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Why do my ribs hurt when i cough?

Why do 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

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more

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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?

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

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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What is wrong with me when I have a cough and my ribs and upper back hurt when i cough/laugh/walk/play sports?

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 more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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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

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

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, or cough worsens, call dr
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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?

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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