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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?

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?

Vitiligo: Vitiligo -white patches of pigment loss from the skin-occurs with too much tanning. She should stop, stay out of the Sun as much as possible, use SPF 30 or higher Sun screen, and see a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Chest makes a popping noise when I stretch my back and chest pains at age 16. How would I treat this?

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

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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?

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?

Pneumothorax: 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

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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

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

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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

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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?

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?

Not likely: More likely one is rocking on the part of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosity or sits bone. But if there is pain, tingling or any kind of alarming sensation, one should get it looked at. ...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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Can facet ligamentoushhypertrophy mid an lower spine in 15yo cause severe Chest pain. Quick onset, popping sound, difficulty breathing?

Can facet ligamentoushhypertrophy mid an lower spine in 15yo cause severe Chest pain. Quick onset, popping sound, difficulty breathing?

Nope: Facet problems should only cause back pain. If you are having chest pain and difficulty breathing, you should proceed to the closest emergency department for evaluation. Don't delay! Feel better soon! ...Read more

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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

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

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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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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?

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?

It's normal: Sound from stretching your muscles and ligaments. The chest burning could be from acid reflux. I'd still recommend u see your dr to be sure your heart is ok. Take care! ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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18 female, chest popping occasionally, lightheaded, feels like lungs won't expand, trouble breathing, chest pain, back pain. Happens once a week.?

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

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L shoulder&blade pain, slight tingly feeling down arm, popping/grinding feeling when moving shoulder. Sore upper back when moving chin to chest.?

Pinched nerve: What you are describing is a pic he'd nerve in your neck. Best to see your doctor and may need a referral to a spine doctor, neurologist or pain doctor ...Read more

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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.?

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

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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

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I've been having chest pains where it feels likes spikes, clenching and a popping sensation. What is this?

I've been having chest pains where it feels likes spikes, clenching and a popping sensation. What is this?

Inflammation: The popping sensation originates from the joints between the breast-bone and ribs. Try an anti inflammatory medication such as aleve (naproxen) for a week. See a doctor if it continues. ...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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Popping sound in chest with a sharp pain?

When does it occur?: This can be a simple muscle/tendon/cartilage situation, or it could be a dislocating clavicle or shoulder, depending on the location of the snap, and the presence or absence of lingering pain, decreased strenghth, or disfigurement. A doctor's exam is indicated. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about the popping in my chest when I sleep?

Should I be concerned about the popping in my chest when I sleep?

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

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When I take a deep breath my chest starts making popping noises why is that?

When I take a deep breath my chest starts making popping noises why is that?

Quite unusual: 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

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Bubble popping feeling in my chest area no pain, or discomfort but very annoying what could it be?

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

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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?

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

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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?

Mgt/workup: It may be related to soft tissue injury, but other conditions to consider include a rib fracture. If you have any trouble breathing, please see the ED immediately. ...Read more