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A 32-year-old female asked:

Chest pain left breast area only relieved by pressing on chest and makes a crunching sound like my ribs are cracking. should i go to the er? no insura

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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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No: If you have no shortness of breath and the pain is due to recent injury, then you probably have a rib injury and fracture without complications. Take antiinflammatory drugs like motrin. You need to go to er if you have shortness of breath and more pain.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Few choices: Sometimes air in soft tissue from pneumothorax = crepitance can feel like that -rice crispy sensation other would be rib trauma with ribs crunching over one another x-ray can define.

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