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Every time I cough my left side of my head hurts. Why? I'm not coughing hard I have not been sick...

Every time I cough my left side of my head hurts. Why? I'm not coughing hard I have not been sick...

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...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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I have a very bad flu. Every time I cough or make any physical effort where I am breathing harder than normal, my chest really hurts. Is this normal?

I have a very bad flu. Every time I cough or make any physical effort where I am breathing harder than normal, my chest really hurts. Is this normal?

Concerned: Sometimes the flu can cause respiratory pain and sometimes it can cause pneumonia. Perhaps having a doctor check your vital signs and listen to your lungs will lead you to more clarification? Good luck ...Read more

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Fx rib yrs ago NOW every time I get cough etc it flares, hurts, hard to deep breathe for wks! Is that a muscle or cartilage? I do have MG & osteoporosis

Fx rib yrs ago NOW every time I get cough etc it flares, hurts, hard to deep breathe for wks! Is that a muscle or cartilage? I do have MG & osteoporosis

Possible fibrous --: -union. Or non union of the fracture. Or can be costochrondritis (sp). This is where the bone of the ribs connects to the cartilage of the rib cage that is attached to the sternum. To be sure, you can start with your PCP & get referred if needed. ...Read more

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I been having pain the last month of two in my ribcage it hurt's when I cough?

I been having pain the last month of two in my ribcage it hurt's when I cough?

Rib pain w/cough: Hurt when you press? Can be costochondritis, inflammation of the junction of rib and breast bone, Started after the coughing started? Could be due to sprain of muscles between ribs from coughing. May need antibiotics for cough, if coughing a month, consider Zpak for atypicals. Does it hurt when you just breathe? Are you on BCP? Smoke? Rarely could be clot in lung, if so f/u today w/doc urgent care ...Read more

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What causes muscle cramps in my ribcage area the only way to make them stop is to cough hard and exhale very slowly?

What causes muscle cramps in my ribcage area the only way to make them stop is to cough hard and exhale very slowly?

Many possibilities: Be sure to be screened for lung cancer. Generally muscle cramps are caused by dehydration and deficiencies in potassium and magnesium in the muscles and too much calcium and sodium. Cadmium in cigarette smoke increases calcium in the muscles. If you are interested in smoke cessation see kelly mcgonigal's book the will power instinct. ...Read more

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There is a sharp pain under left ribcage hurts to move, inhale and cough or sneeze?

There is a sharp pain under left ribcage hurts to move, inhale and cough or sneeze?

Muscle Pain: Most likely this is a muscle sprain. This should be treated with rest and a nsaids. If this does not improve with these remedies then you need to go and see an urgent care clinic just to be sure. ...Read more

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I've had a persistent cough for almost a week. And yesterday the left side of my ribcage under my breast hurts when I breath or cough.?

I've had a persistent cough for almost a week. And yesterday the left side of my ribcage under my breast hurts when I breath or cough.?

Cough/ribcage pain: You should get an evalution to rule out pneumonia with pleurisy. This would include an exam of your lung fields and a chest xray. ...Read more

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I have a caught that's been lasting over a week now and every time I cough my kidney hurt. I also have bad kidney working at 30%?

I have a caught that's been lasting over a week now and every time I cough my kidney hurt. I also have bad kidney working at 30%?

Cough and pain: Your pain on coughing is due to your muscles involved with the cough process. If you have that bad a cough, you should see a physician and/or get an x-ray to make sure you do not have a pneumonia. Your poor kidney function (kf) of 30% at your age is concerning. Have you seen a nephrologist (n) to see what the cause it and if your low kf can be improved? Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had some pain in my lower back and recently am getting over from being sick, every time I cough it hurts across my whole lower back?

I have had some pain in my lower back and recently am getting over from being sick, every time I cough it hurts across my whole lower back?

Back Pain: There are many different reasons for back pain, if you were recently sick then may be related to that, depending on what sickness you had, often you get body aches including back pain when you're not feeling well. Coughing can sometimes strain the back muscles. Would suggest warm compresses, rest, lmassages, gentle stretches & if not improving then see your Dr. ...Read more

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My chest hurts every time I cough. And I feel like its mucus. Is there any way to remove it?

My chest hurts every time I cough. And I feel like its mucus. Is there any way to remove it?

Yes: See your primary care physician to determine if treatment requires antibiotic regimen. They may do a chest x ray. I you are having shortness of breath or fever to the point you it's slowing you from normal function levels would recommend you go to urgent care to speed up treatment. You want to avoid a full bronchitis or pneumonia. In all this breathing treatments are available. Take care. ...Read more

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I have had a severe cough about 4 weeks, now every time I cough my upper back hurts?

I have had a severe cough about 4 weeks, now every time I cough my upper back hurts?

Cough: It is time to go and be evaluated. With all the coughing you have likely strained some muscles but it could be pain from the lung lining as well. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 3 weeks and today I suddenly feel a sharp pain on my left side every time I cough it hurts more, around my chest near my arm?

I have been coughing for 3 weeks and today I suddenly feel a sharp pain on my left side every time I cough it hurts more, around my chest near my arm?

Strained muscle: Cough can strain your muscles. It sounds like your case. You may want to see your doc to get your cough under control and be examined for the cause of your pain as well. ...Read more

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I was playing Squash and hit the wall really hard with my shoulder. Every time I cough etc. I have a shooting pain on inner shoulder blade area.?

I was playing Squash and hit the wall really hard with my shoulder. Every time I cough etc. I have a shooting pain on inner shoulder blade area.?

Hopefully muscular: How long has this pain lasted? If only a few days, hopefully it is only a muscular strain. There are a lot of muscles around shoulder blade. If hurting for a week or more, should see doctor/maybe have x-Ray, etc. ...Read more

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I've had chronic cough 4 over 15 ys, with mucus every time I cough or even sneeze hard. Got worse recently, I sound like an old harmonica when I caugh?

I've had chronic cough 4 over 15 ys, with mucus every time I cough or even sneeze hard. Got worse recently, I sound like an old harmonica when I caugh?

See doctor: There are many potential causes for your problem but asthma and/or allergic rhinitis (hay fever) with or without sinus infection would be the 3 most likely ones. If you are a smoker, stop it immediately. If you are not, consider seeing an allergist. A lung function test is a must. Do note that most cases of chronic cough are caused by more than a single disease entity. ...Read more

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Every time I cough/laugh hard, I have bladder leakage. Why is it happening all the time? How do I stop it? I'm only 28, too young for bladder problems

Every time I cough/laugh hard, I have bladder leakage. Why is it happening all the time? How do I stop it? I'm only 28, too young for bladder problems

Need examination 1st: For this issue, you really need to see your gynecologist for a thorough examination. Only then can you know what's causing this bladder leakage, and get expert recommendations individualized to you. Further testing or consultations may also be suggested -- can be done as needed. Be well. ...Read more

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Every time I cough both my biceps really hurt. When I sneeze it feels as if the inside of my bones are being ripped out. Why do I get these feelings?

Every time I cough both my biceps really hurt. When I sneeze it feels as if the inside of my bones are being ripped out. Why do I get these feelings?

Infection?: Sounds very similar to complaints people have with a viral infection. Joint and muscle aches with coughing or sneezing. Seeing your primary care doctor would be best. ...Read more

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24 weeks pregnant suffering from cough. Every time I cough, I feel like it tears up my tummy and it hurt so bad. What should I do?

24 weeks pregnant suffering from cough. Every time I cough, I feel like it tears up my tummy and it hurt so bad. What should I do?

Painful Cough: Rib pain with coughing is not unusual with a persistent cough. In the case of a second trimester pregnancy, the added pressure of the uterus against the ribs combined with soreness from coughing can make each subsequent cough even more painful. There are some things to try. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water. Inhale steam, run the shower hot and hang out in the bathroom. Acetaminophen sparingly. ...Read more

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My throat keeps hurting and I keep taking cough medicine. But the next week its back and every time I cough it hurts really bad?

My throat keeps hurting and I keep taking cough medicine. But the next week its back and every time I cough it hurts really bad?

Need to find source.: Cough medicine is meant only to suppress a cough and only minimally successful at that. Every OTC med has the same ingredient for cough so changing will not make much difference. If throat pain is main issue need to determine cause. A culture can ID an infection but chronic post nasal drip or reflux can give throat pain. If cough is main issue it can cause the throat pain and need to find cause. ...Read more

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I have a cold and every time I cough it hurts my belly and back I am 31 weeks will be 32 weeks on monday my baby is breech is it normal for these pain?

I have a cold and every time I cough it hurts my belly and back I am 31 weeks will be 32 weeks on monday my baby is breech is it normal for these pain?

See an obstetrician: When pregnant a variety of conditions can create pain and discomfort. It is always preferable to err on the side of safety, both for you and your baby. Go and see a professional and be examined and reassured.. ...Read more

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Every time I cough my head hurts more in the same spot. I have a brain mri scheduled, is it safe to take antihistamine to stop cough? I’m concerned.

Cough: To suppress a dry hacking cough it is safe for you to take an antihistamine combined in cough syrup that has dextromethorphan (antihistamine DM elixir). The antihistamine may cause some drowsiness. You can ask your pharmacist to recommend one. Claritin is a non drowsy antihistamine but on its own, may not suppress a hacking cough. ...Read more

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When I cough, my left ovary hurts. I feel a sharp pain every time. Why? How can I treat it?

When I cough, my left ovary hurts. I feel a sharp pain every time. Why? How can I treat it?

Unsure why: If this is a new development and only lasts a few days, it may be related to a normal ovarian cyst. Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok to take in the short term. If the pain is severe or if this has been going on for more than a few weeks, then you should be seen by your gynecologist for an exam. ...Read more