A 40-year-old member asked:
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why do i cough and then feel a sharp pain in my armpit across my back to under my shoulder blade?

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Dr. Jennifer Tucker
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Could be diaphragm: When you cough, it increases your intrathoracic and intra-abdominal pressure. If you do not have enough fluid between your lung tissue and your diaphragm, coughing and even deep breathing can cause pain. Your medical doctor can hear if this is happening using a stethescope. Another reason for your pain could be a pinched nerve in your thoracic spine. Sometimes an MRI is necessary to diagnose this.
Answered on Sep 8, 2017

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