Back pain in the rib area in the back

Do you have a back pain under ribs? It is an occasion guard, because this symptom may indicate many diseases. Therefore, the appearance of such a symptom should not treat lightly their health. Let's see in detail – what this can be caused by what you need to pay attention.

First we need to understand how the painful sensation on the background of complete physical health and peace, after heavy physical exertion, eating, or hypothermia of the body.

The most common causes of back pain under ribs

Pain under the ribs appears in many diseases of various systems and organs. Often it can be the consequence of a recent injury or postoperative complications. Therefore, in order to understand to what doctor to seek help, you need to determine what could be causing the pain.

The reason can be:

  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, gallbladder, liver;
  • enlargement of the spleen caused by acute and chronic infections, immune disorders, anemiyami and other pathologies;
  • injuries of the liver and/or spleen;
  • subdiaphragmatic abscess;
  • diseases of urinary system;
  • osteochondrosis of the spine;
  • retroperitoneal hematoma;
  • pathology of the neuro-endocrine regulation.

Self-test to aid diagnosis

To slightly reduce the list of pathologies that can cause pain under the ribs, it is necessary to detail the arisen unpleasant feelings:

  • To determine more precise localization of pain;
  • To establish the exact irradiation path of pain – that is the point at which it is applied;
  • To establish the power of the pain;
  • To assess the nature of the pain – attack or constant, sharp or dull, shooting;
  • To identify the factors that enhance the pain – coughing, sneezing, deep breaths, sudden movement;
  • To determine that the intensity of the pain reduces or completely relieves it – heat, cold, antispasmodics, analgesics, a certain position of the body;
  • If you have back pain in the rib area, it may be repeated with a certain periodicity. You can try to establish that it contributes to the appearance of pain – time of day, exercise, relationship with food intake.

I should add that when my back hurts under the ribs, an important role in the diagnosis have other signs. These include increased body temperature, fever, nausea, vomiting.

A thorough analysis of the sensations combined with accompanying signs, subject to previously identified diseases and the history of the development of the pain syndrome will allow you to accurately determine which specialist should be consulted.

In addition, considered in detail all the features of painful sensations and describing them to the doctor can significantly help him make an accurate diagnosis.



Awkward twist of the body, too sharp a change in its position or weight lifting could cause back pain, called lumbago. Very often lumbago is a symptom of such diseases as sciatica.

At the same pain syndrome of different intensity, with a characteristic distribution in the buttock and/or leg. In the case of sciatica the cause of pain can serve as hypothermia or exercise. And her gain is most often associated with the change of position of a body tilt.

In addition, pain in this area of the body can be a typical manifestation of the neuralgia inflammatory. Upon such a violation, the intensity of pain will increase during deep breathing and movement.

If you are concerned about the left upper quadrant

There are many options why can the back pain left side under ribs. Typically, this is associated with diseases of the respiratory system, disorders of the kidneys, osteochondrosis, urolithiasis and other diseases.

Pneumonia in the lower or middle part of the lung, bronchitis. Combined with the signs of diseases of the respiratory system – cough, shortness of breath, fever, breathing problems should consult a specialist.

Pain under the rib on the left side of the body may indicate kidney disease. In acute or chronic form of inflammation of the kidney increases, which causes a stretching of the capsule. In this situation, attacks are constant, not very strong, more like a feeling of heaviness in the lumbar region.

Gladkomyshechnoy spasms of the muscles of the urinary tract. In this case, the pain is similar to kidney pain. It has a sharp attack, the character gives to the groin and genitals. Removed spazmoliticheskimi drugs and heat.

Osteochondrosis pain may have a different character. Often patients suffer from painful feeling after a night's sleep or a long stay of the body in one position. Seizures can be sudden and shooting.

With the abnormalities in the kidneys should consult a physician, if signs of kidney stones often have to visit the surgeon. Treatment of osteochondrosis, do orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist.

In rare cases, a myocardial infarction, if the lesion only in the posterior-basal parts of the heart muscle, the discomfort can give in the area of the left ribs. Myocardial pain syndrome characterized by burning sensation, high intensity and ineffectiveness of analgesics.

If you are concerned about the right upper quadrant

As you know, right under the edge to be the liver. Accordingly, most of the problems in this place connected with this organ. Therefore, if back pain right side under ribs – this may indicate inflammation of the liver acute or chronic in nature.

In addition to disorders in the liver, pain in the right upper quadrant may be a sign of problems with the gall bladder and ways. Especially characteristic for these diseases, the onset of pain after ingestion of fatty and/or fried food.

If the pain under the ribs on the right side is complemented by such symptoms as bitter taste in the mouth, nausea, vomiting – a sign of pancreatitis, that is, diseases of the pancreas.

In addition, pain under the ribs on the right may indicate inflammation of the lower divisions of the right lung, inflammatory diseases of the small intestine, or irregularities in the right kidney.

It is noteworthy that such a common illness as appendicitis can start with pain in the area, which gradually moves to the right side of the abdomen.

Thus, before you diagnose yourself from a particular disease, it is important to evaluate all of the complex features. Only by carefully analyzing all the symptoms, you can understand what the nature of the attacks.

Taking into account that among these conditions is a pretty serious disease – to treat such pain very carefully. After all, self-medication with analgesics only "mask" the problem but not solve it. Therefore, the best thing you can do in such cases is to seek the advice of a doctor.

Pain in right side from behind the back


Pain in the right side, manifested from the back – a symptom that can indicate many diseases, including serious. If the patient gets to the specialist in time, it will allow him to avoid fatal complications and receive appropriate treatment.

When there is pain?

Pain in right side, felt in the back is a symptom, the appearance of which is possible in the following diseases.

Diseases of the respiratory system:

  • pleurisy ("dry");
  • pneumonia;
  • pneumothorax;
  • cancer of the bronchi and lungs.

Diseases of the digestive system:

  • intestinal colic;
  • acute cholecystitis;
  • appendicitis.

Diseases of the urinary system:

  • zabryushinnaya hematoma;
  • hydronephrosis;
  • glomerulonephritis;
  • pyelonephritis;
  • abscess of kidney;
  • renal colic.

Lesions of the spine, spinal cord:

  • osteochondrosis;
  • spondilez;
  • hernia.

A list of possible diseases in which there is pain in right side back long enough. You should definitely pay attention to the nature of pain, associated symptoms.

Diseases of the respiratory system

Pain in the right side, manifested from the back, are among the characteristic features of pathologies of the respiratory system.

Inflammation of the pleura (pleurisy) is ekssudativnym and dry, in both cases, to assert yourself sharp pain when breathing. When purulent form of strong pains on the right is added defective respiration on the affected side. The dry form to report cutting pain attacks while moving, coughing.

Inflammation of the lungs (right-sided pneumonia) is accompanied by such symptoms as increased temperature, rales in lung, cough. The intensity of pain is different.

Spontaneous pneumothorax produces sharp sudden pain that is felt in the scapula.

Lung cancer, bronchi – diseases that are characterized by nagging pain in the back right, it is also possible capture of scapula, right shoulder. Aktiviziruyutsya syndrome with increasing tumor in the process of moving, coughing, breathing.

Diseases of the digestive system

problems with digestion

Pain that focuses in the right side of the back, may indicate problems related to digestive system.

Acute cholecystitis – a disease in which the pain concentrated in the right side, can give to the area above the shoulder blade, right shoulder. In some cases, also with burning in the lower back. The duration of the attack varies from several days to several hours. Additional symptoms is the growth temperature, vomiting.

Acute appendicitis can also cause pain in the right side rear. This rare symptom occurs if appendikulyarnyy Appendix localized behind the cecum, increased in size.

Diseases of the urinary system

A kidney disease can cause pain in the back right side.

Glomerulonephritis, hydronephrosis, renal abscess, and other pathologies marked pulling, blunt and sharp pain. The pain increases, if you put pressure on the lumbar area.

Renal colic gives a sharp pain, the same sign may indicate thrombosis of the renal artery.

Problems of the spinal cord, spine

Hernia, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerve roots – all of these problems can cause a sharp pain right in the back. In order not to confuse the pathology of the spine with other diseases, it is worth examining other signs. In the back there is a feeling of stiffness, pain attack increases when moving, gives to the chest, the extremities, the groin area. It is also possible the occurrence of numbness, "pins and needles".

Severe pain, possible fracture of the scapula, ribs on the right. She aktiviziruyutsya coughing, deep breathing, motion.

How to calculate the "sick body"?

Often people experiencing pain concentrated in the right side rear, I don't know to what expert to address with some authority is the problem. Of course, accurate diagnosis is able to determine the only a specialist after a full examination.

However, something may tell the location, intensity and character of pain attacks:

  • Right under the shoulder blade. Perhaps the problem has a neurological nature, is the result of a pinched nerve. You can also suspect lung disease: pneumonia, pleurisy, lung cancer.
  • Under the ribs. Here are the liver and pancreas located gallbladder. Pathology of any of these organs can serve as a source of pain. Prolonged pain liver checked first.
  • Right in the Central part. Most likely, the problem is associated with kidney disease.
  • Lower back to the right. Pain attacks can indicate diseases and injuries of the spine, hernia. Also probable failures in the urinary system. In the latter situation the pain not abating in any position.

Back pain right side can disturb a person's in the morning. The probable problems causing pain after waking up – wrong mattress, muscular dystrophy.

Do I need to call the ambulance?

There are diseases that require emergency treatment, in some cases we are talking about surgery. Often the patient's life directly depends on the speed with which comes a doctor. Should definitely call an ambulance if you get symptoms such as sharp, sudden pain felt on the right side of the back. Additional signs are weakness, fainting, dizziness.

In any case, it is impossible to independently prescribe drugs without passing a medical examination. In the most extreme case, you can take painkillers for the temporary elimination of symptoms. However, to completely get rid of the pain is possible only after the elimination of the causes of its occurrence.

Most of these problems were chronic, and the patient people are already used to any sensation that radiates to the back, to explain the exacerbation of chronic conditions — osteoarthritis. As a rule, so be it, but there are other reasons.