A 19-year-old female asked:
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i was drinking and it went down the wrong way of course i coughed but when i did it hurt like in my chest when coughing is that normal?

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Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The cough we have when "something goes down the wrong way" is a very powerful protective mechanism. It is a VERY strong cough and can cause some pain in the chest. Once coughing spell over, chest discomfort should be gone in several hours or may last up to a day. If longer, see your doctor as you may have injured muscles in chest wall and some cases can even break a rib. Hope this was helpful.
Answered on Apr 22, 2015
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