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Onlinedoc, General Physician
Category: Health
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Experience:  B.A.M.S with experience in Medicine,Ayurveda, Integrative, CAM
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What might cause a stabbing pain on the left side under the

Customer Question

What might cause a stabbing pain on the left side under the ribs that goes away and returns ever so often, as in once ot twice a day? Like a quick thud?
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: Once yesterday and a couple times today. I'm 75 but in good health. Both times I wa in a sitting position.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: None I could think of.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 11 months ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.
It's my first priority to help you.
Please provide some additional information.

Associated nausea,heartburn?

Shortness of breath?

Is pain sharp?

Burning sensation and pain during urination?

Are you taking any medicines?


Do you feel tenderness on affected site?

Smoking and alcohol consumption?

History of hypertension?

Stress and anxiety?

Waiting for your reply.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath.
No bloating, or tenderness. No to alcohol.
I do have high blood pressure thats kept
within an acceptable range with drugs. And no unusual stress. Its just sudden and then goes away.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Its sudden and takes my breath away.
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 11 months ago.

Thanks for the follow-up.
I understand your concern.

As per your description,possible differential diagnosis may include Gastritis,Intercostal muscle strain,Renal colic,Ischemic heart disease.

You should take OTC Advil and Zantac.

Also do gentle massage with topical diclofenac sodium ointment on affected site along with warm compresses.

OTC Aspirin can be taken.

You should monitor your blood pressure also.

You should maintain a good hydration with plenty of fluids.

If your symptoms'll not show any improvement then visit ER or see your doctor ASAP.

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Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 11 months ago.

May I help you more?
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