Pain in the right side of back under ribs what does it mean gas 66

Your middle and upper back area is supported by the thoracic spine which is attached to your ribs. Surrounding your ribs are intercostal muscles and ligaments that work together to give strength and stability to your upper body. Although lower back pain is more common than middle back pain, acute or chronic pain under your back ribs can affect your daily activities.

Depending on the cause of pain under your right ribs, you may have a sensation of dull, throbbing aches that don’t go away. Or, the pain could start suddenly and feel like sharp stabbing pains that are worse when lying down or standing up. Some of the ways of getting rid of nagging pains in your back without painkillers include warm or cold compresses, stretching exercises, and getting plenty of rest.

In this article, I will look at the many causes of back pain on your right side that is felt under your ribs. You will also find out how to tell the difference between rib pain in your back and upper or middle back aches caused by internal organs. Thoracic Back Anatomy and Right-Side Rib Pain

The University of Maryland reports that between the 12 vertebrae in your thoracic spine are small jelly-like discs. These cushion your spine and act as shock absorbers to prevent irritation, inflammation, and back pain in your spine and ribs. Damage to the discs through wear and tear or injury can cause pain on the right side or left side of your ribs as well as the middle of your back. 2

Another feature of the anatomy of your rib cage that can cause right-sided back pain is the muscles that lie between your ribs (called the intercostal muscles). According to the book Clinical Anatomy of the Spine, intercostal muscles also influence the spine. They wrap around your chest between your ribs and are attached to the sternum and thoracic spine. They help to stabilize your upper back and also play a role in breathing. 3

Injury to your rib cage muscles, supporting ligaments, ribs, thoracic spine, or breastbone can also cause pain that radiates to other areas of your body. This is why middle or upper back pain can sometimes cause pain in your shoulder blades, abdominal pain, or even shooting pains down one or both legs. Common Causes of Back Pain Under Ribs

Incorrect lifting, trauma to your right-side ribs, or twisting your body awkwardly can strain the muscles between your ribs. Intercostal muscle strains caused by injury to your right rib cage can result in sharp, stabbing pains that may spread to your back.

According to Dr. Jack McPhilemy, an expert in orthopedic surgery, muscles strains or tears to the muscles between your ribs can cause acute or chronic back pain. As the intercostal muscle tear or strain heals, jabbing back pains might only occur when you sneeze or cough. Depending on the extent of the muscle injury, it may take a few weeks for the right-sided rib pain to go away. 5

The Journal of Neurology & Translational Neuroscience reported that damage to an intercostal nerve in the ribs can cause back pains in the thoracic region that spread to the chest. Pain caused by nerves between the ribs is described as shooting or burning pain that is very sharp. The painful sensations can also spread to the shoulder and also cause upper leg pain. 7

Because nerve pain in your rib cage can cause sharp pains in your left chest, you should be aware of the signs of a heart attack. The first symptoms of a heart attack are pressing or squeezing pains in your chest that spread to your left arm.

According to Dr. Laurence Knott on Patient.info, poor posture can put pressure on the nerves in your spinal column and your rib cage. This can cause pain from your middle back to radiate to other parts of your body. The middle back pain can develop over time and be caused by sitting for long periods of time or not standing straight. 8

To find out how to reduce back pain under your ribs caused by poor posture, please read my article on how to improve your posture. This may also help your treat symptoms of sciatica that cause shooting pains down your leg. Herniated thoracic disc

If one of the discs between the thoracic spine ruptures, slips or herniates, you can experience varying degrees of back pain. If the herniated disc presses on a nerve, the shooting back pains can be severe and cause weakness and tingling in your right or left arm.

Dr. Gerard Malanga who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation says that middle back pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. This may cause sharp pains in the groin if it happens in the lower back, or aching neck pain if the disc ruptures at the top of the thoracic spine. 9

The Journal of Korean Medical Science reports that rheumatoid arthritis can cause middle back pain that spreads to the lower back. For some people, the pain can increase when lying down or standing for long periods of time. The reason for this is that degeneration of the vertebrae in the middle back puts extra pressure on the lower back. 11

If you suffer from arthritis, then you should include foods in your diet that reduce inflammation. Also, spices like ginger and turmeric reduce inflammation in joints and may alleviate pain under your ribs and other symptoms of arthritis. Costochondritis

According to Dr. Carol DerSarkissian on WebMD, costochondritis causes tenderness and pain in the middle of your chest ( sternum pain). This can feel worse when you press on the breastbone. The pain can come on suddenly and feel like sharp jabbing pains. Sometimes, the pain in your chest is more like a dull ache that is sharper when you cough.

Doctors from the Cleveland Clinic say that pain in the thoracic, cervical, or lumbar area is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. This can cause pain that affects the back and may be felt on just one side. Other accompanying symptoms of fibromyalgia can include: 13

Did you know that there are foods you must avoid if you are living with chronic pain? If you suffer from fibromyalgia then research has shown that D-Ribose supplements can help reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Causes of Right-Side Back Pain Under Ribs Due to Internal Organs

Your gallbladder is located on the right side of your upper abdomen, and gallstones or inflammation can cause right-sided back pain. The Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care reported that chronic right side back pain is often a symptom of gallbladder blockages or inflammation. The pain is usually felt under your right shoulder blade. 14 Lung issues

Your kidneys are located in the middle of your back, and kidney disease or kidney stones in your right kidney will cause right-sided pain under your ribs. Dr. Charles Patrick Davis says that kidney stones can cause intense cramping pain in your middle or low back area. 15

If you have injured your back, most doctors recommend getting plenty of rest to prevent aggravating any injury in your back. However, you should not lay in bed too long because physical activity can help to prevent back pain from becoming chronic. 15