and I get pains under my rib cage on the left side. Anyone else ever had this and if yes what was your diagnosis. A little freaked right now. They wanted to keep me in the hospital over night but let me come home.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure what this could be, but they did want to keep you overnight so Im thinking you should have stayed. They usually don't want to keep you there for no reason as you are taking up a bed that they need. So if you don't need it, they don't offer it to you so you must have needed it.
      I would go back if you are still in pain!

  2. QUESTION:
    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.
    Thanks.

    • 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    What could be causing the sharp pains in my rib cage?
    I don't know what's wrong. I'm having sharp pains on like my rib cage right under my boobs and it gets worst when I take deep breaths but feels better when I put pressure on it. It's not as severe as the pain I assume I would have from a broken rib and I thought it was an enlarged spleen but my pain is not localized to the left side, but instead all spread around my front and focused more on both sides. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      You have heart burn. It can radiate through the chest, up the throat, into the left shoulder and left arm, and to the back. For some people it can be so severe that they confuse it with heart problems. Taking a deep breath hurts because the expansion of your lungs puts pressure on your stomach and forces acid up into your throat. Pushing on your ribs helps because you're sending a new signal to your brain that's overriding the referred pain of heartburn. Once the throat is burned a little by acid, even the tiniest of stimuli will become painful. Feel free to munch on all of the antacids you want. Tums and Rolaids are fairly useless. Gaviscon is more expensive, but it works incredibly well. For now, try to avoid chocolate, tomatoes, citrus, peppers, caffeine, carbonated drinks, garlic, onions, alcohol, cinnamon, peppermint and spearmint. Once the pain goes away, you can go back to eating those foods, but you may want to limit the amount you eat at one time.

  4. QUESTION:
    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:
      Back:
      (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.

pain under left rib cage and left arm

Pain In Left Rib And Left Shoulder

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    weird pain in my left shoulder and chest after eating?
    I have had this weird pain in my left shoulder, left chest, upper left back and my left hand. It has happend about 3 times and each time aftee eating lunch or dinner. I mean if it is the heart, what is the connection to eating?
    The pain is horrible though.

    • ANSWER:
      Many people with chest pain fear a heart attackheart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are serious and even life-threatening.

      Any organ or tissue in your chest can be the source of pain, including your heart, lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, tendons, or nerves. Pain may also spread to the chest from the neck, abdomen, and back.

      I suggest you see a doctor so he can conduct a physical examination to target the problem.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why do I feel pain in my left shoulder and rib cage when I breathe in?
    When I inhale, there's a sharp pain in the lower part of my shoulder and the bottom part of my left rib cage. It doesn't hurt when I touch my shoulder or anything and I've been having this pain since last night.

    • ANSWER:
      Tight back muscles are being pinched to cause your pains. When you in hale the ribs are expanding out into the muscles to cause the pain in the rib cage area. The tight muscles are causing the pain in the shoulder area as they get stretched from the inhale. Freeing up your back muscles releases the tight muscles causing the pains and here's how to free them up:
      Back:
      (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.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have Mono, and I was sitting on my couch when I felt a sharp pain underneath my left rib cage. Is that bad?
    I have Mono, and I've heard that your spleen can enlarge, but I was just sitting down, I wasn't doing anything dangerous, and I felt an EXTREME pain underneath my left rib cage. Now, I know that you can feel pain when laying on it, and if somebody hits you there it could possibly rupture, but what if you're just sitting down? Should I have my mom take me to the doctor, or will it be fine?

    • ANSWER:
      Pains in the rib cage are usually caused by tight back muscles pressing into the nerves going around your body to send pains into the rib, chest or heart areas. You could have shifted your spine just right to have caused the pain to be felt like it was. To get rid of the pain you have to release your back muscles to free up the tight ones pressed into the nerves and here's how to do that release:
      Back:
      (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.
      You should be able to get some relief for your mono by releasing your neck muscles. When they are tight they can press into the throat with enough pressure to trap your tongue muscle there making it hard and painful to swallow, your sore throat. Here's how to do that release:
      Neck:
      Place your hands behind your head so your fingers meet in the middle of your neck. Press into the neck with a moderate pressure and hold. After 45 seconds slowly lower your head as far as you can, then remove the pressure from the muscles but continue holding your head down for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  4. QUESTION:
    I am having left shoulder pain under the blade and a dry skin area need some help.?
    I am having pain behind my left shoulder blade. It feels like it itches then a burning feeling. Really hurts when I lay on my back. Also under my left breast is a dry patch of skin. The only place on my body that has dry skin. Any ideas what is wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      1.The itching and dry skin are both symptoms of a constricted artery.
      2.The burning sensation and the pain when you lie down are symptoms of a squashed nerve.

      All 4 of your symptoms; pain, itching, burning and dry skin all have the same cause; “a seized muscle”. And judging by your description, the muscle in question is the “serratus anterior”. This muscle connects to our ribs at the front, under the breast and it wraps around our body and connects to the ribs at our back under the shoulder blade.

      Our blood vessels, arteries and the veins, plus our nerves all exist within our muscles. They are all supposed to be “embedded safely inside” our muscle’s springy fibres.

      When a muscle is damaged then for self-protection, it “contracts and tightens”, it “seizes”. When a “muscle seizes” then in effect, it “solidifies” and our arteries and nerves become squashed within, while our veins are pushed out to the surface causing “varicose veins”.

      The following link is a diagram.
      http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc128/manaylor/YouAreNotFat/VaricoseVeinsandConstrictedArteries.jpg

      1.Our arteries become “squashed within the muscle” and the pressure constricts our flow of blood.

      The Itching.
      When an artery is being squashed and blood flow reduced, we experience “numbness” as the area lacking in blood, “goes to sleep”. When the blood comes flooding back then we get the “tingling” of “pins and needles” as the area refills with blood.

      We experience an “intense itching” if our blood supply has been blocked for a prolonged period of time and then it releases. This sensation comes as tiny, “empty”, blood capillaries refill with blood and although irritating, it is in fact a good sign of returning blood but it is also evidence of a constricted artery.

      The Dry Skin.
      The fact that you have dry skin in just one location means that the blood supply to that area is being restricted. Again, a constricted artery.

      Our skin is totally renewed within a 3-5 week time period. With fresh blood, new cells grow underneath and the old skin cells are pushed up, out and off. Your skin is not being fed which means new cell growth is slowed which means that your existing skin has to remain longer than normal and so it dries out.

      2.Our nerves become “squashed within the muscle” and the pressure causes at first, a burning sensation then an ache and finally, pain.

      The Burning
      When seized muscles “squeeze” our nerves, then it burns or we ache.

      The Pain
      When seized muscles “squash” our nerves, then we feel pain.
      When you lie down the nerve becomes squashed within and you have the pain.

      This problem can be easily fixed but first, you need to know that “Exercise is BAD for seized muscles”, so don’t do any.

      For (non-product) treatment advice visit my blog entitled; “Seized Muscles – What Can You Do?" www.fitnessnothealth.wordpress.com

pain in left rib and left shoulder