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Weird, popping feeling on rib, sens to move on bending. What is it?

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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. Prasad Akole 8 hours later
Hello and welcome to XXXXXXX

where exactly is the popping feel? is there any pain or cough, breathlessness with movement?
Is there any lumpy feel underneath?
Do you have any other associated symptoms like nausea?

Pain, shortness of breath, cough can occur in pleural rub (lung crackle).
Things moving under the left ribcage are stomach, spleen, heart, colon parts etc.

If there are no associated symptoms, it is not serious.

I hope to help you more specifically once I get these answers.

Take care and keep me posted.
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Follow-up: Weird, popping feeling on rib, sens to move on bending. What is it? 45 minutes later
i have no pain no cough nausea or shortness of breath when i touch it.
the popping feeling is about where the lower ribs curve in.

its more annoying than anything.
Answered by Dr. Prasad Akole 14 minutes later
Ok. It is most likely not serious.

To be sure, you can get an Xray chest and an ultrasound of the abdomen done.
It will rule out any pathology causing this abnormal finding.

As it helps us to improve continuously, may I request you to write a rating review before you ‘accept’ and ‘close’ the query anytime.
Thank you!!
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