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Weird, popping feeling in rib. What could it be?

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hi i have a weird popping feeling on left rib. my partner felt it and hes pretty sure its part of my rib. it just feels like theres something there all the time and when i bend over it kinda feels likeits moving and rubbing against bottom of my ribcage is this serious
Posted Mon, 10 Jun 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Mukesh Tiwari 8 hours later

Thanks for your query.

I have read details of your question.

Before answering your question please allow me to ask me some question so that I can go in root cause of your problem-

-Since when do you have this problem?

-Do you have associated pain with this feeling?

-Is there difficulty in respiration?

-Is there any history of injury to chest?

-Is it at upper part of chest or at lower part?

Waiting for your reply,

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Follow-up: Weird, popping feeling in rib. What could it be? 1 hour later
its at bottom left rib. i have no trouble with it apart from the popping. it dsnt hurt. ive had for mayb a year or more no previous chest injury that i know of
Answered by Dr. Mukesh Tiwari 10 hours later
Thanks for information.
Looking at your details it looks that this popping feeling is not due to any injury or fracture.
This can be one of following-
-snapping of one of muscle over rib with movement.
-presence of a lung cyst.
-Any parasitic cyst.

Your problem needs to be evaluated by a physician.
You probably need investigations like x XXXXXXX of chest to rule out these problems.

It does not seem like cancer, please relax.

Hope this helps.
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Follow-up: Weird, popping feeling in rib. What could it be? 1 hour later
i have had indegestion today im not sure if it due to the worry. what can cause this??
Answered by Dr. Mukesh Tiwari 1 hour later
If you are having stress then indigestion can be due to this. Indigestion can lead to increase in acid secretion, increase in flatulence, constipation or diarrhea.
Hope this will help you.
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