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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have urinary incontinence lower back pain and feel like I have to urinate frequently defecateing and coughing up blood. What are the pos?

I have urinary incontinence lower back pain and feel like I have to urinate frequently defecateing and coughing up blood. What are the pos?

Go to the hospital: This could be a vast number of things. The incontinence and back pain could be anything from cauda equina syndrome to an abdominal mass, and with coughing up blood, it is even more concerning. I urge you to go to the er. If it is cauda equine, it is a surgical emergency, but this would not cause coughing up of blood. Have you been taking nsaids for your back? These can cause ulcers too. Go to er. ...Read more

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Had feeling of needing to cough and up right back pain for 12 weeks. 3xray and bloods. All normal respitry specialist not concerned. Cancer?

Had feeling of needing to cough and up right back pain for 12 weeks. 3xray and bloods. All normal respitry specialist not concerned. Cancer?

Dry cough: First, you do not have cancer. Second, I would consult an allergist because you may have an allergic condition. Third if the allergist finds nothing consult a gastroenterologist to make sure you don't have gastro esophageal reflux. ...Read more

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Slight cough upper right back pain for 6 weeks. 2 xrays and bloods taken. All clear. Slight tingle in hands and feet. Could xrays missed something?

Slight cough upper right back pain for 6 weeks. 2 xrays and bloods taken. All clear. Slight tingle in hands and feet. Could xrays missed something?

Unlikely: Ct and bronchoscopy are currently not useful, it seems. Cxr can miss a lot of stuff but at your age it is unlikely to be something very serious.

Discuss nasolaryngoscopy, bronch, ct and methacholine challenge pft with your doc. ...Read more

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Had a dry cough with back pain for 3.5 months. Chest ct, xray, bloods and lft all normal. What could this be?

Had a dry cough with back pain for 3.5 months. Chest ct, xray, bloods and lft all normal. What could this be?

Top 3 causes...: Of cough are asthma, post nasal drip and GERD. None of those would show up on the tests you've had. You need a pulmonary function test to look for asthma and the easy fix for the other two are are over the counter treatments. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain that comes and go, and blood when I blow my nose. I do not have a cough. I am 25 and I don't smokecould I have lung cancer?

Almost certainly not: I don't think you have lung cancer at all. Back pain can be due to many things (including posture, very large breasts, etc) and blood when you blow your nose is probably due to a polyp. Obviously you should have it checked out if it's a lot. But at your age and with no smoking history, lung cancer would be very low on my list. As for bruising and weakness, you should probably have a blood test. ...Read more

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I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

Exam and chest xray: You should be examined for severe bronchitis or possible pneumonia. Never ignore bloody expectoration. A chest film and antibiotics are a logical suggestion. Stop smoking! ...Read more

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Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Yes: Most likely secondary to muscle strain or if cough is due to pneumonia, then pleuritic chest or back pain depending on part of lung involved. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back pain when I cough or laugh.?

Work up: Back pain with coughing/laughing/sneezing could indicate disc herniation. Pls get it worked up by your doc.. Mri. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that cough syrup with codeine will help my back pain?

It might....: But you are ingesting a lot of other compounds that you don't need to combat back pain. Would discuss with a pain specialist to ensure that you take more "pure" medications that help reduce your pain without other additives such cough suppressants. He/she may also discuss other techniques/options that lessen reliance on medications. ...Read more

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Back Pain on right side radiates to the front lower rib area. Hurts when I breath or cough. Hurts to lay down even.

Get evaluated: You should have your chest pain evaluated by a physician in person. Several serious conditions could be causing those symptoms including pneumonia, blood clots in your lung, tumors, and gallstones. Less serious causes like viruses or muscle tears/spasms could also be the source. Best to have a professional help you sort it out. ...Read more

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Have chest pain 4 days. If I cough or move certain ways it hurts. Today II have back pain not sure if related. I don't have any upper resp signs.?

Have chest pain 4 days. If I cough or move certain ways it hurts. Today II have back pain not sure if related. I don't have any upper resp signs.?

Chest pain/back pain: Pain in the chest with movement or coughing can sometimes be pleurisy -inflammation of the lining of the chest. Doesn't sound cardiac. You can try an antiinflammatory medication to see if it helps - if you develop a fever it could be the signs of an early pneumonia and chest pain associated with exertion is worrisome for cardiac issues and should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pains in my lower back and a dry hacking cough every nite for 5months. Back pain is in the majority of everyday. Could this problem be serious?

Should get workup: Persistent unrelanting cough should always be assessed by a physician and treated. The back pain may be related to the constant coughing. Stay away from over the counter antitussive medications. They may only perpetuate the problem. Get an appointment with a physician and you will sleep much more soundly. ...Read more

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Cough with back pain?

Cough with back pain?

Muscle pain others: When you cough you use the muscles of the chest and back and too much coughing can tire the muscles and can make them painful, also what causes the cough like viral or bacterial infection of lungs or bronchi can also cause headaches, body and back pains, you may get pain in the back of chest if you have pneumonia with or without pleurisy can cause pain in back of chest. ...Read more

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Hi I was in a car accident and am having some back pain. It hurts when I cough. Should I worry?

Hi I was in a car accident and am having some back pain. It hurts when I cough. Should I worry?

Yes and no: The fact that you are having some pain is concerning.
It may be nothing but I would recommend seeing your doctor to make sure everything is okay.
Especially if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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When my fiance cough's he has lost control of his bowl. Not all the way but enough to change his cloths, because of back pain. He got hurt at work.

When my fiance cough's he has lost control of his bowl. Not all the way but enough to change his cloths, because of back pain. He got hurt at work.

Back injury: This very well can be a bulging disc that is affecting the nerves to his anus. If this worsens he may need more urgent care for his back. The family doctor should be consulted tomorrow. ...Read more

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What to do if I have back pain when I sneeze and cough! : (?

What to do if I have back pain when I sneeze and cough! : (?

Tell your doctor: That's a start. Might want to get some x-rays.
(broken rib, disc problem, etc). ...Read more

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Really bad back pain when I cough or laugh. Should I be worried?

Yes/No: Although coughing and laughing that results in back pain suggests a herniated disk, this will not generally be anything that will harm you in the long run. That said, if there is any perceived weakness or ascending numbness in the legs or arms, that would be of concern. If you are worried I would suggest you see your doctor for further workup with imaging like Xray or MRI. ...Read more

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What causes fever, chills, cough, and back pain on the right side?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia. Pneumonia caused by lung cancer. Pleurisy. Several serious conditions that should be evaluated in person by your physician. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis? I have back pain and cough for a month already. My doct0r told me I have pneumonia last week.

How will I know if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis? I have back pain and cough for a month already. My doct0r told me I have pneumonia last week.

Chest X-ray: The diagnosis is usually made with a chest X-ray. Your symptoms can also suggest one diagnosis over another.
It seems like you have already been told it was pneumonia. ...Read more

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Lower rt back pain started 3 days ago and getting more severe. Meds and massage don't help. Hurts to move, including cough. What can I do for relief?

Lower rt back pain started 3 days ago and getting more severe. Meds and massage don't help. Hurts to move, including cough. What can I do for relief?

See physiatrist: A physiatrist can help identify the cause of your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan. If it is determined to be related to the spine, a brief course of steroids to decrease inflammation, followed by a course of physical therapy to relieve pressure and improve the condition of the surrounding muscles may be warranted. ...Read more

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4 week cough side back pain shortness of breath?

4 week cough side back pain shortness of breath?

Chest X-ray: I would send you for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia, empyema, and simultaneous pneumonia with chf. ...Read more

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Thoracic back pain, hurts to breathe, cough etc. What should I do?

Thoracic back pain, hurts to breathe, cough etc. What should I do?

Cough and back pain: Symptoms of back pain, cough and pain with breathing suggests a respiratory or cardiac cause that could be potentially serious. The best approach is to see your healthcare provider and be evaluated for cardiac and respiratory disorders. I suspect a chest x-ray, ecg, and lung function tests would be a fairly routine place to start. Once identified, specific treatment can be given. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Al Hegab
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more