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Is it ok that where my ribs connect to my sternum they pop sometimes? Like popping knuckles. It hurts most of the time until they pop.

Is it ok that where my ribs connect to my sternum they pop sometimes?  Like popping knuckles. It hurts most of the time until they pop.

Yes,it's probably OK: There are joint between your ribs and your sternum that can pop as they move sometimes, and it is not an indication of harm. It is also possible to get costochondritis, or inflammation of those joints, which usually is painful to touch and with movement. If you are having a lot of pain, try low doses of Ibuprofen over the counter for a few days. As with anything, if it doesn't go away see a dr. ...Read more

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I have pain and popping in my sternum - like muscle pain when I move a certain way but it does not hurt when I press on my sternum. ?

I have pain and popping in my sternum - like muscle pain when I move a certain way but it does not hurt when I press on my sternum. ?

STERNAL AREA PAIN: I SUGGEST YOUR SEE YOUR PCP AND ASK FOR CHEST XRAY AND POSSIBLE RIB SERIES. THIS MIGHT BE A STRUCTURAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHEST WALL. IT IS GOOD THAT PAIN IS NOT A PART OF YOUR COMPLAINT. ...Read more

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I stretched my arms back, coming down off a wall, my chest made a popping sound. my ribs & sternum hurt when I get up from bed or raise my left arm.

Varies : There are a number of potential causes. There are small joints between the ribs and the sternum and it is possible you injured one or more of them. Don't hesitate to be seen if you don't improve. ...Read more

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Sharp, severe upper sternum & popping. Waxes & wanes worse moving breathing leaning forward only hurts to touch when at it's worst not always tender?

Sharp, severe upper sternum & popping. Waxes & wanes worse moving breathing leaning forward only hurts to touch when at it's worst not always tender?

costochondritis: Sounds like you have a case of costochondritis. This can cause severe pain along the sides of the sternum where the ribs attach. It's an inflammatory process and will benefit from anti-inflammatory meds as well as rest. Stop working out for a while and allow your body to heal. ...Read more

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What causes cracking and popping in my sternum when i pull my shoulders back?

What causes cracking and popping in my sternum when i pull my shoulders back?

Cartilage : The sound you feel and hear is the joint between your ribs and your sternum. The ribs are joined to the sternum by cartilage and ligaments, just like the other joints in your body. They are supposed to move, and this makes a popping noise. ...Read more

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What causes a popping sensation on the left side of my chest and sternum?NO PAIN.Almost feels like when you crack your neck. PCP says heart ok.

What causes a popping sensation on the left side of my chest and sternum?NO PAIN.Almost feels like when you crack your neck. PCP says heart ok.

Costal cartilage : The most common cause of the popping sensation you describe is separation of the cartilage on the ends of the ribs from the sternum. There are many reasons this can happen but the important fact is that it has no medical significance. occasionally this condition can be accompanied by pain which is best treated with NSAIDs like Ibuprofen. In the absence of pain there is no need to worry. ...Read more

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When I exhale deeply enough, it feels like bubbles are popping in the upper-middle-right side of my chest. It doesn't hurt, comes and goes?

When I exhale deeply enough, it feels like bubbles are popping in the upper-middle-right side of my chest. It doesn't hurt, comes and goes?

Do you smoke: My first question if you smoke if you do stop immediately you already might have damages in your lung the other reason could be your reflux as you know the medicine take care of the chemical part if reflux not the mechanical unless you sleep with your head up avoid tight cloth and late meal or snack the gastric secretion with less acid in it because of the medicine still go down to your wind pipe ...Read more

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I sretched my arms back, coming down of a wall and my chest made a popping sound. It hurts to get up from bed or raise my left arm. It's been a week .

I sretched my arms back, coming down of a wall and my chest made a popping sound. It hurts to get up from bed or raise my left arm. It's been a week .

Soft tissue injury: My first instinct is to suspect a strained or torn muscle in the left shoulder/chest region. If you are able to raise the arm with pain, then it is likely to get better soon - if unable to raise arm completely, you may need MRI to check for rotator cuff complete tear. It's also possible that you suffered a mild dislocation of the shoulder. If no better in a week, see a doc for help. Good luck! ...Read more

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I stretched my arms back, as I came down off a wall, and my chest made a popping sound. My CHEST hurts when I get up from bed or raise my left arm. ?

I stretched my arms back, as I came down off a wall,  and my chest made a popping sound. My CHEST hurts when I get up from bed or raise my left arm. ?

Examination: It would be impossible to make a diagnosis based on the limited information you can offer in this forum. Where exactly on the chest does it hurt? If it hurts at the junction of the rib and the sternum you might have dislocated the rib, even just temporarily. You need to be examined to get an accurate diagnosis. Consult a clinician. ...Read more

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Feeling tightness in chest and popping sensation cause?

Feeling tightness in chest and popping sensation cause?

Chest tightness: At your young age chest tightness is most likely due to anxiety and tension but more information is needed to exclude rib cage inflammation or strain, pleurisy,esophageal spasm,etc. Your physician can evaluate you and advise you best. ...Read more

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Leaning completely forward on toilet and pushing to release all urine,heard a popping sound in left chest. What causes this? Sounds like 4 quick pops

Leaning completely forward on toilet and pushing to release all urine,heard a popping sound in left chest.  What causes this? Sounds like 4 quick pops

Ligaments: You probably heard popping due to movements of the ligaments at the insertion points of your pectoral muscles. As long as you have no lingering pain or range of motion when you raise your arms above your head, you are fine. If you have pain or limited ROM, see a sports medicine doc for next steps ...Read more

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I have popping sensations in the leftside of chest that causes pain in left side of head. Is this a heart attack?

I have popping sensations in the leftside of chest that causes pain in left side of head. Is this a heart attack?

ECHO and CT: It could be due to a leaky heart valve (aortic valve), aortic aneurysm, or due to migraine. The best way is to get a ct scan of the chest and head. An examination of the heart wiht an echocardiogram will help rule out a valve problem. Of course migraine usually does not get diagnosed with either of the tests. ...Read more

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Urgent! feeling like heart beats are skipping or hearing like a bubble popping noise no sob or chest pain cause?History: tachy hbp

Cardiography should : Depending upon age or risk factors, you should have ekg and thyroid function checked, if any doubt, then 24 hr holter or event recorder can be used, . ...Read more

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Urgent: I have had nausea for the past 2 days and an on and off popping sensation in chest. Cause? Hist: htn-no meds have been taking : pcos

Urgent: I have had nausea for the past 2 days and an on and off popping sensation in chest. Cause? Hist: htn-no meds have been taking : pcos

Have it checked: I am not sure what you mean by popping feeling in chest. That might mean gas. At 17 there are a lot of symptoms you have not experienced yet, such as "heart burn " also known as acid reflux . 2 days of nausea should be checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I get pain all over in arms legs and chest . And kneck doctor says it's my nerves coz overweight . But I worry still . Chest also hurts when moving?

Hi I get pain all over in arms legs and chest . And kneck doctor says it's my nerves coz overweight . But I worry still . Chest also hurts when moving?

Pain: It's time to get another opinion from a different doctor. It would also be wise to see a Psychologist to confirm whether you have a clinical disorder or some emotional issues. ...Read more

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I ate a lot of sugary foods today and I am now experiencing chest tightness and pain. I'm not overweight and I'm fairly sure I'm not diabetic. Causes?

I ate a lot of sugary foods today and I am now experiencing chest tightness and pain. I'm not overweight and I'm fairly sure I'm not diabetic. Causes?

Unrelated: Sugary foods are not the cause of your distress. Like anyone your age , your pain is either related to a gastrointestinal or musculo-skeletal cause. Coronary disease in a 21 year old female is too rare to consider seriously. I see you're taking prednisone. A common side effect is abdominal pain. Is your chest pain kind of down low -like maybe coming from your tummy? ...Read more