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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

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

Cartilage/ligament: It's usually the border of the cartilage and bone. They run together and can cause a popping sensation. It can happen also between the rib spaces if fluid gets trapped in the ligaments between the ribs. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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When I lay on my side a certain way my rib cage overlaps, you can actually hear this happening with a popping noise. Is this normal?

When I lay on my side a certain way my rib cage overlaps, you can actually hear this happening with a popping noise. Is this normal?

It can be: If you have inflamation of the cartilage that connects the sternum or breastbone to the ribs. Or you might have a fracture, but usually these things are very painful. You are still growing, so that might be your explanation. If you are having pain, or it's sufficiently bothersome, seeing your family doctor would be the best way to find out what the problem is and how to deal with it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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?

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

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Please I need an answer, does liver popping noises when touching or pushing under rib? There is no pain at all but something moveable under right rib

Please I need an answer, does liver popping noises when touching or pushing under rib? There is no pain at all but something moveable under right rib

? floating rib: The lower ribs can be "floating" in not being attached to the sternum (breast bone) like the upper and middle ribs and can be made to "pop" if pushed just the right way. Another cause could be a traumatic separation of a rib that is normally attached to the lower sternum by cartilage and moved back and forth. This could have happened long ago and the fall forgotten. If it bothers, see your doc! ...Read more

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Cracking/popping of my sternum/ribs ever since it popped/cracked a week ago. Should I be worried?

Cracking/popping of my sternum/ribs ever since it popped/cracked a week ago. Should I be worried?

Rib pain: Need to know what happen to your sternum; what evaluation was done (exam, x rays etc); what medication were given etc.; what is your medical history. Ribs fractures are notorious for having lots of pain (maily sharp) which is frustrating. Fracture could take 6 weeks to heal. However, the best way to help is to see your doctor and make sure recovery is going well and nothing new develops. ...Read more

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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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When I breath in deep I feel and hear a bubble or pop sound on the bottom right side of my ribs. Only other symptom I have is having to clear my throat of thick mucus. What could the bubbling, popping, wheezing noise on the bottom of my rib?

When I breath in deep I feel and hear a bubble or pop sound on the bottom right side of my ribs. Only other symptom I have is having to clear my throat of thick mucus. What could the bubbling, popping, wheezing noise on the bottom of my rib?

Wheeze: This unusual location for a wheeze may also be caused by some mucus in the right bronchial tree and could be a form of asthmatic bronchitis. I would expect an associated cough if this were the case. Do you cough up any mucus? Do you wheeze if you take in a deep breath and blow it out forcefully through your mouth? If symptoms persist, see your physician for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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If my rib cartilidge keeps popping out on a regular basis what would be the best treatment?

If my rib cartilidge keeps popping out on a regular basis what would be the best treatment?

Several things: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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My boyfriend hugged me to tight and my ribs have been hurting and popping for over a year, do I get it checked?

My boyfriend hugged me to tight and my ribs have been hurting and popping for over a year, do I get it checked?

YES.: One year of pain following an injury, even one caused by an overly strong hug, justifies medical evaluation. I know that getting an appointment can often take a while, so, the sooner you make the call, the better. BTW, I hope your BF wasn't trying to hurt you. ...Read more

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Popping sensation in ribs/sternum. Associated minor pain. Caused by injury from large impact. Will this go away eventually?

Popping sensation in ribs/sternum. Associated minor pain. Caused by injury from large impact. Will this go away eventually?

Ans: If you had an injury and now symptoms you really should see your doctor to be sure no fractures ...Read more

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I heard and felt a popping in my ribs. Hurts to touch and push on the side. Hurts like heck to move or take a deep breath. What should I do?

Medication, see doc: Yo could try over the counter pain medication, heating pad (or ice pack). If you feel like you are not getting enough air, go to er or your doctor right away. If the symptoms do not improve or are intolerable, see your doctor or go to urgent care or er. ...Read more

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Have I popping sensation when I push on just below my right side of sternum and ribs meet. Underneath I have pain sometime when push/pulling?

Have I popping sensation when I push on just below my right side of sternum and ribs meet. Underneath I have pain sometime when push/pulling?

There is: CARTILAGE there. ..a part of the JOINT that exists between your sternum and the front part of your ribs!! This is the same as "cracking" your KNUCKES! STOP IT! You can irritate these joints and THAT causes a condition known as COSTOCHONDRITIS and THAT HURTS when you push/pull!!!!

Hope this helps! ]
DR Z ...Read more

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What is causing a spasm below my rib cage.? Feels like something is popping out. Usually happens about 30 minutes after I eat or use the bathroom.

What is causing a spasm below my rib cage.? Feels like something is popping out. Usually happens about 30 minutes after I eat or use the bathroom.

IBS: This sounds like irritable bowel with major flatulence. But it can also be diverticulosis or a herniation. Typically a computerized tomography is needed to exclude a torsion or adhesion that may cause a blockage or ileus, but an ischemic colon cannot be totally ruled out. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Muscle behind ribs popping when coughing?

Muscle behind ribs popping when coughing?

No worries: Simply some inflammation (costochondritis) that will resolve with time. You can help it along the way with a little anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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I'm awaiting on an endoscopy for pain under my ribs near liver and I'm getting a popping feeling, what could this result as?

What endoscopy: What kind of endoscopy you are getting for chest popping rib pain, most likely you have a rib problem inflamed or broken it could be costochondritis OR TITZ SYNDROME treated by ibuprofen possible rib block. I do not know how endoscopy is going to help you. GOOD LUCK ...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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Sharp pains on right of abdomen followed by a popping sensation once near my ribs then more to the middle right of abdomen doctors think I might have?

Abd pain: Abdominal pain with popping shifting sensation is not a specific combo for any certain disease. It sounds to be most likely an intestinal spasm (cramp). The popping sound near the ribs shifting to the right is most likely gas bubbles. Watch your symptoms. If improving - no worries. Try heat application (make sure not to burn your skin). A warm bath may work just as well. ...Read more

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Every time I turn my upper body, I get pain and pressure under ribs (back side) Feels like something is popping out under ribs on back. Kidneys?

Every time I turn my upper body, I get pain and pressure under ribs (back side) Feels like something is popping out under ribs on back. Kidneys?

Not likely: Kidneys don't jump around like that. It is not too hard to dislodge ribs, though, and this sounds like what has happened. Usually not dangerous. Avoid the movement that is causing it to happen and if you can apply some heat to speed the healing process. ...Read more

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My chiropractor told me I have a dislocated rib. He keeps adjusting it in place but it keeps popping back out. I'm icing it. What should I do next?

My chiropractor told me I have a dislocated rib. He keeps adjusting it in place but it keeps popping back out. I'm icing it. What should I do next?

Get second opinion: I would see an Orthopedist (Medical Doctor) for a second opinion. Do not recognize "dislocated" when it comes to ribs...Get someone else to look at it

Hope this helps

Dr Z
PS It does NOT sound "serious"... ...Read more