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Sometimes I can feel a bit of a pain under my ribs on my right side not all the time it has been on and off for two months...

Sometimes I can feel a bit of a pain under my ribs on my right side not all the time it has been on and off for two months.

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Thanks for your question, we're sorry to hear about the intermittent pain you have been feeling under your right rib. There are a number of possible causes for this, the first of which is a condition known as costochondritis this is where the cartilage connecting the ribs to the breast bone becomes inflamed and it can be caused by issues such as physical trauma, strain or muscle injury and infections. The gall bladder also lies close to the area under the right rib cage and problems with the gall bladder such as a stone or inflammation could cause this type of pain and frequently extends to the shoulder blades and back bone. Stomach issues such as acid reflux and ulcers, which are non- healing wounds of the stomach lining, can also sometimes give rise to pain being felt under the right ribs. Liver problems such as infection and inflammation more rarely can cause discomfort in the area under the right rib cage but are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, weakness and fatigue.

As you can see there are many potential causes for this type of pain and while it is more usually caused by a muscle strain or injury if your symptoms persist and do not improve then it would be best to make an appointment with your Gp who will be able to both examine you, assess the underlying cause and give any treatment that is required.

Best of luck,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses