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Pop Thoracic Back
My sister inlaw indoor tans a lot and she's starting to notice white patches popping up on her back and chest. What is this? Is it a concern?
Chest makes a popping noise when I stretch my back and chest pains at age 16. How would I treat this?
Are you 16 or 41?: Your profile says you're 41, so I'm assuming the question pertains to a son or daughter? The popping requires no treatment. It's just a tendon moving over a bony prominence with stretching. Chest pain in a 16 year old is generally not serious but has a long list of possible causes - you should address with your pediatrician. ...Read more
I've been experiencing weird deep popping noises in my chest, almost like when u pop ur back or your fingers. I don't do this on purpose. Y is this?
There is a condition called noisy pneumothorax that can cause this. It is a small pneumothorax on the left. Loud
popping sounds can occur with certain body positions. It should resolve but you need a chest x-ray. ...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
When I sit on butt with knees pulled to chest and rock I can feel a popping in butt like a muscle? Maybe my sciatic nerve popping back and forth?
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 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
Can facet ligamentoushhypertrophy mid an lower spine in 15yo cause severe Chest pain. Quick onset, popping sound, difficulty breathing?
I need to know how to fix my back pain sharp pain in upper right shoulderblade, and in upper right chest. Cant breathe deeply with out my back popping or it starts hurting
Back: Back problems are not usually aggravated by breathing. They are not usually limited to shoulder blade and chest. I recommend being checked out by your primary care doctor. Good luck! ...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
2 years popping sound when moving right shoulder blade and pain which I also have in the right upper chest and arm and some burning feeling in chest?
I keep getting shortness of breath, feel faint, light headed and sharp chest pain with popping feeling (especially when leaning forward or back)?
Important symptoms: The symptoms you describe could be a pneumothorax. That is probably the worst thing it could be. It is worth it to get checked out. You should see a doctor about these symptoms soon, in the next day or so max. If your out of breath gets worse and worse, you should be seen right away. ...Read more
40yr old b/p 117/74 upper and mid back pain chest pain chest popping I've tried popping my back for 3 days it's popped a little is it heart attack?
Symptoms: What you describe does not sound cardiac related. Your doctor can do your history and physical to try and explain your symptoms. ...Read more
18 female, chest popping occasionally, lightheaded, feels like lungs won't expand, trouble breathing, chest pain, back pain. Happens once a week.?
Internist or an ER: You need lungs evaluated. In an ER your Oxygen saturation and vital signs can be eval. On Physical exam should be able to detect how well lungs fill with air. You will also get an XRAY of your chest. An ER is expensive. Internist (or Urgent care) will also have a saturation meter and should be able to detect how well lungs fill. If chest XRAY needed they can send you for one. Do this right away. ...Read more
L shoulder&blade pain, slight tingly feeling down arm, popping/grinding feeling when moving shoulder. Sore upper back when moving chin to chest.?
We assume my partner has cracked a rib as he feels a popping when he breathes in and out and has chest pain after some heavy lifting and a violent sneeze, his back is also aching is this normal? Shall we get an X-ray done? Or see our gp?
Both: I would recommend both, that you have a chest radiograph and that you see your physician. ...Read more
I have a itchy feeling in my throat/chest. Thoat feels swollen on outside. Popping in center of chest. Ears feels full of fluid. Headaches back head.?
Close computer: And proceed to your local ER or UC clinic for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment: you must be examined asap. ...Read more
Upper left abd pain under chest through back sometimes lower abd. Gassy after eating. Loose stool. Feel like bubbles popping. Stressed. Ibs runs in fam?
Check gallbladder: I know pain you described is on the left, but some people would feel their GB pain there. If you still have it, have doctor check on it. ...Read more
6 mons since dislocated and factured rib still have pain and popping out of place. Ortho now talking about seeing thoracic surgeon. What to do?
See thoracic surgeon: May need partial rib resection or ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) ...Read more
Yes: Could be a dislocated or subluxed rib. ...Read more
I've been having chest pains where it feels likes spikes, clenching and a popping sensation. What is this?
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
What do you mean: Why wpold you be concerned and worried at the age of 36 about the poppoing in your chest while sleeping. Why will you thik that. There is no reason if you are in otherwise good health. ...Read more
Unless perhaps you have congestion with phlegm or mucous in your breathing tubes. If you have any shortness of breath or pain you should be seen and have an x-ray.
If someone else can hear the noise and recognizes it as just congestion, not to worry. Drink plenty of fluids to be able to loosen and cough it up. Good luck! ...Read more
Bubble popping feeling in my chest area no pain, or discomfort but very annoying what could it be?
Reflux?: The "bubble popping" sensation in the chest is likely to be gastric reflux - when the sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus fails to close properly, and the contents of the stomach gush upwards through the open sphincter. Gas and liquid from the stomach can cause the sensation of bubbles popping. A special x-ray or even an ultrasound can often confirm this as the problem. ...Read more
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