Post # 1
I’m going to start off saying, I know the answer to this is going to be: see a doctor… The question really is, now or later.
A few months ago, I felt a sort of lump under my left ribcage that I described as an “air bubble.” It was totally painless, and I could just feel it when I pushed on it. It would push in, and pop back out when I released pressure. Again, no pain, just weird.
I figured it would go away, but it hasn’t. It’s actually started to get a tiny bit painful. And I mean, tiny. Like, a quick pain that goes away a second later. It hasn’t grown, or moved, or done anything different than being a weird air bubble-like-thing sitting right below my left ribcage.
I have a physical scheduled next week, and part of me just wants to wait to address it there, and part of me thinks that I should go get it checked out now. My doctor books up so far in advance my only other choice would be urgent care or the ER. I have good insurance, so that’s not the issue. I just don’t want to waste time sitting in a waiting room and wasting sick time if it turns out to be nothing. What would you do?
ETA: This is anonymous since it’s a medical thing that I’m not really okay with being entirely public with! I hope you understand!
Post # 3
I think you are fine to wait until next week. The ER is for true emergenices-bleeding, not breathing, etc. The other thing I would try is calling your doctor’s office and tell them the problem, most offices have same day appointments or short visits that patients can schedule much quicker than a physical appointment (those are longer appointments).
Post # 4
I wouldn’t go into the ER, but if you are that concerned go to a walk-in. I also agree that you should call your doctor, even if he/she can’t get you in earlier that can at least offer advice if you need to be seen ASAP or if it can wait.
Post # 5
A lot of urgent care places let you make an “appointment”, i.e, you get put on the list beore you go in. Cuts down on the wait time. That’s what I’d do. Honestly, as a former scuba diver, the words air bubbles and rib cage kinda freak me out a bit.
Post # 6
i would probably wait until next week if it were me. also, could iti be getting sore b/c you keep pressing on it?
Post # 7
@li612: No, it was hurting When i woke up this morning. Its just weird. I’ll give my doctor a heads up and then have it checked next week. Thanks for the help!
Post # 8
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I definitely wouldn’t go to an ER, but a trip to urgent care, or at least a call to the nurse advice line probably isn’t a bad idea. The problem with keeping your appointment is that’s for a physical– depending on your dr’s office, they may not have time to examine it, and they may end up telling you to make an appointment and come back, thus further delaying a diagnosis/treatment.
Post # 9
I”m sure waiting until next week is fine. UNLESS in the next few days it starts really hurting bad quickly or grows quickly then I’d go in asap. Otherwise it probably won’t make much of a difference to wait.