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My lungs hurt when I cough. What can I do to get better?

My lungs hurt when I cough. What can I do to get better?

As above: If u have not seen u pcp, make sure u see him /her for evaluation and work up. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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What does it mean if my left lung hurts when I cough? My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when I cough. I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

What does it mean if my left lung hurts when I cough? My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when I cough. I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

Let me explain: Pneumonia often mimics the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realize you have a more serious condition. Symptoms can vary depending on your age and general health.
The symptoms:
fever
lower-than-normal body temperature in older people
cough
shortness of breath
sweating
shaking chills
chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy)
headache
muscle pain
fatigue. ...Read more

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Why does my left lung hurt when I cough?

Why does my left lung hurt when I cough?

Cough: This is likely due to a strained muscle due to the coughing itself. Some can even have a small fracture of a rub from coughing so much/hard. If you feel short of breath, then you should be seen, otherwise this should get better as you start coughing less! ...Read more

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I have really bad cough, my lungs hurt sometimes when I cough alot. Also I taste blood in my throat when I cough alot.?

I have really bad cough, my lungs hurt sometimes when I cough alot. Also I taste blood in my throat when I cough alot.?

Irritation: A persistent cough can strain your intercostal muscles, giving you the sense that your lungs hurt, and can irritate your upper airway giving you a bloody taste in your throat. However, if you develop shortness of breath, wheezing, fevers or worsening cough, seek medical attention to rule out pneumonia or other infection. Take Care! ...Read more

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My lungs and throat hurt when I cough and it started really randomly. What could this be?

My lungs and throat hurt when I cough and it started really randomly. What could this be?

Infection: With a virus or bacteria. Most commonly cough with sore throat and chest discomfort is due to a virus. In most young adults without significant medical problems, these respiratory infections clear up on their own. Help your body heal itself by getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of fluids (water, juice, etc.) - avoid too much caffeine. Robitussin DM or Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM can be helpful. ...Read more

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I have asthma and COPD what could cause my lower part of my left lung to hurt when I cough?

I have asthma and COPD what could cause my lower part of my left lung to hurt when I cough?

Neither: However if you have had some violent coughing spells or severe asthma attacks, you might have sprained some of the muscles on the rib cage. Inflammation of the lung lining at that site may also cause pain when coughing. If NSAIDs does not help or the pain gets worse, you would need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and earache, along with multiple swollen glands. The muscles around my kidneys and lungs also hurt when I cough.

I have a sore throat and earache, along with multiple swollen glands. The muscles around my kidneys and lungs also hurt when I cough.

2 problems: sore throat and swollen glands could be mono or strep the pain in your ribs from coughing and or a an enlarged spleen or liver if mono I would get a look by your doctor. Most likely its the lesser of all evils. ...Read more

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Chest hurts when I cough. Coughing up a lot of flem. Feels like needles in my lungs when I cough. Feels like bronchitis.?

Chest hurts when I cough. Coughing up a lot of flem. Feels like needles in my lungs when I cough. Feels like bronchitis.?

Possibly right: Could be bronchitis, could be atypical pneumonia (or walking pneumonia). If you have gotten better then no worries. If you are still sick then you may need antibiotics and/or a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a benign pleura thickening at the lower area of my right lung due to tuberculosis. It hurts when I cough or exert myself. Is surgery advisable?

I have a benign pleura thickening at the lower area of my right lung due to tuberculosis. It hurts when I cough or exert myself. Is surgery advisable?

Non-acute: Pleural thickening does not usually cause symptoms. There is likely another cause which should be investigated. ...Read more

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Diagnosed pneumonia in right lung 3wks ago.1wk ago began having awful pain on left side where ribs are. Only hurts when I cough/sneeze/touch/move wrong?

Diagnosed pneumonia in right lung 3wks ago.1wk ago began having awful pain on left side where ribs are. Only hurts when I cough/sneeze/touch/move wrong?

Get evaluated.: A certain amount of pain where you're discussing could be considered normal as a result of the constant coughing associated with the pneumonia. However, if the pain is worsening at this point, there is shortness of breath, or presence of a fever at this point, you need to be seen in the ER. There can be complications of pneumonia such as empyema, or a consolidation of the infection. ...Read more

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Chest hurts when I cough (have a dry cough) and when I breathe deeply. I feel it in my back too. Lung infection?

Chest hurts when I cough (have a dry cough) and when I breathe deeply. I feel it in my back too. Lung infection?

Pleurisy: Pleurisy is chest pain, often worse with cough or deep inspiration, that results from irritation of the tissues surrounding the lungs. It is most commonly caused by viral infections, especially in young people such as yourself. Other causes include bacterial infections, trauma, autoimmune disorders, tumors and some medications. ...Read more

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My lungs hurt when I breathe deep and when I cough I am a smoker what is it?

My lungs hurt when I breathe deep and when I cough I am a smoker what is it?

Pleurisy,? LungCancer: From virus/autoimmune&smoke toxins driving progressive bronchitis, emphysema, pleurisy & cancer. Amazing issue is how well human immune system can partially protect & minimize symptoms for as long as often (not always) happens yet lung mucociliary cleaning system http://goo. Gl/IXDw19 suppressed by only 1 cig; becomes overwhelmed eventually resulting in above. Get screening: http://goo. Gl/BaVYbF. ...Read more

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What can I do if my chest/lungs always hurt after and I cough a lot too. Is it normal?

What can I do if my chest/lungs always hurt after and I cough a lot too. Is it normal?

Not normal: While cough is common during a cold, coughing that is recurrent or persistent longer than 4-6 weeks is considered chronic and should be evaluated. Chest pain again is not normal. An evaluation that includes both heart and lungs would be common. There are many reasons and the treatment would be specific to each one. ...Read more

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Could a severe cough hurt your lungs?

Could a severe cough hurt your lungs?

Inflammation...: A persistent cough will maintain some inflammation in the airways which can cause bronchospasm and continued cough. This is the reason for a cough to remain even after a bronchitis infection has resolved. The treatment often includes a steroid inhaler to decrease the inflammation as well as a bronchodilator inhaler to relieve bronchospasm. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs hurt when I breath in? I don't have a fever or cough. It also hurts my upper middle back when I blow out.

Lungs hurt: There are several reasons that can cause pain in your lungs when breathing in or out. Trauma to the ribs can cause problems, pleurasy is another cause. Throwing emboli may be another cause. In short see a pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had gastro, today I woke up feeling completely fine. But when I laugh or cough it hurts in my back around lungs area?

Yesterday I had gastro, today I woke up feeling completely fine. But when I laugh or cough it hurts in my back around lungs area?

Gastro: Go back to your gastroenterologist and have him/her check you for a possible complication as a result of the procedure. ...Read more

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I accidentally started a grease fire yesterday anf inhaled a lot of smoke, and today my back and lungs are killing me plus hurts to cough.

I accidentally started a grease fire yesterday anf inhaled a lot of smoke, and today my back and lungs are killing me plus hurts to cough.

Go to ER: You need to be evaluated by a medical professional. You could have serious respiratory problems requiring treatment or observation. Those things are unlikely, but only an evaluation will tell. ...Read more

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Trying to stop smoking. When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. And I want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Trying to stop smoking. When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. And I want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Your lungs. ..: Your lungs are trying to tell you that smoking is really bad for you. Tobacco smoking irritates the airways and often induces chronic bronchitis (aside from chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and lung cancer). The question is not why it does hurt your lungs but why you want to use it? ...Read more

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I have had a cough and my lungs hurt! I was staying in a friends apartment that had black mold all over. Day/night quill is not helping wht to do?

I have had a cough and my lungs hurt! I was staying in a friends apartment that had black mold all over. Day/night quill is not helping wht to do?

Dayquil/Nyquil R not: For allergies. U apparently r allergic to mold & smoking makes u more susceptible to lung irritation by mold. (smoking inhibits lung's ability to flush mold or other foreign material from body). Antihistamines (zyrtec/claritin/ benadryl) may help. If problem worsens, see doc. Mold spores may have entered lungs & taken up residence. ...Read more

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I breathed in toilet bowl fumes while cleaning my tub. I'm breathing shallow, I cough when l take a normal breath and my lungs hurt. What should I do?

I breathed in toilet bowl fumes while cleaning my tub. I'm breathing shallow, I cough when l take a normal breath and my lungs hurt. What should I do?

Chemical asthma: Would go to ER where you can get treatment now. Chemicals especially if used in tight small spaces with limited ventilation can cause a chemical asthma and you may need treatment nebulized medications and steroids. Cough can be an asthma equivalent. So would go to the ER now, breathing is important.

Cleaning, even household, with chemicals should be done with a mask and with good ventilation ...Read more

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Chest/lungs hurt when I force a cough, laugh, or breath deeply. But I don't have a cough or cold or feel sick?

Chest/lungs hurt when I force a cough, laugh, or breath deeply. But I don't have a cough or cold or feel sick?

Pleurisy: Pain with respiration is pleurisy. Many causes and sometimes cause is never found. If not contraindicated then try taking otc nsaids. If you develop other symptoms such as muscle aches/joint swelling or aches/ rash/gi symptoms /etc then make an appointment to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis? What does this mean, (asthma, coughing and flem, no fever pain in, chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesn't stop and fl

Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis? What does this mean, (asthma, coughing and flem, no fever pain in, chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesn't stop and fl

Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Really bad cough ears hurt temperature 99.2 trying to cough it up off of my lungs hard to do?

Really bad cough ears hurt temperature 99.2 trying to cough it up off of my lungs hard to do?

Cough: Steam yourself with a hot shower, use a vaporizer when sleeping and using several pillows. Drink plenty of fluids like tea and honey and don't forget the old standby, chicken soup. ...Read more

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When I cough n breath in deep from asthma my left lung area hurts bad. What could be causing this?

When I cough n breath in deep from asthma my left lung area hurts bad. What could be causing this?

Asthma: This may mean that your asthma is not well controlled and needs better control, consult an allergist to help you, especially that you suffer from allergies too, as they are both related. ...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