12 Common Causes of Pain under Right Rib Cage + Infographic

That results in a severe pain in the lower back or abdomen, it can be spread over the right rib cage region so it is difficult to find out that is a kidney problem situation. Some kidney stones can be dissolved by using special medications.


Wonder what is it? Don`t worry, inflammation of the muscles of the rib cage is known as a costochondritis. It is also called ‘chest wall pain’. It can cause strong pain below the right rib cage. It is very often combined with a sore throat, fatigue and fever. This can occur due to injury, physical strain, some viral infections, fibromyalgia and other upper respiratory illnesses.

But what interesting costochondritis symptoms can be also similar to pain in chest area related to a heart attack that is why costochonditis pain may be often mistaken for cardiovascular disease symptoms. It can also lead to pain while breathing, coughing and even difficulty in breathing. Individuals with costochondritis are typically cured with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Liver problems

Probably that can be the most typical diagnosis for a pain under right rib cage. Most of the people will hear from their physicians that damage within a liver is one of the most common causes of strong pain in the area of right rib cage. However there are plenty of reasons why the liver may have a problem. It can be damaged or infections and inflammation of the liver can cause a pain.

What is important to know that all discomfort within a liver may be effect of serious liver damage that can be even dangerous for your life. Sometimes people get Hepatitis that can be caused not only by alcoholism but also viral infections. It will give many unclear symptoms include fever, weakness, fatigue and upper abdominal pain, usually focused below the right rib cage area.

But not only hepatitis, also fatty liver, congestive heart failure and many others can be the reason why our liver becomes infected. From time to time blocked blood vessels due to blood clots can be responsible for pain under right rib cage.

Liver cancer

So serious that it need to be separate from just ‘liver problem’. While suffer from heavy pain in upper abdomen and pain under right rib cage you need to be aware that it can be symptom of a liver cancer as well. As other cancers, liver cancer occurs because cells multiply out of control within the liver, what destroy healthy cells.

Cancer of the liver can be spread over the body very fast what makes medical treatment difficult and time to time unsuccessful. Most of the time cancer of liver is caused due to hepatitis or alcoholism. Symptoms of liver cancer include fever, abdominal swelling, jaundice, dark/brown urine, often also unexplained weight loss together with pain under right rib cage.

It is very important to consult your doctor every time you experience any pain around your liver area. Diagnosis of liver disease early can surely help prevent serious health conditions.


Persistent pain on the right side of the abdomen should be medically checked without doubt. It can be something wrong with your pancreas as well. When there is a problem with your pancreas, you can be sure it will lead to not nice pain around right rib cage. Infection and inflammation of the pancreas will result in a sharp pain under your right rib cage.

Such pain can spread over the sides and back of your body. Unhealthy diet with a too heavy meals and too much alcohol drinking can be a reason of pancreatitis. You need to visit your doctor if you notice fever, yellowish skin, fast heart rate or vomiting together with the pain under right rib area.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

You might not even realize how many symptoms can be associated with irritable bowel syndrome, named IBS. People that complain about pain in abdomen and under the rib cage very often are diagnosed with IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a group of symptoms that can make problems with abdominal pain and changes in a pattern of bowel movements. It is very common issue in the past few years. Stress and unhealthy food may let you suffer IBS. However the real reason of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is so far not clear.

Too much gas

The other problem with your intestines that together with irritable bowel syndrome can be a reason of pain under right rib cage is simply overeating. When you are eating too much that can cause a problems in digestions, your stomach will produce too much acids and too much gases what will surely lead to some abdomen pain. The reflux of acid and regurgitation of food will cause a strong pain under right rib cage.

Crohn`s disease

This is a very serious inflammatory bowel disease that affects mostly young adults. When this is your problem you will suffer not only with a severe pain under right rib cage, you may also experience heavy diarrhea, loss of weight, blood in the stools, ulcers, flatulence and other abdominal discomfort. Of course this needs to be treated by specialist, often in a hospital conditions. However it is good to know that pain under the right rib cage is often experienced by persons affected with Crohn`s disease.


Stomach ulcers can be also a reason why we feel unspecific pain in the lower part of the rib region. An ulcer is an inflamed wound in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. It is a painful sore found in the stomach lining or in a small intestine. It often can lead to abdominal bleeding or tearing. It coexists frequently with the reflux of acid what may be responsible for a burning sensation in the throat.


There is also one more possible situation that can result in strange pain experienced in a low right rib area pain. A small part of the intestine, called appendix, may get infected what generate a sharp pain under right rib cage. Such pain is a result to the inflammation process and will need an immediate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Special Cases

Pregnancy time

The pain under right rib cage can be experienced also during pregnancy period. As there is a huge hormone changes cascade and also size of the uterus and the breasts is increasing during pregnancy it is easy to imagine that discomfort in a rib cage area is a common situation for a pregnant woman. Of course you cannot do too much about it, but be sure that after delivery a baby all discomfort in a rib cage area will disappear. If not, there must be other reason of pain despite aside from pregnancy.

During running

That can happen quite often for many people. It is unexpected sharp pain under right rib cage while you are running and may be caused by several reasons. It can be associated with overeating before run, it can happen also when you drink too much right before run. Uneven breathing or even dehydration may lead to such unspecific pain in right rib cage area as well.

How To Deal With Pain Under Right Rib Cage

When you experience pain under right rib cage it can be difficult to function normally. Some of the body movements can be tricky and pain can be various depending on situation. Of course depending on what is a reason of your discomfort, there is plenty of way to treat your problem.

Taking Medications

Of course before using any medication to cure pain under right rib cage the best would be to know the cause of that pain. There are varieties of special medications that can treat such pain depending on individual circumstances. Most popular is using proper dose of popular paracetamol that for sometimes can relieve pain. However using of Nonsteroidal

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      1. I have had what may be the same problem and it ended up being a gas pocket. I took some otc antacid/antigas tablets and in a little bit I burped a bit and then the pain went away. I don't know for sure that is what your issue is but, it sounds similar to mine as it would hurt when I would take deep breaths.

    1. I literally just went to the ER for the same pain. It became unbearable. It ended up being H-pylori. They gave me some antibiotics to treat it with, and its already healping!

    2. I have pain under my rib and when I take a deep breath it hurts and the the bottom right rib does feel sore , at night the most comfortable position is to lay on my back.

  1. I get them weekly and it's actually driving me insane and its won't go away😭😭 the Drs here don't know what to do or what is it, I can't take this.

    1. Have the same problem , they told me they don't know what could be the cause. Mine is random and during the day only . When I sleep it feels better . It's not sharp but just discomfort and the pain killers and treatment I got doesn't seem to be effective. I'm considering going to the hospital

  2. i have had pain in my right side for over a week now , have to try and sit certain ways in the office to stop the pain. It seems to come and go. Not sure if i have just pulled something as had a terrible cough for a few weeks.

  3. I've been dealing with Costocondritis for 5 months now. About the time I feel better than BOOM Thep pain is back. Dr's claim there's nothing that can be done but for it to heal. Is it time to change Dr's? I've seen primary, NP and cardiologist for this. Coughing, sneezing and twisting just about put me on the floor. Feed up!

    1. I have it to mine is rear the doctor says mine wt pain it's so scary I be thinking I'm bout to die been had it sense 1996 and they still can't find how to fix it

  4. I have a pain under my right rib so severe it causes me to dbl over in pain and it usually takes 10 min to go away to a tolerable level it makes me sick to my stomach sometimes it hurts so bad….and it burns with a dull ache after the initial severe pain. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what was it?

    1. Yes I have the same pain for almost 2 months first they told me it was a tract infection I go back to the hospital month later and they tell me I'm coming to pated I'm still having this pain and it hurts so bad it feels like a baby is trying to come out of my ribs and now it's going to my left side and all through my back

    2. Shelly S. Hillebrandt, that sounds like gall stones, I have had that problem when my youngest daughter was 2 1/2 months old and I had to have my gall bladder removed! I would suggest you seek medical attention! Hope it's not, prayers going up that you get some answers!

  5. I have had the pain under my ribs for 3 wks. My pcp said he thought it was a pulled muscle. Two days later nausea and loss of appetite. Felt better for a couple days of not eating that much. Bloodwork showed anemia. Going to GI in 2 days. Hopefully they can do something

    1. Hi di they find out what was wrong I'm Curious cuz I've been having the same problem? I get spasms all the way to the top corner right rib almsost by the middle of my chest

  6. I am also having pain in right side, about where my rib cage stops. Sometimes the pain shoots down into my right abdomen. I am very fatigued, have pain in my upper right arm also. It's very frustrating, and a little scary. This evening it's worse, and I also have headache. Has anyone else had these symptoms? I just don't feel well generally, but the pain is getting worse.

    1. I have same symptoms and was just diagnosed with fibromayalgia. Ask your regular Dr. to see a rheumatologist. Good luck because if you do have it, it can be debilitating.

    2. Hey, your symptoms sound very similar to something I am currently experiencing. Have you found out what I'd going on. I started having pain in my right side under lower rib, then my upper arm muscle was very sore to touch. The pain went away for a couple of days, but now it's back and hurts even worse now.

  7. I have pain under the right rib cage and feel the area swollen. Besides, I also have feel tight like my chest stretched when I change sleep position at night. The urine flow also not smooth. I dont have any pain during urinate, but I have to press my abdomen to let all urine out.

  8. I just have a really bad pain under my right rib and it won't go away. It hurts a lot when I breathe in and out.

  9. Already had my galbladder removed, but I was lucky, after an ulatrasound, I was told I have a benign cyst on my liver.

    I also have one on my kidney. No action required, they usually go away, although I'm trying to eat better and exercise more. All my other tests were normal. I was very worried it could have been something more serious. Obviously people should have it checked out to make sure it is not something else.

  10. I've been suffering from pain under my right rib that spreads across to the left for years now. 2005 to be exact. Had Gall bladder removed and still have pain in the same spot. After all these years of dealing with the pain, my GI doctor says it's IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. Prescribed my bentyl. Started on 10 mg now on 20 mg. Helps a lot. Drinking ice water while having the pain helps some too. Certain foods and drinks are triggers to cause pain and so is stress. I was pushing 200 pounds and now I'm down to 154 by reducing food and drink triggers. No spicy, fried,greasy, or sauces. No caffiene, acids, some fruits and vegetables. Hope this helps anyone.

    1. That sounds very like what I have, had it for years now and docs have no idea what it is, seams like after I eat it gets worse , it’s not a sharp pain just feels uncomfortable and sometimes feels like it’s bubbling away.

  11. I've been having this discomfort pain on my right side. It feels like someone punched me and it feels bruised and tender. I am diabetic type 2, I also have High BP, H Cholesterol, and been having some cardiologist issues. Not sure if I should take this serious or it I am just panicking for no reason.
    My gallblader was removed in 2001

  12. It feel like, a bady movin but it not… muscle spasms. What could this. I had a MRI an XRays. They couldn't find anything. I know there is something there.

  13. I have been having sharp pains under my right ribs for about two months and I have went from 147 pds to 123 pds it hurts for about 10 to 20 minutes and than it still feels funny after the sharp pains I get weak at times and feel sick but haven't thrown up at all but I don't feel like eating but I do

  14. gosh, I too have been having same kinds of pain, and it feels like a baby inside kicking my lower right rib cage for nearly a year. I had upper and lower GI, ultra sounds, MRI, and even though my blood and lab results were not really concerning-not each time, I did find I have 3 benign cysts in liver, diagnosis is NAFLD, non-alcholic fatty liver disease. I believe meds caused it, but haven't had my Dr. agree; STATINS combined with metformin, syntheroid, atenolol, STATINS are not good for my liver!

  15. Pain under right ribs for 2 months I'm a breast cancer survivor of 3 years, had soon and ultra sound and they saw nothing

  16. About a week and a half ago my initial symptoms wear that of a normal UTI. Then develop stream flank pain while taking antibiotics. While taking the antibiotics all symptoms of the UTI have dissipated besides the game which has gotten worse in the meantime I have started my period and now have extreme pain in the abdomen area upper and lower. I have tests coming up this week but my doctor doesn't really know what direction to go in has anyone experienced anything like this or know what it might be? At times the pain is unbearable.

  17. My son. Aged 10 years. get severe pain under and at the end of the right rib cage .The pain comes at the interval of 2/3 months . Today his pain has relapsed after 3 months , difficult even to breathe .it was midnight. Senior doctors are not avaible. In hospitals. The junior doctors would push and pull the child the child leading to more traumatic condition. So decided to keep at home till morning with some commonsense remedy. Gave him to seep some lukeworm water , and gave him a calcioum tablet 500 mg to chew. Then my mother i.e. his granny took quick bath and prayed in our Hindu way. The child is slowly coming back to normalcy . But the previous 3 hours he had a grueling time . Planning to take him to a super specialist.

  18. Have this pain at the upper right rib cage since one month ago,i have taken so many pain relief but to no avail, i hardly sleep at night bcs i can't turn around, Please can someone help me out for solution

  19. I have a dull discomfort of right side rib area. Not sore to touch or any other symptoms other than maybe a little more gas. Occasionally rib area tender or sore. A holistic thinking chiropractor has poked and probed area and noticed nothing, saying it may seen from skeletal upper back pain and poor posture. Recent blood work had no related abnormalities. I was hit in chest by a board several week ago, bad enough for chest abrasions and slight bruising diagonally across mymid-chest. Any ideas appreciated. Thinking I a pyschsomatic.

  20. I have this cramping under my lower right rib.
    I haven't able to sleep on my left side for over 1 year.
    Comes on suddenly and now more often.
    Hope it is not my liver.

  21. I have pain under my right rib where when moving a certain way makes it spasm and grabs, hardens and I lose my breath. Can figuer out what it is..

  22. There is a constant pain under my right rib. I tried to look for medical assitance and the doctor just gave ibuprofen. They have checked my liver, gall bladder, kidney, and urine and they did not see any tthing wrong. Sizes of my organs are normal and no abnormal thing was found. The problem is the pain is getting worst. This has been going on for 4 weeks now and everytime i consult a doctor they cant see any thing. No xray was done beacuse I just had one 5 weeks ago for my employment. The pain is constant and its getting worst. From the scale of 1-10 i will rate it as 9, sometimes 10 when trying to change my sitting position.

    I want a cure. Pls help. What kind of doctor should i consult? I only had ultrasound for kidney, gall bladder, and liver, transv and urinalysis.

  23. Hello everyone so I had this same pain you all described under my upper right rib cage, I had it for 3 days then I took an Advil for inflammation and the pain was gone!!! Try it, it really helped my issue and it was gone!!!

  24. I have had shingles for 3 weeks and the gnawing pain started while I was taking gabapentine I stopped them but pain still there

  25. Gallbladder cleanse is what you need. I did one and a bowl full came out. Pain gone! I had energy too. Dr’s don’t tell you to cleanse cause they want you on meds or to remove the gallbladder. There are recipes online to do a cleanse.
    I had pain in my back, sick all the time and feeling sluggish and muscle pain in the arms and pain under right rib. Don’t take Advil and drugs to cover it up. There is a problem.

  26. Not pain but slight soreness and “popping” feeling under right rib cage when i move a certain way. Has been happening for past several weeks.

  27. Hi,
    What kind of medicine I take if I have the little bit pain because of gas in right side down rib. Or should I go to the hospital for check up.
    Please reply if anyone having the answer.

  28. Hi all. I’ve had pain under my top rib cage just under my right boob. Had it for months getting me worried can any give an answer why this is happening please

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