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When I cough something under my ribs in my right side pops out of place what could make this happen?

When I cough something under my ribs in my right side pops out of place what could make this happen?

Rib cartilage: Sounds as though you are popping some rib cartilage. The ribs are joined to the sternum by cartilage. With coughing and moving the abdominal wall against the upper body, something has to give and it is the cartilage. Kinda like cracking the knucles. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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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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My left rib under breast has popping sensation whenever I cough or sneeze. What could cause this? No pain, just popping sensation

My left rib under breast has popping sensation whenever I cough or sneeze. What could cause this? No pain, just popping sensation

Sounds like: Your costal cartilage is rubbing against the adjacent one. If it not painful or associated with a mass, it is probably nothing. If it persists, show it to your doctor just to make sure. ...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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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?

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

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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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Broke my 10 rib right side 10 weeks ago, when I move or cough, sneeze & things rib pops out of place only had xray. Sore &painful. What to do?

Ibuprofen: There is unfortunately not much one can do for a broken rib. They can be very painful and can take quite a bit of time to heal. I would suggest wearing an abdominal binder that extends up to the rib area, if you can tolerate it. This would serve to prevent the rib cage from over expanding, hopefully preventing repeated dislocation. This may inhibit your ability to take deep breaths, so you must be ...Read more

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I fell from 2m height 2 days ago got xrays done evey thing seemed ok. This morming I felt something pop in the back of my ribcage and now its painfull to cough, sneaze or even take deep breaths. The pain is in the back of rib cage at bottom side.

I fell from 2m height 2 days ago got xrays done evey thing seemed ok. This morming I felt something pop in the back of my ribcage and now its painfull to cough, sneaze or even take deep breaths. The pain is in the back of rib cage at bottom side.

R/O STRESS FRACTURE: You need to rule out a stress fracture of the ribs. Get CXR AND RIB X-RAY. If negative a bone scan is indicated. It takes awhile to heal and you may need pain medication and close follow up. If healing is delayed you can have PRP = PLATELET RICH PLASMA TO EXPEDITE HEALING. ...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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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 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! ]
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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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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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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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What could cause pain in right side of rib cage when I cough?

What could cause pain in right side of rib cage when I cough?

Ur cough may B due-: -2 pneumonia & pleurisy may B a czuse. Strain of the intercostal muscles can also B a cause. If Ur cough is productive & has gone on 4 a while, best 2 C Ur PCP 4 eval. ...Read more

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I have pain undernearth my right rib cage, most the times I feel it when I am cough or when I lay down especial on my right side what could be the cau?

Right rib cage pain: Could be gallbladder, check sonongram or liver. Has been seen with lung pathology like pneumonia or may be inflammation of pleura the membrane covering organs (lung, heart), rarely lesion or autoimmune. Check liver function tests, sonogram, CXR. F/u w/doc /urgent care. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right side ribs when I breathe in or cough when I touch its sore as well. What could it be?

I have pain in my right side ribs when I breathe in or cough when I touch its sore as well. What could it be?

Several causes: More history and an exam would be helpful, so I encourage you to see your doctor. In the mean time, consider stopping your paracetamol, and certainly do not drink alcohol with it. The chest pain and cough are likely related to your right sided pain when you breathe and cough. May mean an infection related to your right lung/diaphragm/intercostal muscles. Again, easier face to face. ...Read more

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When I cough I have a pain on the left side at the lower end of the ribs?

When I cough I have a pain on the left side at the lower end of the ribs?

Muscle strain: Probably muscvle strain or costochondritis (inlammed catiladge). Could also be pneumonia with pleurisy. Would firdt recommend traeting cough but see physician for latter. ...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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Whenever I cough or breathe hard, the left side of my ribs hurt. What could be wrong?

Whenever I cough or breathe hard, the left side of my ribs hurt. What could be wrong?

Musculoskeletal....: The discomfort you describe is likely musculoskeletal pain. The chest wall has bones, muscles, cartilage all of which is subject to muscle strain/sprain, cartilage inflammation and even rib bruise or fracture from excessive coughing. Once the cough is controlled, the musculoskeletal disorder (s) will also be controlled. So, see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment of the cough. ...Read more

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I took a severe pain on my right side ribs took my breath away. When I do ironing or bend down I'm in agony had a cough prior to it what could this be?

I took a severe pain on my right side ribs took my breath away. When I do ironing or bend down I'm in agony had a cough prior to it what could this be?

Multiple problems: Pulled intercostal muscle, acute costochondritis, lung infection, pleurisy, pulmonary embolism or pneumonia for starters: never ignore these symptoms- get seen at ER or UC clinic today. Have someone transport you or call 911. ...Read more

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Why is my ribs on the right side and my shoulder blade is also hurting when I cough what could the be. Could that be my liver.

Why is my ribs on the right side and my shoulder blade is also hurting when I cough what could the be. Could that be my liver.

Usually no problem: However, make sure your right lung is not collapsed. Check with your doc and ask about the need for a cxr. Liver problem would be very unusual. ...Read more

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I feel pressure on my chest and my left side rib is paining and I do feel pain on throat. I feel something grabbiing in my throat. I don't have cough.

Needs evaluation: 1. Could be rib, soft tissue injury, bronchitis
2. Could be a collapsed lung
3. Could be a blood clot

ultimately you need evaluation and if your pain is that bad you need to go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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I have pain on my left side under my ribs, what can the cause be? I feel it more when I cough or try to sit up from a laying position

Pain left side of: The chest, it could be muscular and it could be more serious, it is better if u see your PCP for evaluation and work up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?

Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?

Mgt: If the pain only occurs with a cough, most likely the pain is caused by muscular-skeletal pain. I would suggest a heating pad and Motrin. If it continues, or is associated with respiratory difficulty, a follow up appt is indicated. ...Read more

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Costochondritis - why do I keep injuring the same spot? Is there some untreated or poorly healed injury. Bottom rib left side. Hurts to twist or cough

Costochondritis - why do I keep injuring the same spot? Is there some untreated or poorly healed injury. Bottom rib left side. Hurts to twist or cough

Probably you are ---: Re-injuring it again ; again. It happens all the time, but normally your brain doesn't register it, but when there is a tender spot, even a slightest touch to it, even unintentionally, will make it hurt.
Just be extra careful.
Pain meds, hot pad, support tape, muscle relaxers ; gentle exercises to strengthen the muscles, us, stretching exercises, will all be helpful.
See pcp, if no better. ...Read more

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I've been coughing for the last 2 weeks and experiencing a constant sharp pain in my right side (ribs) getting worse when I cough. What is the likely cause?

I've been coughing for the last 2 weeks and experiencing a constant sharp pain in my right side (ribs) getting worse when I cough. What is the likely cause?

Cough: Cough can be caused by viral infection, bacterial infection, allergy, asthma or medications. Coughing violently can cause rib sprain. Can try analgesics and if not better see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it whenever I cough or breath hard, the left side of my ribs hurt. Why?

Why is it whenever I cough or breath hard, the left side of my ribs hurt. Why?

Chest pain: Pain with breathing is pleurisy. Many different causes and sometimes no clear reason why it is occurring. Forceful coughing can lead to pleuritic pain which can be unilateral or bilateral. Infections and musculoskeletal injuries can cause and mimic (respectively) pleuritic pain. ...Read more