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Hi,

Ive been experiencing pain under my lower left rib for years which would last for a few days each time but is now constant and getting stronger. My tummy visibly pulls in over this area when the pain is there. I have severe endometriosis but don’t know if this is linked. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Morning my lovely. I'm sorry to hear that you're in pain. For many many years I've had pain underneath my ribs. It's like in the middle of my ribs but at the bottom of my ribs if that makes sense. I've always been told it's endometriosis causing the pain and I've been on omprezole for many years. Like you it's a constant pain which is worse when I try to eat something. I've found cutting out greasy, spicy and acidic foods help. I've not eaten any of these foods for a very long time. Peppermint tea helps and a hot water bottle and some strong painkillers but not anti inflammatory tablets as they can make the pain worse. O hope that helps you. 💛

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Puffling1 in reply to angiecxx

I’m sorry you have it too. I have pain and pressure under my ribcage front and back but this pain on the left feels different. I have wondered if it’s stomach/bowel related but not sure

Hi Puffling, I am undergoing investigations currently but am suspected of having endo and adenomyosis. I have pain at my lower left rib and at times centrally. It's the same sharp, pulling pain I have at my left hip where I've been told (after a colonoscopy) that my bowel is stuck to my pelvis. I've assumed the pain at my rib is for the same reason. Thankfully I've been referred for a laporoscopy and am hoping this gets picked up then.

I’ve had that too but according to an Xray I was severely backed up/constipated

Constipation is an ongoing battle for me so it is possible that this is causing or adding to the pain.

You may have endometriosis on your diaphragm. Rib and chest pain is common with severe endometriosis. Mine is all on the right. It's a really raw pain and can even be exhausting just to speak for a long time. Perhaps mention to your doctor or specialist.

Sorry to hear that you have this. It can be really unpleasant. xx

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

I have the same, what are they doing to help you? Xx

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Dogmad6 in reply to Vps1980

I have Zoladex ongoing now indefinitely. I've also had multiple surgeries but problems always come back. I had very extensive endometriosis and don't think it'll ever be completely resolved. You should ask for help with this, it's one of the many horrible symptoms of this cruel disease. XX

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

Will you still need those meds after menopause? I’m trying to get help but it’s hard xx

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Dogmad6 in reply to Vps1980

Haha I had hysterectomy and oopherectomy almost 18 years ago so yes! xx

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

From what I’ve read if they don’t remove it all at once it grows back regardless, I never had the chest pain until I hit 39 but I was on codeine xx

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Dogmad6 in reply to Vps1980

I don't know your situation or what treatment you've had but my advice is to make a fuss. I got fobbed off for many years. Good luck, it is very hard. I agree. xx

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

I’ve had no treatment, just offered mini pill, I get right sided rib and chest pain, ive asked for an mri xx

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Dogmad6 in reply to Vps1980

I've had extensive radical excision with a top endometriosis specialist, multiple times and even that has not been enough to stop some recurrence. I do hope you can get help with this. Bear in mind that scans often don't show up endometriosis. None of mine did. xx

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

I realise that but while trying to get a lap it’s better than nothing, are you on a special diet at all? Have you taken hrt? I’m even avoiding parabens in body creams etc xx

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Dogmad6 in reply to Vps1980

Yes I have found the low fodmap diet has helped me a lot. It's an exclusion diet for 2 to 3 weeks then you gradually reintroduce food groups. I know what I can and can't have and keep consumption of fodmaps low. It's the only diet that has ever helped me personally.I don't take HRT, too scared of it making my endometriosis worse.

I hope your MRI is helpful. xx

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

I’m on the low histamine diet, ive cut out dairy and gluten too, hoping my problems might just be worse because of perimenopause xx

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Dogmad6 in reply to Vps1980

I actually have lactose free dairy, need dairy for my bones. Wheat and gluten seem to worsen endometriosis symptoms for some people, me for one. Anyway, good luck with everything. xx

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Vps1980 in reply to Dogmad6

Almond milk contains calcium xx

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Puffling1 in reply to Dogmad6

So sorry to hear this . How do they go about removing it on the diaphragm?

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Puffling1 in reply to Dogmad6

The pain and pressure under my ribs is definitely worse if I have a lot of gas but is still there to a lesser degree if I have no gas. Are there any particular signs that indicate endometriosis on diaphragm is a likely cause? How do you go about finding out?

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Vps1980 in reply to Puffling1

The pain is usually right sided and can effect your breathing, also right shoulder pain, I can’t even sleep on my right side xx

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Puffling1 in reply to Dogmad6

It is so cruel. Are you able to use HRT?

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Dogmad6 in reply to Puffling1

It was excision surgery along with excision in various other places. The surgeon just had a look at my diaphragm in the operation. It was a specialist in endometriosis. You could try a search for symptoms of endometriosis on the diaphragm and see if you think it fits as it fitted with me exactly and all made sense. Also the chest pain definitely worsened in a cyclical way and still does although I am a lot better than when at my worst years ago before surgery.

I am not on HRT and too scared of it making my endometriosis any worse. xx

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Puffling1 in reply to Dogmad6

That must have been really difficult for you. Have they excised the endometriosis from both below the diaphragm and above as well?

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Dogmad6 in reply to Puffling1

I don't really know sorry. xx

I had this, always in the exact same place just under my left rib. So sorry to hear you're suffering too. Mine varied from a sharp stabbing to a dull ache, sometimes after I'd eaten, sometimes just randomly. I haven't had it since excision surgery so it must have been endometriosis related xx

I’m so pleased to hear excision gave you some relief from it. Was it on your diaphragm?

No, although I did wonder if it was on my diaphragm at the time! Endo was found on my left pelvic sidewall though (among other places) so I reckon it must have been that? I'm not really sure but glad the feeling's gone, it could be really awful x

Im sorry you had to go through that but it’s really lovely to hear you had a positive outcome from surgery. All my symptoms are getting worse and over the last few months I’ve been gradually losing hope that it would be possible to have any kind of positive outcome so thank you

Sorry to hear your symptoms are getting worse - I know the feeling as I have bad bowel symptoms that weren't resolved by surgery and nothing helps - no idea if it's endo or something else. It's so miserable when you're losing hope and just want to live normally, you're not alone. But surgery definitely helped the pain so I really believe you can get relief - crossing my fingers for you xx

I've had rib pain for years and always been told it's Costachondritis, but now have it allthe way across and finally my GP is taking it seriously as possible diaphragmatic Endo after i read posts on here and am waiting for another ultrasound

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Puffling1 in reply to SLIB

I’m glad it’s finally been taken seriously. Was it just on one side before now?

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SLIB in reply to Puffling1

It's always been in the middle, then after I came off the pill all the way across and down right hand side, have gone on prostap has eased quite a bit thankfully

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Vps1980 in reply to SLIB

Mri will be better, that’s what I’ve requested xx

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