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a sharp pain on the left side of my ribs next to the sternum

Posted by Bee

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How long did it last?  How often does it return?  Does it happen after you eat?  We need more specific information before we can appropriately answer....
just wondering as I have similar -- sometimes it feels as though it begins in back near kidney area and also along left side and ends right under ribcage.  It began about 4 weeks ago, after being diagnosed with blood in urine by ob-gyn.  this past friday had an  apt. with primary doctor and she said "no" to kidney problem, something about being able to tell from what I was telling her, but possibly muscle strain or similar.  I don't like that it's been there for 4 weeks and honestly some days it is really lousy feeling and others not so bad.  Also, last night it laid in my back and right now it's lower front left under rib.  BTW, we just had dinner about 1/2 hour ago.  It seems to wax and wane, but when it's bad it really does make me feel horrible.  She also said to take Tylenol or Motrin.  Maybe I  should take it on a regular basis, not just when pain comes and see what happens over the next week or so?  Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. dvig0216
bee, we need more information to be able to help.
dvig, blood in urine can come from any condition resulting in injury, inflammation, or infection to the urinary system. did you injure your back?  a fall?  sometimes strenuous exercise can be the cause.
damage to upper tract = kidneys; damage to lower tract = ureters, bladder, urethra. common cause would be infection of kidney or genitals, kidney stones or a uti (urinary tract infection). kidney, bladder and prostate cancers are a possibility in some cases.  
sometimes medications -- analgesics (asprin, tylenol, motrin), blood thinners are antibiotics can be a cause.  that said, motrin is ibuprofin, an antiplatelet (destroys blood platelets). 
diabetes, viral infections, hypertension and sickle cell anemia could be a cause. 
what you eat has a lot to do with how your body runs.  do you drink soda? 
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