Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pain Under Right Rib Cage : Causes And Symptoms

Pain under right rib cage. The ribs house vital organs like the liver (partially), lungs and heart. If there is pain under the ribs, one should try to find more about the pain, whether it is sharp, dull or aching or tearing. The property of pain can help in quickly diagnosing the cause of pain. In fact, the most common cause of pain under the ribs is pleuritic chest pain , a condition in which a thin membrane over the lungs get inflamed. However, like any other condition, there can be many causes.

Pain under right rib cage causes and symptoms : 

  • Pleuritic chest pain : This pain is generally a sharp, tearing kind of pain in the chest and can occur anywhere. The pain grows with deeper breathing, so the person obviously takes shallow breaths. 
  • Liver Pain : The liver is a very large organ of the body. In fact it takes up a large space in the upper abdomen. Liver pain is generally a vague pain in the upper right abdomen under the right ribs. This pain can be felt at the back near the region between the shoulder blades and even at the shoulders. The person may experience sharper pain on bending forward and standing straight may be relieving. Most of the liver diseases cause such a pain, like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, jaundice and cirrhosis. Diseases like hepatitis are dangerous and it is important that they are detected quickly. In hepatitis, there can be other signs like vomiting and weakness. 
  • Gallbladder attack : An excessive deposition of gallstones in the gallbladder can cause a very sharp pain in the upper abdomen which is also felt below the right ribs, generally at the lowermost region of the ribs .This pain is excruciating and is a medical emergency. The treatment for this condition is surgical removal of the gallbladder. 
  • Lung disease : The ribs house the lungs. Any problem or disease of the lungs can easily show up as pain under the ribs. However, pain due to lung diseases is usually deep felt. 
  • Bruised ribs : This is also a common cause of rib pain. One may not have noticed or paid much attention when the ribs got brushed against some surface and bruised, like in sports. But it can pain a lot later on. 
  • Hernia of the stomach, called hiatal hernia can also cause pain under right ribs. In this condition, the stomach enters above its enclosure and exerts pressure on the diaphragm. The diaphragm is membrane just under the ribs. This affects breathing and pressure on the diaphragm causes pain under the ribs. 
  • Costochondritis : This condition causes pain in the rib cage and makes breathing quite difficult. It is an inflammation of the cartilage which joins the ribs to the spine and chest bone. 
  • Pain in the rib cage after eating is usually a sign of gallbladder disease. If the pain occurs in a broad are of the chest and it is a pain with sharp burning sensation, then it could be heartburn.