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Over the last couple of days I've gotten a random sharp pain

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Hi, over the last couple of days I've gotten a random sharp pain on the left side of my torso under the rib-cage. It usually comes for a second and then goes. Any help would be appreciated.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your concerns today.
I am sorry to hear about your problem.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Is the painful area tender to touch?

Does the pain increase when you take a deep breath?

Do you have any other medical problems?

Are you on any medications for anything?

Also mention your age and gender.


Customer: replied 4 months ago.
None of the above. I'm 34 male.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Does this pain happen in a specific posture or at a certain time of the day?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Not a posture. But more likely in the evening.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Do you think that you could have have pulled a muscle or strained that area in the last few days time before this pain started?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Possibly. But it doesn't feel like a strained muscle. It's more sudden and sharp than that.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

The kind of pain that you are having usually happens when there is an irritated nerve in this area that is firing spontaneously leading to the random pains that you are having. This may have been due to slight inflammation of the nerve, which again may have been due to overexertion or stretching of the area.

I would recommend taking anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen 200 mg three times a day for five days to see if that helps.

The pain should settle in about one to two weeks at the most as the area heals up.

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