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I have a sharp pain in my chest when I cough or sneeze. What causes this?

I have a sharp pain in my chest when I cough or sneeze. What causes this?

Possibilities...: This pain is likely musculoskeletal if it is not present all the time. Possible causes include strained muscle, cartilage inflammation or a fractured rib, especially if you have been coughing for a while. Once the cough resolves, this pain will improve over time. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Sharp pain on L follows ribs from back/front. Any Mvmnt, cough, sneeze, breathing causes stabbing pain. Been 3 wks getting worse. No fever, just pain!

Sharp pain on L follows ribs from back/front. Any Mvmnt, cough, sneeze, breathing causes stabbing pain. Been 3 wks getting worse. No fever, just pain!

That's too long: To be in pain. Time to get a check up and see what's going on, and have an abdominal exam done by your doctor. Your history of fibromyalgia and scleroderma may make you more sensitive to the painful stimuli. So it's important to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a sharp pain on my left chest rib side. Its sore when I cough or sneeze. Its been there for about 1 to 2 weeks now. I stopped smoking a week ago due to coughing attacks and pain. What could it be?

Hi, I have a sharp pain on my left chest rib side. Its sore when I cough or sneeze. Its been there for about 1 to 2 weeks now. I stopped smoking a week ago due to coughing attacks and pain. What could it be?

This type of pain: Suggests rib or pleura (the lung and heart lining) problems. My first thought might be a rib fracture. perhaps a fall or injury when you didn't appreciate the severity of the trauma. Or inflammation of pleura from a viral/other infection causing inflammation. You could take ibuprofen in suggested doses for up to a week. If no improvement, see Doc. Take this "silver lining" and stay off cigarettes! ...Read more

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Hello sir. I feel a sudden sharp pain in the middle of my chest when I stretch or suddenly move. I go to the gym about 4 times a week. The pain stays for about 30 minutes. Within that 30 minutes. It hurts if I cough, sneeze or breath deeply. It doesn't h

Hello sir. I feel a sudden sharp pain in the middle of my chest when I stretch or suddenly move. I go to the gym about 4 times a week. The pain stays for about 30 minutes. Within that 30 minutes. It hurts if I cough, sneeze or breath deeply. It doesn't h

Musculoskeletal: Meaning: pain originating from muscles/ligaments/tendons/bones in the middle of your chest, not related to an inner organ like your heart, as it is reproducible by movement not occuring at rest. You need to rest your muscles, apply analgesic cream and warm compresses to the area, and possibly painkillers. If pain persists check with your doctor for further treament, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Severe chest pain when I cough or sneeze, what's wrong?

Severe chest pain when I cough or sneeze, what's wrong?

Chest pain: Multiple possibilities from intercostal muscle pain, through diaphragmatic pain to pleural inflammation and other causes. Get checked out by your dr. To see what's up. ...Read more

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Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

See below: You describe pleurisy or pericarditis. Sometimes intercostal muscular pain can mimic this. If the pain is worse lying down, improved sitting up/forward, it suggest pericarditis. If you have fever/cough, shortness of breath, it suggests pneumonia with pleural involvement. Were your chest xray and ct done recently/for this illness? A cxr, CBC and echo are usual parts of the evaluation. ...Read more

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I suffer with musculoskeletal chest pain is it normal for it to hurt in my chest when I sneeze or cough?

I suffer with musculoskeletal chest pain is it normal for it to hurt in my chest when I sneeze or cough?

Absolutely: Coughing and sneezing both depend upon forceful small muscle contractions in the chest wall. It is typical for these to exacerbate musculoskeletal chest pain. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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Whenever I sneeze, cough or move my left arm I get a chest pain at the upper left side, what could it be? Is it cardio related?

Musculoskeletal: Your discomfort sounds musculoskeletal, not heart. It could be due to a muscle strain/sprain, inflammation, etc. If the pain does not get better in a few days, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Good luck!!! ...Read more

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What could be causing post chest pain on left with coughing sneezing deep breath? Have had cough cold- 4wks no fever no purling drainage thbetter ws

What could be causing post chest pain on left with coughing sneezing deep breath? Have had cough cold- 4wks no fever no purling drainage thbetter ws

Pleurisy: You have classic pleurisy symptoms. This is an infection which can be due to virus, bacteria or mycoplasma. If you've been coughing a lot, you could have a muscular component as well now. If your chest x-ray is clear, you will get better gradually. Take Ibuprofen or Naproxen and be patient. If you haven't had a chest xray, consult your doctor to see if it's necessary after you're examined. ...Read more

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Having constant mild-sharp pain behind right breast for 2 weeks. I sneeze, cough or stretch my upper body I get sharp pain, just sitting around its mild?

Having constant mild-sharp pain behind right breast for 2 weeks. I sneeze, cough or stretch my upper body I get sharp pain, just sitting around its mild?

Pulled muscle: It sounds musculoskeletal like a pulled muscle or sore rib cartilage. Try taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory mess like advil, (ibuprofen) and resting. If it persists see your doctor. ...Read more

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Chest pain in stermun. Hurts when sneeze and cough. The worse pain is when I wake up whole chest and collar bone hurts. Xray was clear?

Chest pain in stermun. Hurts when sneeze and cough. The worse pain is when I wake up whole chest and collar bone hurts. Xray was clear?

Non cardiac: Did you hurt yourself? Did you have fever or cold? If you did not, so It is probably a muscleesqueletal pain which usually improve taking anti inflammatory such ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Cough, sneezing, chest pain, nauseated, headache, dizziness, 96 temp, 77 heartrate, extremely tired, cold sweats waking up. All for more than a week.

Cough, sneezing, chest pain, nauseated, headache, dizziness, 96 temp, 77 heartrate, extremely tired, cold sweats waking up. All for more than a week.

Viral illness?: Sounds like it could be a viral illness. If you're concerned, see your primary care provider soon for a more complete evaluation. Use your best judgment as to whether or not you can wait until next week. Viral illnesses tend to run their course in 7-14 days. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Severe chest pain for over 6mo. Every time I sneeze my chest feels like it's about to burst. Bend over, inhale, cough hurts as well. Bruises afterward?

Severe chest pain for over 6mo. Every time I sneeze my chest feels like it's about to burst. Bend over, inhale, cough hurts as well. Bruises afterward?

Chest wall problem: Hi. There is not enough information here to really guess at a cause. I wish we knew your age; that helps make some more or less likely. Your symptoms sound like some issue with the chest wall, which could include trauma, broken rib, costochondritis, pleuritis, etc, etc. It's been going on for 6 months...probably time to go see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you tell if Have a sinus infection. Do you have greenish mucus and sore throat? Could be reg cold? No fever cough sneeze slight chest pain

Suspicious: Your symptoms are very suspicious. An x-ray of your sinuses would be confirmatory. People with sinus infectioun also often have a feeling of pressure in their face or head and may have a headache. Fever isn't necessary. ...Read more

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Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands, hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands, hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Probably sinus: Your history suggests that you may be suffering from nasal congestion (most likely from allergies) leading to obstruction of the sinus drainage and then infection. Controlling the nasal congestion would be the first step (visit an allergist?). Later on a CT sinus and/or immune work-up may be pursued if indicated. ...Read more

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Dry rough cough fits when take deep breaths, chest pain, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, sneezing, headache, nausea. Ideas?

Dry rough cough fits when take deep breaths, chest pain, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, sneezing, headache, nausea. Ideas?

Flu like illness: It sounds like you have a respiratory infection- whether that's the flu or any one of other germs remains in question. If you see a doctor, they can perform diagnostic tests to help figure out what you have (cultures, blood work, chest X-rays etc). You may have 'reactive airways' - something like asthma that could trigger the paroxysms of cough you describe. Hope you can schedule an apt with doc. ...Read more

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I feel a sharp pain in my chest (xiphoid?) only when sneezing. Coughing or deep breaths cause nothing/very minor discomfort. What may be the problem?

Muscle strain: Greetings. The xiphoid is a location for muscle attachments and it sounds like you may have strained one in this area. See your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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I have been stuffy, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes runny nose and sore thrat all day. I have taken nyquil. Now I am having sharp chest pain. Why?

I have been stuffy, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes runny nose and sore thrat all day. I have taken nyquil. Now I am having sharp chest pain. Why?

Couple possibilities: Sharp chest pain can be a symptom of asthma especially since the other symptoms of runny nose and watery eyes suggest allergies. Asthma and allergies frequently co-occur. Chest pain could be from strained muscles in the chest wall from severe coughing. Less likely possibilities include pneumonia or an air leak from the lungs called pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum. A chest x-ray would help. ...Read more

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Work in very dusty conditions. Sneezing alot. Lately when I sneeze my chest on left side get a quick sharp pain. What could of cause this.

Work in very dusty conditions. Sneezing alot. Lately when I sneeze my chest on left side get a quick sharp pain. What could of cause this.

Pulled muscles: Between the ribs from sneezing. Don't worry it is not serious. Try aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen and see if the inflammation gets better and it doesn't hurt so much. ...Read more

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L have a sharp pain under my breast on the left side when sneezing and coughing also l can, t lye down on the side it hurts. Please help?

L have a sharp pain under my breast on the left side when sneezing and coughing also l can, t lye down on the side it hurts. Please help?

Costochomdritis: Try Motrin it is likely inflammation of the rob due to coughing give it a few days on Motrin 600 to 800 three times a day if no change in 3 or 4 days, have a doctor check it. If it is with exertion, have a doctor check out the heart to rule out serious issues p. ...Read more

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Why chest pain when sneezing and coughing?

Why chest pain when sneezing and coughing?

Costochondritis?: Chest pain during coughing and sneezing can be due to inflammation of the junction of your ribs and cartilage (costochondritis) or a strain of a muscle between ribs. Other issue can cause similar symptoms so if it does not improve, you should see a regular doctor. ...Read more

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What could be causing my sharp chest pain after sneezing?

Several things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I sneezed & got this sharp chest pain that got worse with movement but if I stayed still it wouldn't hurt only lasted 15min wen to ER EKG normal?

I sneezed & got this sharp chest pain that got worse with movement but if I stayed still it wouldn't hurt only lasted 15min wen to ER EKG normal?

Pulled muscle: Sounds like you pulled a muscle in your rib cage sneezing. I'm almost surprised they even did an ekg. It hurts when you move because you are contracting that muscle. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about my dry mouth lasting more than 2 days and frequent coughing sneezing and chest pain?

Should I be concerned about my dry mouth lasting more than 2 days and frequent coughing sneezing and chest pain?

Cold medicine: With the symptoms you are relating, it is likely you are taking a otc remedy for decongestant etc. These are well known to dry out the oral environment. Hydrate well, and if it continues beyond the time of taking meds, see your md. ...Read more

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Out in cold most of night and day and been sneezing and coughing with a little chest pain, sore throat, headache, nausea. Cold or bronchitis?

UpperRespiratoryInfx: Sounds like you're describing an upper respiratory infection, which are mainly caused by viruses, which don't respond to antibiotics, whether you call it a cold or bronchitis. Technically speaking, chronic bronchitis (http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/bronchitis/basics/definition/con-20014956) is diagnosed after productive cough for 3mo in each of last 2yrs. See Family Doc if persists ...Read more