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My Ribs Hurt When I Cough
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
Initially my ribs hurt when I cough, now it hurts if I breathe a little harder and if I raise my arm. What should I do?
I notice slight bruising too
See your Dr. : You may have sustained an injury by coughing. ...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
Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?
What is wrong with me when I have a cough and my ribs and upper back hurt when i cough/laugh/walk/play sports?
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
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
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