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Is it possible to get a muscle cramp right below the rib cage and would it feel like a rock?

Asked by Pandora (29756points) June 11th, 2010

I’ve been sitting here typing and all of a sudden I feel uncomfortable under the right side of my rib cage. I stood up and it feels really hard on that side. It doesn’t feel like a muscle cramp but rather like a large rock is sitting there. The other side is soft an not painful. It hurts to press it. I know many will say to go to the doctor but its too late right now and for all I know it may be gas. But this isn’t a sharp pain nor does it feel like bloating and if it is a muscle cramp, I certainly didn’t do anything to make it happen.
Is there a way to tell if its a muscle cramp?

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YARNLADY's avatar

Lie down and relax for a few minutes. If it goes away, it was either gas or a muscle cramp.

gemiwing's avatar

I have a test I use for ‘Is It Gas’. You can play along at home. I lie on my stomach for fifteen minutes- not on a bed, but on a truly flat surface. Then I stand and slowly do the side angle yoga pose. Hold it for thirty seconds, then slowly release- raise hands above head then do the other side.

If it hasn’t moved or hurts to much to bend- then it’s probably not gas. If you toot- you win. Well, ‘win’ might be a bit strong.

Pandora's avatar

@gemiwing. LOL at least it made me laugh. So far I’ve tried @YARNLADY little experiment. The pain or the hard knot is not present when laying down. But as soon as I sat up it was back again. Feels like a fist size knot when sitting.I think when I sit it kind of compresses the spot so I feel it more but I also feel it when standing. Now when laying down it feels like whatever it is gets to stretch and so I don’t feel the knot. The only reason it concerns me is because it is where my liver would be.
Can you catch a cramp in your liver ? I would think if its some sort of ailment that is affecting my liver than I would feel other symptoms.

cazzie's avatar

Your gall bladder is right there. I’d have it checked out before you wake up in the middle of the night in horrible pain. In my case… I was cleaning a lady’s house and just buckled over, but being the over achiever I am,,, I passed the sucker. The scan at the emergency room confirmed it, and that I had more stones in the bladder, just waiting. The next time it happened, I knew what it was and didn’t bother with the hospital and that one passed too, but it hurts worse than giving birth, I can tell you that!

JLeslie's avatar

I think it is something with your digestive system probably? Could be some mild gall bladder thing as @cazzie says, that is the right area, but if you were having a real gall bladder problem that needs serious attention the pain would be unbelievable as she said, so I don’t think it is any type of medical emergency. If it happens again start paying attention to if it happens after a high fat meal, or if maybe you are constipated, or how long after a meal it happens. If the food you recently ate is more or less in that part of your system irritating that organ.

I also think it could be a muscle cramp. Of course I cannot know exactly what you are experiencing. I get muscle cramps across my chest and it actually makes my chest feel heavy. I used to get muscle cramping near my heart when I was young. I always wondered if something was wrong with my heart, and my doctor said it is just a muscle near that area, not the heart muscle.

Pandora's avatar

Well when I went to bed the knot was still there but when I woke in the morning it was gone. I’ve been feeling fine all day so it could’ve been a cramp or gas or my gall bladder. Yeah, I don’t think it was gall stones. I’ve known people to get it and it does seem to be extremely painful. But who know, maybe I’m just starting. Always a possibliltiy. But I plan to keep an eye out for any future similar pain so I can let my doc know at my next physical.

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