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why does my chest hurt when i cough

A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Cough chest pain: Often coughing will cause irritation or spasm of the intercostal muscles.

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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Muscle pain: These activities of coughing and/or sneezing require muscle contractions. If prolonged the muscles of the chest may hurt. This is not a serious prob ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
A few options: Pleurisy, rib cartilage sprain (from really severe coughing), muscle injury (again from all the coughing). Usually one of those. Other options include ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Chest pain: According to the zithromax package, stop the drug if you have chest pain and call your doctor at once. Please stop the medication and call your doctor ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Pain: When you cough youre diaphragm pushes down on your abdomen and causes pain.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
?neck problem?: Common to have radiating pain from neck down arm if a nerve is compressed by a ruptured disc (valsalva maneuver), when one coughs or sneezes. However ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Neck pain and cough: You probably pulled a muscle in the neck when you strained to cough. Take some Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) and put some warm compresses on the ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Magalie Nelson
20 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Back pain from cough: Your lungs fill your chest cavity .When you cough, you take a deep breath in, then the vocal cords close. This causes a rapid increase in pressure w ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Musculoskeletal pain: The chest wall has muscles, cartilage, bone, etc. When you cough, any of these structures can become painful; for example, you can develop muscle str ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Cough headache: There are a couple of possibilities. Coughing can raise the pressure inside your head, which can cause pain sometimes. There is also a poorly-understo ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Cough: This is likely due to a strained muscle due to the coughing itself. Some can even have a small fracture of a rub from coughing so much/hard. If you fe ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cough: You can strain the muscles, between your ribs with intense coughing. Try an anti-inflammatory for the discomfort. It usually gets better with time. ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Muscle strain?: The chest wall is comprised of ribs and muscles. The muscles of the chest can be strained just like any other muscles leading to tears and discomfort. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cough ; arm pain: Hello, you will need to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. He/she will want to order a ct or MRI to check for disc impingement of a brachial ner ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: Could be something as serious as pneumonia in the base of the right lung.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Possible ge reflux: Coughing is sometimes associated ge reflux or causes cough. Burning is often a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux.Coughing, vomiting, straining, or su ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Groin pain: You may have an inguinal hernia that is aggravated by the cough or sneeze, that increases the pressure within your abdomen.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Rib dislocation: Could be a rib dislocation or possibly costochondritis (inflammation of where the ribs and cartilage meet). I would recommend seeing a osteopathic ph ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
37 years experience General Surgery
Possible hernia: Although most often, abdominal pain with sneezing is related to muscle irritation, people with abdominal wall hernias may have pain when they sneeze ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pradeep Parihar
30 years experience Family Medicine
Laugh: get mouth examined
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Increased pressure: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum, may protrude through and create a sac ... Read More

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