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Is it possible for you to pull a muscle coughing behind your breast?

Is it possible for you to pull a muscle coughing behind your breast?

It certainly is ---: Quite possible, to pull a muscle with a severe bout of coughing, anywhere in the chest, including behind the breast. ...Read more

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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Having some pretty bad upper back pain and im also feeling pain in my chest for the past 10 hours should I be concerned or did I just pull a muscle?

Having some pretty bad upper back pain and im also feeling pain in my chest for the past 10 hours should I be concerned or did I just pull a muscle?

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 like a blood clot, gallbladder disease, stomach ulcer. Get checked out! ...Read more

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Cough on off few days. Today my chest hurt, I tried working out and it was very hard to breathe and there was pain and BPM fast. Pulled muscle? ?

Cough on off few days. Today my chest hurt, I tried working out and it was very hard to breathe and there was pain and BPM fast. Pulled muscle? ?

Shortness of breath: Cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath on exertion are symptoms of asthma. Asthma in adult usually starts at your age range, in the 20's and 30's. An allergist or Pulmonologist are specialized in treating this condition. ...Read more

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Chest pain, dizziness, sharp stabbing feeling in my back! When I take a deep breath I cough hard. Could I of pulled a muscle?

Chest pain, dizziness, sharp stabbing feeling in my back! When I take a deep breath I cough hard. Could I of pulled a muscle?

See your Dr.: Coughing when you take a breath is usually a sign of irritation of the airways in your lung, also the sharp stabbing pain could be a sign of lung lining irritation. A blood clot in the lung can cause these symptoms especially if you are short of breath muscle spasm in your back can cause some of your symptoms but should not cause dizziness. Get help. ...Read more

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Can you pull a muscle in your stomach? Hurts when I cough on the right side and when I jump?

Can you pull a muscle in your stomach? Hurts when I cough on the right side and when I jump?

Yes. Ur abdominal-: -muscles R like any others, & can B strained as can any muscle. Can even B due 2 a cough, lifting episode, twisting & many others. This would hurt in the muscle involved. There R many in the abdomen. ...Read more

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I have severe rib area pain after vomitting a few times. It seems like I pulled a muscle but can you pull a muscle in your ribs? It hurts to even brea

I have severe rib area pain after vomitting a few times. It seems like I pulled a muscle but can you pull a muscle in your ribs? It hurts to even brea

Intercostal.: The intercostal muscles are those that are found in between our ribs. With violent coughing or vomiting, it is actually possible to pull one or several of those small and weaker muscles. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pull a muscle in my breast. It hurts when I laugh. Just finished working out.?

Is it possible to pull a muscle in my breast. It hurts when I laugh. Just finished working out.?

Kinda sorta?: Breasts don't have muscles so you didn't pull a "breast muscle." Women have the same muscles (under the breasts) in their chests that men do, so its certainly possible to pull a muscle working out. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Y do I keep getting pain in my breast feels like when u pull a muscle it comes and go could it be that I slept wrong or in it?

I suppose so: Breast is mostly fibroglandular tissue and fat. The muscle is deep the the breast. If your pain is in the breast itself it might be from a cyst or perhaps a mass. Is the pain in one area and if you do self exam do you feel any mass or hard immovable lump? If so you should see a gynecologist or breast surgeon. ...Read more

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I stretched my left arm over my left breast today and I have pain on my upper breast (on the bone) did I pull a muscle? What does this mean?

I stretched my left arm over my left breast today and I have pain on my upper breast (on the bone) did I pull a muscle? What does this mean?

Minimal worries: First of all, breast pain is very unlikely to be associated with anything serious. Cancers, with extremely rare exceptions, do not hurt. You could have pulled a muscle, but your description suggests costochondritis. Cartilege connects ribs to breast bone and it is not unusual for the area where rib and cartilege meet to become inflamed and painful. It is annoying but will gradually go away. ...Read more

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Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. What do you suggest?

Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. What do you suggest?

Physical Therapy: Have you seen a therapist? If you have not, they can be a great resource that is relatively inexpensive. They could perform a deep tissue massage coupled with stim and ultrasound that can serve to improve your symptoms. Ice and activity modification along with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory may help as well. Consult your local ortho for eval and prescriptions. ...Read more

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Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. I'm at my wits end, any advice?

Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. I'm at my wits end, any advice?

Modify activities: Is it work related? If so, can your work be modified to prevent further stress/injury to that area? If it's not work related, try to think of the activity which may be causing it, and try to modify/avoid that. Topical treatments such as aspercreme, capsaicin cream, and voltaren (diclofenac) gel may help. Physical therapy may also be beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I twist there is a pain in my chest. Kinds feels like a muscle strain. Could this be, or something else like acid reflux?

Musculoskeletal pain: If pain provoked by twisting, could be just musculoskeletal pain. Press on the area of pain. If pressing reproduces the pain, that could be it. Should respond to Motrin or Naprosyn (naproxen) available over the counter. Acid reflux responds to Tums and is usually related to food intake and obesity. If you have the latter all the time, see a doctor. May need to screen for H Pylori. ...Read more

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Can you have chest tightness due to muscle strain?

Can you have chest tightness due to muscle strain?

Yes: However, you want to make sure this is not a more serious problem with your heart or lungs. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Yes: CP may be due to several reasons: you may have to rule out heart attack, angina, pericarditis, aneurysms, pneumonia, pleurisy, acid reflux etc get checked some of them can be cured. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Absolutely: Because breathing causes the chest wall to expand and contract and many muscle groups (including muscles between the ribs) are located on the chest wall, a strain of any of these muscles can lead to pain with breathing. ...Read more

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Can chest muscle strain causes arm numbness?

Can chest muscle strain causes arm numbness?

No: You need to uncover the cause of the arm numbness. Some thoughts with chest symptoms, could be pectoralis minor syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, but other nerve issues could be considered. A neurologist may be needed. The muscle strain is most likely secondary to the arm issue. ...Read more

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Having pain in right center breast and top of back had a chest ray good a mamagram good. Could this be a muscle strain?

Having pain in right center breast and top of back had a chest ray good a mamagram good. Could this be a muscle strain?

Could be: Since the MAMMO and the Chest X-ray were normal that is a good sign so far. See your Doc to be safe and they can check your BP and assure it is not atypical Chest pain form your heart with a good History and Physical and possible EKG. If that is all fine too, then most likely this would be Musculoskeletal. Best wishes ...Read more

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Deep tickling itch in upper right chest area and right neck. Dr didn't seem too concerned could this be GERD or muscle strain from doing planks?

Deep tickling itch in upper right chest area and right neck. Dr didn't seem too concerned could this be GERD or muscle strain from doing planks?

Maybe: Lots of possible causes, including GERD and muscle strain could cause this. I would worry if it is a new symptom that it might be the first sign of shingles. If a rash develops, see a doctor. ...Read more

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28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back

28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back

Yes: When exercising did you feel a 'tear or pull' sensation? Is it chest or arm? Perhaps just persistent inflammation of a muscle/ligamentous structure, or nerve. Is it tender to touch? That would indicate a musculoskeletal structure, as opposed to in internal chest structure. Try stretching exercise, and Ibuprofen/naproxen OTC. If severe, or exertional, or associated w/ shortness of breath, see a Dr ...Read more

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Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

Yes: As the muscles of the back and the neck tighten they pull on the muscles of the chest, pull the ribs to a disadvantaged position even for breathing. The pull alone causes tightness, and the pull on the ribs can even change the position of the diaphragm for breathing. Ask your doctors for proper pain medicine, and muscle relaxants and perhaps physical therapy if needed. ...Read more

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Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest (but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest (but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

See below: Neck and upper back pain when you move your chin to your chest can be caused by tight muscles in your neck or from a degenerative disc in you neck. The good news is that this will usually improve on it's own. See your physician if symptoms last greater than 2 weeks ...Read more

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Strong ache under the arm pit on the chest side radiated later to the shoulder blade, then down to make a band on the left upper arm. Pain stronger when standing. Nothing done to cause muscle strain.

Go to the hospital: The symptoms you describe are very concerning given your age. Without something that makes you think of a muscle strain, this is even more concerning. If you are short of breath, nauseated, have palpitations or are sweaty, please seek care immediately. Call 911. This can be a heart attack or a problem with your aorta. I hope it is neither of those things, but you should be seen asap to be sure. ...Read more

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Havin chest n arm pain on left from 4 months hv been to doc got xray blood test ECG BP every thing is normal doc says it's muscle strain? I'm 18

Havin chest n arm pain on left from 4 months hv been to doc got xray blood test ECG BP every thing is normal doc says it's muscle strain? I'm 18

Consider: Seeking a second opinion or visiting a different physician. Four months of arm pain in such a young man may need further investigation. It is common practice to first investigate with simple testing methods. ...Read more

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Left arm squeeze pain, excessive belching, acid reflux, very tight back/neck muscles. Clean holter, chest x-rays, labs 2mth ago. Gerd + muscle strain?

Left arm squeeze pain, excessive belching, acid reflux, very tight back/neck muscles. Clean holter, chest x-rays, labs 2mth ago. Gerd + muscle strain?

Possible: Based on your brief description it is possible that you have muscular pain and gerd. I do not believe this is cardiac. I recommend to reassess your symptoms with your internist. ...Read more

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Muscles hurt, can't stop coughing, chest hurts when I cough and am congested and feel hot and cold.

Muscles hurt, can't stop coughing, chest hurts when I cough and am congested and feel hot and cold.

URI: If otherwise healthy and absent additional information, U R likely harboring an upper respiratory tract infection which may or may not merit antibiosis. Do check your temperature to exclude a febrile illness. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease inflamation of chest muscle they really hurt cause I have had a cold and cough?

What can I do to ease inflamation of chest muscle they really hurt cause I have had a cold and cough?

Musculoskeletal pain: You likely have musculoskeletal pain related to coughing. It will typically slowly be relieved once the coughing stops. In the meantime, Ibuprofen as well as heat to the area can lessen discomfort. If severity increases or it persists after the cough stops or the pain becomes constant, see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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Chest hurts when sit in one position too long. Stretching relieves it. Used to cough before due to allergy. Could it have damaged the rib muscles?

Chest hurts when sit in one position too long. Stretching relieves it. Used to cough before due to allergy. Could it have damaged the rib muscles?

Yes: Coughing can injure the intercostal muscles (between your ribs) and your pain DOES sound muscular. Ibuprofen, naproxen, full dose aspirin, or possibly even acetaminophen, plus rest, heat, massage and time should all help it get better. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more