Stomach cavity is the space between your chest and the small pelvis. Diaphragm is a muscle layer which usually has an important role in breathing as it separates the chest cavity from the stomach cavity. Inside the stomach cavity there are many organs positioned, which is why pain under ribs is fairly common.
Pain experienced in this region is also the most common and important sign of tissue and organ damage or disease. All tissues and organs aren’t equally as sensitive towards pain, some being very sensitive while others being completely numb. This is one of the reasons why it is possible to experience a whole variety of intensity for pain in this region. The intensity of the pain doesn’t necessarily need to be comparable to the intensity and seriousness of the condition itself, so even stronger damage done to the liver or kidneys might cause only a minor feeling of discomfort, while a barely visible gallbladder stone can cause unbearable pain.
Pain under the ribs may be of numb and long term nature as well. It can also present itself as a cramp, when it slowly increases its intensity only to succumb after a while, completely disappear and return. Such cramp-like pains usually affect the hollow organs – intestines, stomach, gallbladder and urinary leads. Pain under the ribs can happen exactly on the spot where there is a diseased organ. Patients will show the spot of most intensive pain and doctor will be able to determine a proper diagnosis by a physical examination. However, there are radiating pain sessions as well, where the pain is not felt on the spot of the diseased organ, yet it spreads and feels on remote locations. For an example, pain from the gallbladder can be felt as a pain under the wing bone or in the right shoulder.
Pain experienced throughout the entire stomach is quite devastating and the patient usually can’t pinpoint one exact spot. This is not as common of a problem as feeling pain in specific spots. A lot of people will complain about a sensation of fullness and pressure inside the stomach, right below the ribs. This problem usually occurs soon after a large meal. Contrary to the abdominal angina, the pains experienced aren’t strong and remind one more of bloat. Causes of these disturbances are varying. Most commonly, this is caused by an accumulation of gases inside the intestines or a regular heartburn, which is an indication of an eating disorder. Excessive air swallowing is common with people who smoke and chew a lot of gum. A part of this air is expelled by burping or it can find its way into the intestine, where you will also hear sounds of it going through the system.
Another common cause of pain in the upper part of the stomach is an inflammation of the diaphragm, which is an organ containing multiple passages through which there are gateways for esophagus and blood vessels. Links which are holding all of this together may loosen up a lot, which will cause pain and issues on the top part of the diaphragm.