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    Is popping ribs with painful bruise, pain while coughing and sneezing serious?

I was sleeping high on a pillow on my left side this morning when I heard a pop and felt pain in my ribs. Now there is a bruise forming over the back side of my left rib cage. It is painful.. (but tolerable)especially when I sneeze or cough. Is this serious?
Thu, 27 Apr 2017
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Hello!
The poping sound let me think that X-ray investigation is needed to confirm fracture.
Anaesthetic gel can relieve pain (Ibuprofen based)
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