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can you pull a muscle in your chest from coughing

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It certainly is ---: Quite possible, to pull a muscle with a severe bout of coughing, anywhere in the chest, including behind the breast.

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Unlikely: without waking you up! Where is the pain??? Z
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
In your age group: Serious conditions like heart attacks are unlikely, but you need an evaluation by a physician to make a diagnosis. It could still be something bad lik ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pull: The eye and chest dont appear to be related but check them out with your doctor.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Wilson
12 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Absolutely: I'm sorry you're sick. Use ice packs, and see a doctor about the vomiting if it doesn't resolve promptly.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: This is not uncommon to pull the intercostal muscles between the ribs. Healing is like other muscle pulls but due to continual breathing the healing ... Read More
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
YES: Yes. Have a doctor check though.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
22 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unfortunately, yes: Severe coughing can easily lead to other problems including pulled muscle in the back or chest wall. The high pressures generated from coughing can l ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Pulled muscle: If you retching badly you may pull a muscle.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.: Actually from heavy lifting anytime. If you overwork a muscle you can get cramps and spasm.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chong Kim
Dr. Chong Kim answered
26 years experience Internal Medicine
No: A pulled muscle or perhaps costochondritis can not cause you to have a heart attack. But if you have underlying heart disease, i suggest you have an e ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Chest pain: The chest expands when you breath, the injured pectoral or intercostal muscle will complain about this.....Answer yes it can and will.
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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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Could be: This could be muscle. As the child gets larger there is more risk of a strain. I would give it time before I would be concerned
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Juan Qiu
Dr. Juan Qiu answered
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: yes, cough can cause muscle strain or twitching
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: Coughing can be associated with muscle strain, rupture and even broken ribs. Most of the time cough is a good mechanism to keep the lungs clear of se ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO answered
36 years experience Psychiatry
Chest pain muscular: Yes! chest cavity has muscles outside, then the thorax and ribs, then the organs inside [lungs, esophagus, heart, blood vessels, and the muscles insid ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Balaram
14 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not likely. : The fingers themselves don't have muscles inside them. They do have tendons, bones, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. The muscles that control the ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Yes: Coughing can especially strain muscles in abdomen and chest, and when prolonged can even tear the muscle fibers (very minor though).
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Muscle spasm is common. You could also have inflammation in the chest cavity. If you have cough or fever see a doctor for evaluation.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
A licensed massage: Therapist can feel tightness and trigger points in the body, many times this is in the traps, the area in neck and shoulders. Official diagnosis for ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Chest pain: Chest muscle strain can cause chest pain and difficulty breathing, what category do you need?
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes.: A pulled or strained muscle can give you pain when you breathe because of the expansion of the rib cage, that puts a stress on those muscles.
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