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Doctor insights on: Crunching And Crackling Sounds In Ribs

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Crack/crunch sound in neck followed by sharp pain in neck shoulder chest on right side, dull pain in arm and arm pit. Tweaked nerve?

Crack/crunch sound in neck followed by sharp pain in neck shoulder chest on right side, dull pain in arm and arm pit. Tweaked nerve?

More likely muscle: Typically the sound is muscle sliding over a joint. It can pinch a nerve but more often catches tendon part. Can cause inflammation and over the counter anti-inflammatory can help (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc) can help. If doesn't improve or have numbness or cold arm/hand seek medical attention. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have pain under the left rib cage when pressed. What does this sound like?

I have pain under the left rib cage when pressed. What does this sound like?

See your GP.: This could be bruised skin, muscles or cartilage of the ribs, broken/bruised rib (s) themselves, or some abdominal organ, like splenic problem.
See your doctor to get it diagnosed and treated properly. ...Read more

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Hollow sound on left side of back ribs. Could this require urgent attention?

Probably not...: Hollow sound at that location alone may be normal since beneath there is the lower part of left lungs. Besides, there, breathing sound in and out may be heard. So, it is normal as long as you're free of pain or breathing trouble. Best wish... ...Read more

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When I push the edge og my left rib it makes a cilicking sound. It does not really hurt. So what is it that I am pressing on and why does it move?

Like: You are feeling incostal muscle between ribs. If no pain woulnd't worry much about it. If becomes painful see your doctor. ...Read more

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Since having my son, I can push one of my bottom ribs in a tiny bit and then it pops out. It sounds like a popping noise. No pain. What is this?

Since having my son, I can push one of my bottom ribs in a tiny bit and then it pops out. It sounds like a popping noise. No pain. What is this?

Floating rib: You are possibly pushing on your bottom rib, a so-called floating rib. Because it is not directly anchored to the breastbone it sometimes can be more mobile than your other ribs. ...Read more

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A little below left rib there is gurgling grumbling feeling & sometimes sound. It moves down sometimes as well. Has been going on for weeks. Is it gas?

A little below left rib there is gurgling grumbling feeling & sometimes sound. It moves down sometimes as well. Has been going on for weeks. Is it gas?

Possibly...: Left re under rib anatomically corresponds with " splenic flexure of the colon" or " loop of gut " where gas gets easily entrapped before it moves down to " sigmoid" and rectum. It is very common area of complaints as cramping, bloating, noises. Young person as you unlikely have diverticula. Much of gurgling depend on diet. Avoid processed food, consume fresh produce, Yogurt, kefir, water. Exercise ...Read more

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I have constant gurgling under my left rib cage. It sounds like fluid or water. I don't have any pain or discomfort?

I have constant gurgling under my left rib cage. It sounds like fluid or water. I don't have any pain or discomfort?

Mgt/workup: I would suggest a visit with your PCP. They may rule out a number of pulmonary conditions. Sometimes a chest radiograph is needed. ...Read more

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What can cause constant stitch feeling in left side and bubbling sounds/feelings down the left side (rib to hip, on side)? So annoying!

What can cause constant stitch feeling in left side and bubbling sounds/feelings down the left side (rib to hip, on side)? So annoying!

Stitch bubbling: Could be reflux/gastritis, movement through small bowel especially if food intolerances or gas in the colonic flexure. May wish to keep food diary and see what happens after different food, milk gluten etc. May also consider ranitidine or prevecid for reflux, simethicone for gas f/u with doctor /urgent care ...Read more

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I feel an air bubble or something under my left rib cage. When I push down on it it makes a "popping" sound. What could this be? I have no pain

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Got hit by my liver/rib area by accident a few hours ago and it hurts a little, im experiencing slight pain by navel\center abdomen, sound serious?

Got hit by my liver/rib area by accident a few hours ago and it hurts a little, im experiencing slight pain by navel\center abdomen, sound serious?

If "slight" no!: If your pain or loacal tenderness is "slight" not to worry. If the area is very sensitive or hurts when you breathe better get it check out. A fractures rib in that area can hurt the liver!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more