Swelling above left rib cage

Patient

Q: A few months ago I started noticing that the left side of rib cage had some swelling above it. I have favored that spot for a bit but never thought into it enough to pay close attention to it. Just that at times I am uncomfortable and have a little bit of pain in that area.. Until the other night when I was laying on my back and feeling my ribs and noticed quiet a difference in one from the other. It is not very painful, just uncomfortable. I am about 40 pounds over weight and smoke but other than that I am quiet healthy. I had a blood clot after my last child was born in 2002, no reoccurrence, and have an IUD in place for a little over a year to try and regulate my hormones which at the time my testosterone was very high along with my androgen hormones. This was only found out after testing was needed to figure out my sudden and severe panic attack in 2007. Those have mostly went away.

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