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Fett
07-23-2003, 01:24 PM
Every morning when I wake up, my sternum is slightly sore and stiff.
If I stretch my chest, my sternum makes a "crack" or "pops", and the stiffness and mild soreness are instantly gone.

I am able to pop my sternum at least twice a day, usually after I have been sitting for a long period of time.

Does anybdy else experience the same thing?

MiloMan
07-23-2003, 02:50 PM
No. What did your doctor say about it?

Fett
07-23-2003, 07:20 PM
I haven't gone to the doctor yet.

BeaGleDU
07-23-2003, 08:30 PM
Be carefull man. I originally hurt my sternum doing dips. I felt this tight pain that felt like it wanted to pop (like cracking a knuckle) but it never did. I worked through it and it never got better. It hurt most when i would turn my head, like trying too look behind yourself without turning your body. It got worse and i went to a hospital for xrays and it turns out i tore a ligament near my sternum (i forget the name of it, if you want i can look it up and post more info on it).
Needless to say i was told to take time off, im currently in week 3 of my 5 week hiatus.

Chunk2212
07-23-2003, 10:59 PM
Yeah, be really careful with that. Unlike a knuckle or knee, the sternum isn't a joint. It is one solid piece of bone and therefore it should most definetely not be cracking or popping. There might be something wrong with the insertion point between your sternum and pectoral.

DB3
07-23-2003, 11:19 PM
probably just the costal cartilage making a little noise...

if it's just noise, probably not a problem. i asked my orthopedist about this same thing once. but if it hurts, you need to get it checked out.

mine does it. most people i know who've done martial arts or heavy contact sports do it. after years of such things, just about everything i have cracks or pops in the morning.

larky
07-24-2003, 04:44 AM
would your chest-pop qualify for ripley's believe-it-or not, like those people who can squeeze their eyeballs out?

acutofcoleman
07-24-2003, 05:08 AM
Originally posted by Fett
Every morning when I wake up, my sternum is slightly sore and stiff.
If I stretch my chest, my sternum makes a "crack" or "pops", and the stiffness and mild soreness are instantly gone.

I am able to pop my sternum at least twice a day, usually after I have been sitting for a long period of time.

Does anybdy else experience the same thing?

yeh i had this from doing a lot of pull overs really heavy and my sternum popped so hard i couldn't talk or breath properly without being in agony but don't worry it aint swerious and it'll go away soon enough.

monos
07-24-2003, 01:55 PM
Mines used to when I flexed my chest really hard. It never hurt so I never thought anything about it.

MiloMan
07-24-2003, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by acutofcoleman
don't worry it aint swerious and it'll go away soon enough. Ever heard of an SC joint separation/dislocation?

Obviously not:

http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1999/02_99/williams.htm

DallasLynx
07-24-2003, 03:33 PM
I had that happen before. It was never painful, but it was pretty freaky. One of my roommates in College had the same thing. His dad is an MD and we had him check it out and talk to some orthopedists that he knew. Pretty much if it isn't painful then it is just cartilage clicking and popping. If this is chronic then you should go get checked out anyway though. They said that 99% of the time this is an injury from contact sports like hockey/football/rugby or from car accidents. Ours was from football, but they said if you bounce the bar off your chest when benching it is possible to injury the sc joint.

acutofcoleman
07-24-2003, 05:04 PM
good point my man! When I first started training I was forced into doing a weight I couldn't handle and the spotter didn't spot properly and it crushed my chest that hurt!!!!

Richie
06-08-2004, 06:56 AM
hey all,

i know this is an old thread but how are you all doing with your sternum injuries?

i have an annoying one at the moment.

Richie

tbomb
06-08-2004, 10:43 AM
Originally posted by Richie
hey all,

i know this is an old thread but how are you all doing with your sternum injuries?

i have an annoying one at the moment.

Richie

i have one. very mild. im sure itll go away in a day or 2, but im skipping workouts for the rest of this week, and maybe next week to be safe. i only have mild pain when i breathe deeply, and when i push on it...VERY mild pain.

http://my.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/stc17208.asp?navbar=hw85856

Captain-M0rgan
06-08-2004, 02:48 PM
Dont worry man, the same thing happens with me, every morning it pops when i stretch and from slouching when im sitting. I don tknow what it is but i doenst hurt or anything.

Its been happening for about 4 years now, it hasnt affected me much at all.

Richie
06-08-2004, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by MiloMan
Ever heard of an SC joint separation/dislocation?

Obviously not:

http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1999/02_99/williams.htm

geez!!! that sounds pretty bad.

i wacked myself in the chest quite hard while doing front pulldowns. the bar i used rotates so it's a little bigger in the middle.
i forgot to adjust the weight from my warmup :mad:

i've had it for about a year or so but seemed to pop out while doing front presses for some reason.
when i sneezed or did front pulldowns it would pop back back to normal again & everything was fine so i didn't worry too much about it.

for the last 2 weeks now it hasn't gone back to normal & i have pain on either side of my centre chest line which i think is the cartilidge joining the ribs to the sternum.

i'm going to start adding MSM to a protein shake twice a day & have some ibuprofen as well to reduce any inflammation.

at the moment i can work around it with light back, shoulder & arm work but if it's no better in a week i'll take some time off completely.

Richie

tbomb
06-08-2004, 06:11 PM
Originally posted by Richie

for the last 2 weeks now it hasn't gone back to normal & i have pain on either side of my centre chest line

honestly, if i had pain, even if its minor, for over 2 weeks, i'd go see a medical doctor. the pain i have now is probably, on a scale of 1-10, a 1, and i only get it when i breathe deep or stretch, but it doesnt go away in a week, i'll be at a doctor's office.

too many people think theyre invincible and dont pay attention to minor injuries because they think theyre no big deal - these are the people who have all kinds of physical ailments later in life. im not saying you need to get stitches every time you get a papercut, but a "popping sternum" and pain in the chest wall wouldnt be something i would advise messing with, but then again, im no doctor.

Richie
06-08-2004, 08:16 PM
i know what you're saying but my experiences with doctors leaves me thinking that they know nothing about sports injuries.

i had a burst disc in my lower back about 5-6 years ago & the first thing the doctor wanted to do was operate & fuse my discs together!!!!

long story short i got over it naturally with a little help from an osteopath & my own research & no further contact with the "doctor"

what i have at the moment i'm NOT shrugging off as being serious & if it isn't getting any better in a week then i'll be seeing someone about it.................for sure!!!

all i can do is rest it, work around it when i can & take the right supps/food to help it repair.

i've just got back from a leg workout where i did calves (donkeys & standing) extensions & sissy squats for quads & seated leg curl & sldl for hammies.
no pain so thats what i'll stick to for a while.

thanks for your concern though :D i appreciate it muchly. that's why i like these boards.

i'll post here & let you know how progress is coming along.

Richie

tbomb
06-09-2004, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by Richie
i know what you're saying but my experiences with doctors leaves me thinking that they know nothing about sports injuries.

i had a burst disc in my lower back about 5-6 years ago & the first thing the doctor wanted to do was operate & fuse my discs together!!!!

long story short i got over it naturally with a little help from an osteopath & my own research & no further contact with the "doctor"

what i have at the moment i'm NOT shrugging off as being serious & if it isn't getting any better in a week then i'll be seeing someone about it.................for sure!!!

all i can do is rest it, work around it when i can & take the right supps/food to help it repair.

i've just got back from a leg workout where i did calves (donkeys & standing) extensions & sissy squats for quads & seated leg curl & sldl for hammies.
no pain so thats what i'll stick to for a while.

thanks for your concern though :D i appreciate it muchly. that's why i like these boards.

i'll post here & let you know how progress is coming along.

Richie

yeah, i was just saying...ya know? i used to have roommates in college who never went to a doc for anything, and wondered why in bad weather their wrists, ankels, etc would hurt.

keep us (or at least me) posted. so far, i woke up today and im feeling MUCH better than yesterday, so im gonna go hot up my leg workout tonight, and hopefully tomorrow i'll be ok to do shoulders and such.

MiloMan
06-09-2004, 10:17 AM
Originally posted by Richie
i know what you're saying but my experiences with doctors leaves me thinking that they know nothing about sports injuries.
Were those docs sports medicine specialists? I'll bet that they weren't.

The reason that a sports medicine specialist is preferable to a GP or a regular ortho doc, when it comes to athletic injuries, is important to remember.

The family doc/GP and the regular ortho doc usually deals with average people that injured themselves, and thus the focus of their treatment is to get them repaired for their average life ASAP.

The sportsmed doc deals with athletes and sports injuries. They know that the athlete doesn't just need to be repaired well enough to push a lawnmower or work at a desk job, they need to get back to 100% in their sport, even if it takes a little longer and costs a little more.

It's a big, big, big difference.

Richie
06-09-2004, 10:15 PM
no, they were just normal doctors but finding a competent sports doctor is even hard these days, believe me i've looked!!

i'm not getting the "popping" any more. it's only a slight pain now.

i sneezed last night & got a bit of pain across my chest but it doesn't bother when i take huge deep breaths or expand my rib cage.

i had bothersome shoulders (which turned out to be both bicep tendons & not the actual shoulder) most of last year which prevented me from doing MOST chest movements.

6-8 weeks ago i started training chest again with respectable weights for the first time for quite a while so i'm thinking now that my problem might be related to going too heavy too quickly and something has happened to the structure as i have no pain in the actual pec muscle at all!!!

i keep forgetting that almost 40 y.o now, not 20 (like i like to think i am :D )

i read some good things about MSM on Dave Drapers site & i have a kilo of it from Kilosports. so i have my fingers crossed it'll go completely soon.

Richie

CurltonBench
10-30-2012, 03:07 PM
google search brah here. same with the minor pain/pop when stretching. hope its innocent.

Sinaku5
10-30-2012, 05:20 PM
Curlton Bench - Honestly, IMO I think all these opinions on here are BS.

My chest used to crack if I stretch it in the right way and it was never painful. It doesn't do it any more, but it used to happen multiple times a week and now it just stopped, I notice no differences physically from when it was happening to now. It stopped about 1 year ago.

oldballs
10-30-2012, 05:44 PM
hey OP, does your sternum still crack 9 years later?

Livelift
10-30-2012, 07:28 PM
I had the same problem a long time ago OP when i first started working out. Keep doing neck stretches (Looking up etc, causes muscles to stretch) along with pectoral stretches. Also inhale really deep while stretching and try to force the air inside to push your sternum out while stretching.

Oh, and keep doing your dips/pullups etc.. just reduce the amount of weight you do. Ice the area after working out.

brstrodtbeck
05-30-2013, 09:22 AM
Although I do feel some pain if I have experienced an injury to my ribs or back most of the time it is not painful and I can't remember when my sternum hasn't popped. I bad back or posture could contribute.



Every morning when I wake up, my sternum is slightly sore and stiff.
If I stretch my chest, my sternum makes a "crack" or "pops", and the stiffness and mild soreness are instantly gone.

I am able to pop my sternum at least twice a day, usually after I have been sitting for a long period of time.

Does anybdy else experience the same thing?

thebeginning88
09-30-2013, 05:40 AM
Resurrecting this ancient thread, from a google search.


I have this issue, and never really thought much about it. Sometimes it hurts when it won't pop but needs to...not sure if anyone else here still has this or has found an answer.

I've had it for like a year or two.

HarryFlashman
09-30-2013, 05:50 AM
When I was younger I went out with a big group of lads, when everyone got pissed then they did a big pile on so I had about 10 blokes jump on top of me with me crushed at the bottom of the pile. As I was lying at the bottom of the pile unable to breathe I felt my chest crack down the middle. They got off and my chest cracked from that point on every time I stretched. However it did eventually stop cracking and popping, it must've healed up.
Not a pleasant experience.
Unfortunately one of the lads I used to train martial arts with suffered a similar experience, I hit him in the chest during training, and his sternum cracked, he quit training in the end as it was never the same again.

mstrube6891
10-11-2013, 01:58 PM
I have the same thing. I feel a sort of pressure in my sternum like it needs to pop and if I flex my pecs or grasp my hands together with my arms straight over my head and then stretch my arms back it will make a pop noise and the pressure goes away. This happens a couple times per day. I asked my doctor and she said it was either the cartilage sheets connecting to my sternum that were crinkling and then popping flat again or nitrogen getting caught around my sternum and popping (similar to popping knuckles). As long as it doesn't hurt, really nothing to worry about

Sinaku5
10-11-2013, 03:21 PM
I have the same thing. I feel a sort of pressure in my sternum like it needs to pop and if I flex my pecs or grasp my hands together with my arms straight over my head and then stretch my arms back it will make a pop noise and the pressure goes away. This happens a couple times per day. I asked my doctor and she said it was either the cartilage sheets connecting to my sternum that were crinkling and then popping flat again or nitrogen getting caught around my sternum and popping (similar to popping knuckles). As long as it doesn't hurt, really nothing to worry about

Thanks for asking ur doctor

elgregorio
10-11-2013, 04:38 PM
Yeah, be really careful with that. Unlike a knuckle or knee, the sternum isn't a joint. It is one solid piece of bone and therefore it should most definetely not be cracking or popping. There might be something wrong with the insertion point between your sternum and pectoral.

The "sternal angle" is a joint between the top of the sternum and manubrium, you can feel a bump there. Mine will pop there in many occasions if I pull my arms back and stretch my chest, and has done so my whole life. It will do it more often if I've been sitting for a long time and I start to feel stiff.

aaron19993
11-26-2013, 11:38 AM
I have the same thing, it happens probably every day but it doesn't hurt. It started last year after I pulled my chest muscle in bjj by not tapping out quick enough whilst put in an arm bar.

spoolngc8
01-04-2014, 08:41 PM
This is happening to me..

Started a month ago maybe. My chest/sternum would feel very tight (not my actual pecs) as if my shoulders were being pulled forward. At first it was easy to pop if I flex my shoulders all the way back, but it seems to be getting harder to do. Today (which caused me to finally do a search) it just feels tight and I cannot get it to pop. This tightness was only happening the day after I trained chest but now its been 3 days and its still tight and I cant get it to release. It doesn't "hurt" per say but its super uncomfortable and seems like its getting worse.. borderline hurting I guess. No pain in my chest muscle or anything, they dont even feel tight, just feels like my sternum.

reevesliam
02-16-2014, 02:47 AM
hi,
this issue plagued me for about 3 years. but ive just found the cause (for me at least) but i hope this applies to most others because the treatment is easy and can be done by yourself or sports massage therapist. basically, the sternum pops because your scalene muscles in your neck which attach to your 1st and 2nd rib close to the sternum are overly tight causing misalignment of these ribs. see image for reference imgur.com/bTRHkPK and a video reference youtube.com/watch?v=FD9RRklc8yE

stretching the scalene muscles
youtube.com/watch?v=i6KTxkUf7Bk


i hope this helps

reevesliam
05-12-2014, 04:22 AM
heres an update. i was most likely wrong about the scalene connection (for me at least) but after lots more money wasted i think ive isolated the issue. for me it was a pec issue and more specifically the clavicular head of the pec. in order to stretch or tackle trigger points in the clavicular head, i use a trigger point ball (or a lacrosse ball) i place the ball on any surface that elevates it about 4-5 inches off the floor. (a folded up towel will do, it needs to be at least 4 inches though to create enough pressure) i lie face down on the ground with the ball placed in the general area where the pec inserts into the shoulder joint (a inch or so away from the joint) i start with my arm down by my side (palm facing in) then i bring my arm up so that my elbow is close to my ear, at the point of maximum tension (or pain) i pause and hold for about 45 secs. i repeat this process several times. i then shift my body so that the ball is now closer to my sternum, in the belly of the pec muscle (only few inches movement away from the original point) i try to locate any trigger points and if i find them i repeat the 45sec hold process.

any feedback on this would be good, i hope this helps people

muscleshakes
05-30-2014, 10:01 AM
a lot of the time it hits me maybe not for a few days then 2-3 days in a row I have to pop it. Sometimes is super tight I keep arching back and and it wont pop but if I take my mind of it then later in day as I loosen up I can pop it. It feels like when the chiropractor gives to that bear hug adjustment. For me its from tight muscles and slightly leaning forward on the computer at work....never happens on days off or days Im busy and walking and standing all day. It happens all the time when i LOOK DOWN at my phone and lap top for hours in a row. It just upper back tight muscles neck muscles popping it its full of gas....them boom ahhhh pop feels good. old thread I see lol. Im actually getting ready to go to chiro soon but its to try to even out my hips....left hip higher causing a pinch in left lower back...of and above that Im waiting for my lef oblique to heal part of life! I need to start doing yoga

Jsf721
05-30-2014, 10:09 AM
I hurt my sternum after I bounced the bar off my chest too hard benching. Caught me in the wrong spot and I had a clicking for a week-10 days when I moved or twisted stretching.

If I were you, I would rest it for about 10 days. if it does not heal, check with a DR.

Good Luck OP.


Every morning when I wake up, my sternum is slightly sore and stiff.
If I stretch my chest, my sternum makes a "crack" or "pops", and the stiffness and mild soreness are instantly gone.

I am able to pop my sternum at least twice a day, usually after I have been sitting for a long period of time.

Does anybdy else experience the same thing?

arnedummi
10-02-2014, 08:27 AM
Hi, old thread I see, but still, has anyone found an actual solution yet?

With me it hurts when I pop it, if I can pop it. I asked my physical therapist and he said it's probably from when an osteopath "manipulated the sternum wrongly". It would pass when the rest of my body would be back in balance. (suffering lowerbackpain; triggerpoint in gluteus; sacral joint pain). The words "probably" and "would" don't exactly sound convincing.
Doctor says "probably" nothing to worry about.

I can't perform a dip without pain. The fear of permanently damaging it is real.

coltondk
12-03-2014, 07:40 AM
Hi, old thread I see, but still, has anyone found an actual solution yet?

With me it hurts when I pop it, if I can pop it. I asked my physical therapist and he said it's probably from when an osteopath "manipulated the sternum wrongly". It would pass when the rest of my body would be back in balance. (suffering lowerbackpain; triggerpoint in gluteus; sacral joint pain). The words "probably" and "would" don't exactly sound convincing.
Doctor says "probably" nothing to worry about.

I can't perform a dip without pain. The fear of permanently damaging it is real.

I started to have sternum pain after adopting a workout that included a lot of dips. It happened slowly over time, and that was several months ago. The pain was dull but an ache that bothered me, until I stretched just right and a pop relieved the pain. However, over time it was getting so tight I couldnt get it to pop for several days, and I could no longer move to even put on a seat belt.

I went to the doctor finally, he prescribed "Nabumetone" which is a generic of "relafan" and loosened me up to where I can stretch and it freely pops. This doctors exact words were, do not stretch, do not push on the sternum, and dont workout for 5 weeks. I didnt lift for 3 weeks or so, avoided stretching, and no improvements.

Now were probably a few months from that time, and instead of one pop, its almost a crunching sound. Lots of pain if I try to do flat bench with any decent amount of weight. I'll be going back to the doctor soon to see what exactly is going on. My work outs are suffering badly, probably need to do yoga or something.

arnedummi
12-03-2014, 08:23 AM
I started to have sternum pain after adopting a workout that included a lot of dips. It happened slowly over time, and that was several months ago. The pain was dull but an ache that bothered me, until I stretched just right and a pop relieved the pain. However, over time it was getting so tight I couldnt get it to pop for several days, and I could no longer move to even put on a seat belt.

I went to the doctor finally, he prescribed "Nabumetone" which is a generic of "relafan" and loosened me up to where I can stretch and it freely pops. This doctors exact words were, do not stretch, do not push on the sternum, and dont workout for 5 weeks. I didnt lift for 3 weeks or so, avoided stretching, and no improvements.

Now were probably a few months from that time, and instead of one pop, its almost a crunching sound. Lots of pain if I try to do flat bench with any decent amount of weight. I'll be going back to the doctor soon to see what exactly is going on. My work outs are suffering badly, probably need to do yoga or something.

Yeah sounds pretty much the same as what I've got. I can workout but I really need to choose my exercises. It also varies from day to day; week to week.

Let us know what your doctor has to say. Mine wasn't very helpful.

Pujdo
04-17-2015, 04:58 AM
Old thread but similar thing happened to me!
I had pain in my sternum about a year ago from doing lots of dips. It lasted about a week and i got a bit worried so i searched online and found that it's nothing to worry about because it is most likely an inflammation from exercising.
It disappeared in the following week and i continued popping my sternum by stretching my chest, because it made me feel like i removed pressure from my chest (just like popping your knuckles,neck etc.)

I can't remember when i stopped, but now after a year+ i popped it for a first time and it started hurting like hell. It hurts when i breathe deep, not to mention flexing chest or doing a pushing exercise. What could be the cause of this?

mellowmushroom00
01-21-2016, 09:37 AM
It's the chemtrails

Alexisskinny
01-21-2016, 10:45 AM
I'm not sure if this has been said, but if it's from Dips, which happened to me, then try to stay as upright at possible when doing them and don't go so deep.

Also I do weighted dips only once a week nowadays due to the pain and cracking of my sternum. After a couple days, the pain subsides though.

TBoneBrah
01-21-2016, 11:36 AM
Mine cracks too since i started doing weighted dips again.

I think its where your sternum has fractured. Mine healed up after around 3 months of not actively cracking it (now its back, but it doesnt bother me)

MarleyLynx
03-06-2016, 05:40 PM
Similar symtpoms. Chest started getting tight. Felt like a pulling sensation near the sternum. Turned into pain when i breathed. If I roll my shoulders back it intensifies and if i lift my arms over my head it will become sensitive to touch but also crack and relieve all the pressure. Went to a doc after having it for a year or so and he said it was costochondritis and to rest it for 2 weeks. Rested for about a month and never got better. Doesn't effect my lifts at all except the fact I can't do dips without pain.

erock502
03-19-2016, 11:07 AM
I had a popping sternum for a few years never any pain or problems but I have had a some muscle atrophy moving from my sternum across my pec muscle and I wonder if it could be related, its a mystery to me.
I thought it could be a pinched nerve interfering with the connection. I went a neurologist and had the nerves tested they found nothing. I had a MRI of my neck nothing was abnormal

hodgesjoshuab
06-02-2016, 02:11 PM
Hey OP, your sternum still popping?

Postlapsaria
06-28-2016, 09:45 PM
Came here from Google. I've had this off and on for years. A chiropractor told me not to worry about it at one point.

I can't speak to the science or harmfulness, but I can tell it is directly attributable to bouncing the bar while benching for me.

I also have a couple tips for forcing a pop, as it can be uncomfortable when it doesn't seem to want to. First, when standing, swing one arm out and across your body, then the other, then attempt to arch your back and extend your arms back. For some reason, the swinging motion first helps me sometimes.

If that doesn't work, finding a chair with a back that sits at the bottom of my shoulder blades sometimes works. I'll sit up straight, then arch my back over the top of the back of the chair while pinning my elbows out and back.

A good pop feels absolutely amazing sometimes.

2stubborn2die
04-11-2017, 07:58 AM
Every morning when I wake up, my sternum is slightly sore and stiff.
If I stretch my chest, my sternum makes a "crack" or "pops", and the stiffness and mild soreness are instantly gone.

I am able to pop my sternum at least twice a day, usually after I have been sitting for a long period of time.

Does anybdy else experience the same thing?


Hi guys, I FOUND THE WAY TO POP MY STERNUM!

I've been tortured by this feeling of not being able to pop it , trying everything I could. Then, today, I asked a friend to stand perpendicular to me (so his shoulder would face my chest directly). then I wrapped my arms around his body and the moment I started squeezing, the pop happened and I felt better instantly.

Try this and see if it works for you! I was so happy i crated an account just for this haha

prostkm
04-22-2017, 07:34 PM
Created an account to post this: I'm also experiencing an upper chest pain which I think developed from dips. More specifically, it feels like the cartilage that connects my upper left rib to my breastbone is inflamed. At the same time, I have the urge to "pop/crack" my breastbone because I've developed an uncomfortable tension that builds throughout the day.

The good news is that I think I've found the answer. (youtube video name)----> [ How To Fix (most) Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome Chest Pain - Part (1) ]
Check out this video and I think you'll agree that his description of the problem is what you're experiencing. I just found this video so I haven't been able to buy the Back pod, but I have used a towel and a ball and I can feel it working. Hope this video helps.

JasmineK95
05-14-2017, 09:27 PM
Yes I do! Some days it doesn't do it at all every if I try to but other days it does it even just when I twist or stretch my chest a certain way. Sometimes i get that pressure feeling like I need to crack it like when you crack your fingers. I've only started feeling it within the last year or so, so I'm not sure whether it's something I should be worried about

ChesterPop
12-21-2017, 12:35 PM
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