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Pain around the left side with a feeling of popping in the stomach - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hello are you a primary care type physician
Doctor :   how can I help you?
Doctor :   yes I am
User :   okay
User :   i started this convesation yesterda during my 5 minute chat about getting punched in the left side did I talk to you
Doctor :   yes you did talk to me
Doctor :   I remember where we left
Doctor :   any progress?
User :   okay so today I am still in pain but a little bit better but still pretty painful. One thing that I am not sure why is when I breath in sometimes or just put my fingers in the left side of my stomach I feel like a popping that happens like sometimes I take a breath and it doesnt hurt but I feel in the left abdomen after like an air bubble pop somewhat
Doctor :   ok
User :   it doesnt hurt to breathe in or out but I feel this popping every few times
Doctor :   you need to explain what you mean by the word popping mean?
User :   the pain started more towards by back but is somewhat now towards my mid back very close to my actual side to the front now about half way across the front left abdomen. It only hurts when I move or if I sneeze or cough from feeling the strain of it
User :   its like a click almost but not a bone click
Doctor :   ok
User :   im not sure if its just the muscles healing and that is like just popping. Its like a click or a pop but doesnt feel like a bone click or anything just like a muscle pop or something
Doctor :   all you need is time
Doctor :   for it to heal
Doctor :   going by your description
Doctor :   I get the feeling that there is no fracture
Doctor :   since there is no pain while breathing
Doctor :   but you say you have pain while stretching and sneezing
Doctor :   I am sure that is quite a bit of distress
Doctor :   my suggestion to you is get an x ray of the chest done
Doctor :   and rule out any rib fracture
User :   yes I agree I am pretty sure there is no break, but what worries me could there be any organ damage to the kidney area or anything to the mid left, and my wife was worrying about any internal bleeding but I told her if there was internal bleeding I would probably urinate blood or something
Doctor :   then you will have a whole lot of home remedies
Doctor :   no no
Doctor :   you cannot urinate blood in injuries to the chest
User :   its not near the chest though its mostly towards the left flank area and left side right above I think where the kidney would be
Doctor :   anyways it is very unlikely that there is an internal bleeding
User :   that is why I am pretty sure it is not a rib crack
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the kidney rests on the eleventh and twelfth rib
Doctor :   for your information
Doctor :   so the best thing would be to rule out
User :   so how high above if I put my fingers around my waist
User :   its probably about 3 inches above my waist line overall
User :   the pain area from back to front
User :   but again only on movement
User :   no pain urinating or blood etc
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you dont seem interested in getting the x rat
Doctor :   in that case
Doctor :   the only option left is to wait
Doctor :   and see
User :   okay yes my thought was the xray even if there was a rib crack by any chance they really arent going to be able to do anything but tell me to rest and take advil etc. But my only worry was the internal thing if any damage could have been done, or bleeding etc. and I did not want to leave that unnoticed. I was wondering if an ultrasound would be done etc. I just started a new job so I would have to go to the ER the next few weeks and that would be costly so I am just weighing all my options
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I understand
Doctor :   there is no major internal injury
Doctor :   if we go by the description
Doctor :   you gave
Doctor :   so if its not possible even to get an ultrasound
Doctor :   then we will wait
Doctor :   the only thing you can do now is to take rest
User :   okay sounds good. thank you for your time I just needed to ease my mind about the bleeding and internal thing to the kidney or something but it was a good hit and will take some time. One thing I found odd was I was hit on Sunday and I did not start feeling the pain until two days later, I guess that is possible based on it probably was starting to swell or something righ
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   that explains
Doctor :   again that there is no internal bleeding
Doctor :   so relax
Doctor :   if there was you would have pain
Doctor :   and you would have collapsed
User :   okay thanks again for your help I really appreciate it doc.
Doctor :   no problem
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User :   okay thanks again
Doctor :   are you done?
User :   yes thank you
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