Rib cage pain is a common complaint that most people suffer with at some point. It is a sharp and sudden pain or can be dull accompanied with aches felt at the chest or below it. One can also experience it on either side of the naval or above it. Rib cage pain can be a result of pulled muscles or it can be more serious like a rib fracture.
The pain can be because of an injury or can occur without any reason. Mostly rib cage pains are not because of any serious issue and diminish eventually or with minor treatment. But in some cases, these pain may be a signal to a more serious underlying condition which needs medical intervention.
Causes of Rib Cage Pain
Commonly, the pain felt in the rib cage is due to wrong sleeping position or if the person exercises too hard and pulled a muscle. It may also be caused by bruised or broken ribs, or if the person has recently experienced any injury to the chest.
Sometimes a person may feel a sharp and sudden pain on the right side of the rib cage or chest which is nothing to stress about because in most cases these pain subside given time. But if it worsens and is severe then it could potentially be something bigger than just a regular pain. The underlying medical issue can be determined by the intensity of the pain and its kind. Whether the pain is constant or occurs intermittently or after a few days.
Some of the possible causes of pain on the right side of the rib cage are:
1. Gallbladder Issues
The gallbladder is an organ located on the right side of the human body. Your gallbladder may be the cause of your pain. If you feel nauseous or your pain lasts for a few minutes to few hours then it may be biliary colic. Gallstones are also a culprit of sharp pains on the right side of the body.
Another cause for this type of pain may be acute cholecystitis, where the cystic duct is blocked by the gallstone causing inflammation. This is a more serious issue with severe constant pain accompanied by fever, vomiting, nausea, and chills.
2. Liver Problems
A liver can be a host to a number of problems, but the pain on your right side does not always indicate that your liver is not healthy. Liver diseases always come with other symptoms as well such as jaundice, skin problems, color difference in urine and stool ( urine may become darker and stool might be pale or very dark), loss of appetite and fatigue.
The most common cause of pain on the right side of the ribs is the gas trapped in the intestines, both small and large intestines. People feel uneasy and can suffer from pain if the gas gets trapped where the large intestines bend called the hepatic flexure. This can also tenderness in the abdomen. Gas can also be trapped in the left intestine bend called splenic flexure. People often tend to confuse gas pains with gallbladder stones when the pain is on the right side of the abdomen.
4. Fractures and Bruises
In case of injuries and falls it is possible that the ribs may have cracked or are bruised. Experiencing pain while breathing in or when you cough might be because of a broken or bruised rib. If the rib is fractured the surrounding muscles will swell and become tender. Strained rib cage muscles might also be the reason for under rib cage pains.it is possible if you have twisted your body a little further while working out without proper stretching or warm up.