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My Ribs Hurt When I Cough
Muscle strain?: The chest wall is comprised of ribs and muscles. The muscles of the chest can be strained just like any other muscles leading to tears and discomfort. Try antiinflammatory medication and if it persists see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
I have a sharp pain under my right breast almost in my ribs. It hurts when i cough or breath in. Iv had a cough for over ten weeks now?
Intercostal paIn: Excessive coughing often leads to an irritation of the muscles between the ribs or the nerve innervating each rib. Both would give you sharp pain when coughing or , in severe cases, even breathing. This is called intercostal neuralgia. Treatment is either therapy with rib mobilization, or intercostal nerve block. ...Read more
What is wrong with me when I have a cough and my ribs and upper back hurt when i cough/laugh/walk/play sports?
Rib pain...: Sometimes people develop rib fractures without even knowing. Herniated discs in the spine can also occur from strenuous activity. See your physician. An imaging study such as x-ray or MRI may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a sharp, stabbing pain in the lower left area around my ribs. It hurts mostly when i exhale, cough and when i'm standing. What is this?
You need to have : Your doctor evaluate this. A exam will help in diagnosing what i'd going on with you. ...Read more
Hi i'm 29 and for the last two weeks its been a terrible pain on my right side near my ribs& lower back it hurts when i cough& laugh now left side to?
As above: U need to see u physician for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
Musculoskeletal...: This is usually a musculoskeletal pain due to the coughing. Possibilities include muscle strain, inflamed cartilage or even a rib bruise or fracture. All of these will gradually resolve once the coughing completely stops. If your pain does not resolve or if it worsens once you stop coughing, then see your doctor. ...Read more
Chest pain: Pain with breathing is pleurisy. Many different causes and sometimes no clear reason why it is occurring. Forceful coughing can lead to pleuritic pain which can be unilateral or bilateral. Infections and musculoskeletal injuries can cause and mimic (respectively) pleuritic pain. ...Read more
I have been coughing for days @ times to the point when I can't breath. Now I cough & my ribs hurt terribly. Should I be concerned? -M. Forsyth
Yes: Yes, if it were me, I would be concerned. The differential diagnosis includes pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma - all are treated differently. Other less likely possibilities include allergy, foreign body, and then there is a host of rare causes. ...Read more
Musculoskeletal....: The discomfort you describe is likely musculoskeletal pain. The chest wall has bones, muscles, cartilage all of which is subject to muscle strain/sprain, cartilage inflammation and even rib bruise or fracture from excessive coughing. Once the cough is controlled, the musculoskeletal disorder(s) will also be controlled. So, see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment of the cough. ...Read more
Take questran for loose bm. Tingle/brief pains daytime left side upper back. Not at night or when lay down. Today.Top ribs hurt when cough.Related?
Questran: Possible. Questran causes allergies,GI effects gas, bloating, stomach pain; tingling/pain in left back may be allergy or colonic irritation as colon is high in back (almost mid scapula). Timing of the pain to Questran dosing?Same for the rib pain (referred irritation of colon).Alternatively could be viral/bacteria infection(pneumonia-mycoplasma), cold, since you are coughing. F/U w/doc today ...Read more
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