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Left Rib Popping When I Cough
Upper left rib popping sensation under pec. Doesn't hurt but bothersom. No bulge but if I press I feel it. Also worsens when weight lifting. Causes?
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
9th rib rt side broken and dislocated intercostal block put in not working. Second block next week rib popping out of place been 4 months what to do?
Should still resolve: How did you sustain the injury? What have you done so far? PT? abdominal exercises? Google the topic and if you don't understand go see a CT (chest) surgeon for opinion. Would wait 6-24 months before considering anything invasive. ...Read more
My left rib under breast has popping sensation whenever I cough or sneeze. What could cause this? No pain, just popping sensation
Would would cause a "popping" feeling under the rib when I cough? It feels like something small "pops" under my right rib when I cough
When I cough there is something popping in my chest, like a bubble. It's always been there but it's worsening as I age. What could it be?
Likely rib issue: Posssible you have a rib that is out of place or the cartilage between your sternum (breast bone) and ribs is irritated. To make sure it is nothing else, easy enough to get a chest X-ray. If no shortness of breath or cough o rather symptoms, likely nothing else going on. ...Read more
Lifted a box at work, heard a popping sound in my chest, have had pain since-hurts to cough, deep breath, etc?
Cough, pain around temple & rt eye rt eye tearing. Constant throat clearing. Both ears popping constant since 7 months CT of chest & sinus clear ideas?
Allergic rhinitis: Cough, runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes are all part of allergic rhinitis. Opening and closing of your ear tubes is also indicative off allergic rhinitis. Which also gives you postnasal discharge that can cause you to clear your throat frequently. You should see an allergy immunology physician. ...Read more
I have been coughing so hard my lowest rib on the left side keeps popping in and out. The pain is un bearable. What should I do?
Exam: It is possible to break a rib from coughing. You can also have several lung problems that can cause similar pain. It would be best to have an exam done, particularly if the pain is severe and/or you are short of breath. ...Read more
Hello, 7months I've had a soft bulge under my lower left rib, some pain when pressing & there is like a popping sensation (like a jar lid) any idea?
Needs to be checked: We can not tell you what it could be without examination. It may be a cyst, a hematoma, a tumor. I suggest you have it checked by your GP, as it is of concern to you ...Read more
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
I constantly have pain in my left side under my rib. When the attack happens it is vry intense with what feels like popcorn popping & heart pounds?
See your doctor: Although constant pain for a very prolonged duration is usually not the heart, you need to be evaluated asap in order to be sure. ...Read more
I have this weird popping sensating when I press my upper left abdomen about 1-2" below the tip of the sternum but right next to the ribs. Any idea?
Hard to say: The only things near there that could "pop" are your ribs. Try tracing out the individual ribs and seeing if one is the culprit. You might be able to see it in the mirror. If it is a rib, see your orthopedist. If not a rib, see your medical doctor. ...Read more
Over the past few months I have a feeling of bubbles popping under my left breast and rib cage. It occurs at all times of the day at least once a week?
It seems like you are feeling palpitations. It could also be some gas in your intestines or lung problems. Without a past medical history and furhter details about your symptoms, it is difficult to make a diagnosis.
Consider a consult with a HealthTap doctor. ...Read more
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
Foam rolled and heard a popping sound, now I have pain/cramp under left rib cage with extreme bloating fluid retention. Tender to the touch?
Probable injury: Sounds like you ether strained your rib muscles or fractured your rib. Both can be very painful and associated with swelling. Treatment is the same. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
For the last 2 weeks during bowel movements that I push hard, I felt a painful popping under my left rib, also hurts there when I sneeze, what could t?
Musculoskeletal pain: This could be from a pulled muscle, cartilage inflammation, tendon strain, bone bruise, etc. Local treatment like ice or heat (whichever feels better) to the area as well as ibuprofen to reduce inflammation is the best initial therapy. If it persists after a few days, or it worsens, see your doctor. A stool softener may help to prevent this and your pharmacist or doctor can recommend one for you!! ...Read more
Can there be a mass built up under your left rib cage/upper abdomen from poop? Or lack of popping?
Yes!: Yes this is very possible. How constipated are you? Consider talking to your doctor about a laxative such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). You can take 17-34 g a day. Ask your doctor before using to take more than that for 2 weeks. Side effects are diarrhea and possible dehydration. ...Read more
Had blow to chest. Popping sensation can be felt near sternum to the left. Also pain. What is it and will it stay for life or will it eventually go?
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
Been having upper back with cracking and popping and pain in the chest on the left side. I woke up this mornin and to my surprise the pain was now on the right side with the same cracking and popping. I have been to the ER numerous times and just sent home
If: If your penis is numb then you need to be seen again, as that is a very abnormal symptom. Please return to the er or your physician and tell them of this symptom. Please establish closely with a regular doctor as it sounds like you have had ongoing symptoms that need a complete evaluation and possibly a specialist. ...Read more
I was sitting with my back hunched forward and I felt a popping on the left side of my chest near my heart, followed by a sharp pain. What happened?
Rib movement: Just a rib that moved. If pain persists, see an inexpensive chiropractor for one visit only. ...Read more
I was sitting with my back hunched forward and I felt a popping in the left side of my chest, near my heart, followed by a sharp pain. What happened?
Nerve: This appears to have been a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle that runs between two ribs. The popping feeling could have been from the ligament that holds the rib joint onto the sternum (breastbone). The sharp pain would be aggravated by a deep breath or cough. This situation should resolve in a few days, but see your md as needed. ...Read more
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
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
I feel a on and off multiple bubbling popping in left chest area no sound form it just feel could this relate to acid reflux/gerd as I do have this?
A bubbling sensation in left chest area could be related to GERD but it's not typical. This type of complaint is highly unlikely to be caused by any serious condition. I think if you reassure yourself and stop paying attention to it it will
just go away. It's natural to be concerned when you experience a new bodily sensation, but in this case you can relax. ...Read more
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
I have gerd/acid reflux yesterday I feel like I have multiple bubble popping in the left chest area no pain could this be hernia or something serious
Not sure.: Your symptoms are nonspecific enough that it is difficult to tell for sure what is going on just from your short description. If you do know you already have Gerd, I would try taking a liquid antacid such as Mylanta when you get these symptoms, just to see if it helps temporarily. If it does, did you know that the problem is likely to be acid related. If they persist, see your G.I. doctor. ...Read more
I have a bubble popping feeling in left area chest it comes and goes really annoying feels like a lil burp could this be related to acid reflux/gerd?
Sounds like gas: Try over the counter anti gas pills to see if they help ...Read more
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