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can you injure yourself coughing

A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Rib fracture: If pain doesn't go away w/over-the-counter pain meds, then go see your Family Doc. Same if shortness of breath doesn't improve or even gets worse. You ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Wait it out: Only time will heal this one - usually several weeks. Ok to use ibuprofen or naproxen in the mean time, along with ice and rest. Coughing and sneezing ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Pleurtic Pain: Forcefully coughing for your chest/back/ abdominal muscles is like going to the gym and working muscle groups that you don't typically use in that man ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Pinched nerve: If the pain is very sharp,fleeting and radiates with coughing or deep breathing, an impingement of a nerve or muscle that runs between 2 ribs high in ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Unlikely: Its unlikely but you could fall and fracture a bone, hit your head, rupture a tendon.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: I have known cases of muscle injury and even broken ribs with a severe cough such as pertussis. Also pneumothorax where the lung leaks thru a rupture. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: Any action that overloads the muscles, joints and/or bones can cause injury.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Possibly: Hypnosis is a state of mind and it is induced easily in some and complete resistance in others. A good psydhologist who uses it could teach you to do ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: You need help if you decide to act on those urges. You should call your doctor and let him/her begin to help you.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not by itself: Motivation is important for the diagnosis. But you can still be doing serious harm to your body even if you are not purging to make up for binge eatin ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Prepare for sleep: 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell a ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
39 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Yes, if it is a serious injury. If it is high, then voice changes would also be noticeable. If no breathing or voice problems, then nothing to worry ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Seek counseling. We all need someone and help in this life we lead. If you are stressed, anxious, depressed, get help asap. Best wishes.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience Psychiatry
Unlikely: U need to try to see a professional for evaluation and treatment, than hopefully u will feel good . Good luck.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Yes. See ENT doc to assess nasal blockage.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
57 years experience Psychiatry
THINK WHY: Why suppress it? Unless it would hurt others if you laughed. Unless you have reason to think you're caloused, heartless, etc laughter ought to be good ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Tell us more: Please tell us about the nature of your injury. Most head bumps do not produce any damage because the skull bone is very strong and not easily damage ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Jarrard
20 years experience General Surgery
Not uncommon: At this young age entering adulthood and with all changes involved - can be confusing time in your emotional development. No shame in seeing a profes ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Tomasello
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See below: You can strain the intercostal muscles , which are the muscles between the ribs.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Hard!: As the aha guidelines state- push hard, push fast. It takes a significant amount of compression to help the heart pump blood- you are trying to compre ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Falls can occur, sometimes may result in injury.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience Rheumatology
NO: Simply cutting yourself will not lead to arthrits.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
Some can: Some can, some cannot, and some think they can but are mistaken.
A female asked:
Dr. David Krulak
22 years experience Family Medicine
Go to the ER: If someone is ever "very close to killing yourself", then that person needs to see a doctor immediately for evaluation. Then the proper actions (whic ... Read More

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