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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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Why does my neck hurt when i cough?

Why does my neck hurt when i cough?

Neck pain and cough: You probably pulled a muscle in the neck when you strained to cough. Take some Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) and put some warm compresses on the areas that hurts take some over the counter delsym to suppress your cough. Feel better! in good health. ...Read more

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I have been coughing a lot. Back of my neck hurts when i cough and my head is throbbing. Also weird pains all over head. Could this be from a cold?

I have been coughing a lot. Back of my neck hurts when i cough and my head is throbbing.  Also weird pains all over head. Could this be from a cold?

Bronchitis : It could be bronchitis. That may be accompanied by sore throat, sinus symptoms and pain and runny nose which could be a cold accompanying bronchitis. Likely to be viral with no need for antibiotics. Take acetaminophen two to three times daily, drink fluids, rest and it should improve. ...Read more

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Feel like something is in middle of my throat , near right side of neck, hurts when I cough or touch it. Have rhinitis. How do rid of it?

Feel like something is in middle of my throat , near right side of neck, hurts when I cough or touch it. Have rhinitis. How do rid of it?

Sore throat: Your sore throat is probably being caused by your post nasal drip. I don't know it is from allergies or a cold or both. Talk to your doc about it. In the meantime you can take a mild painkiller such as Ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me why does my neck hurt when i laugh, cough and breathe deeply?

Doctors can you tell me why does my neck hurt when i laugh, cough and breathe deeply?

Herniated Disk: Coughing and laughing that results in pain suggests a herniated disk, this will not generally be anything that will harm you in the long run. That said, if there is any perceived weakness or ascending numbness in the legs or arms, that would be of concern. If you are worried I would suggest you see your doctor for further workup with imaging like Xray or MRI. ...Read more

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Right side of neck and ribs Hurt when cough sneeze lay on the right side and whemn I take deep or semi deedeep breath and its getting worse?

Right side of neck and ribs Hurt when cough sneeze lay on the right side and whemn I take deep or semi deedeep breath and its getting worse?

Injury?: If there's no chance that you've injured yourself (?), meaning a muscular or skeletal contusion or fracture, the next most likely cause is pleurisy. If you have fever, it is more serious as that would suggest parenchymal lung involvement. If you have no fever, NSAIDs like Advil or Aleve (naproxen) are a good treatment. It will take time to resolve but should get better. If not, get checked for rare causes. ...Read more

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The back of my neck hurts really bad when I cough. What can I do to stop the pain?? I have bronchitis and swollen lymph nods my dr said yesterday.

The back of my neck hurts really bad when I cough.  What can I do to stop the pain?? I have bronchitis and swollen lymph nods my dr said yesterday.

Pain relief: Try tylenol 325 mg , 1-2 tabs every 4- 6 hours as needed or ibuprofen 600 mg every 6 hours as needed ( with food) . It should get better as cough improves in next few days or weeks. ...Read more

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Fell snowboarding 3 days ago. Pain in lower right clavicle and neck. Hurts most when I sleep, cough, or certain movements. Any ideas?

Fell snowboarding 3 days ago. Pain in lower right clavicle and neck. Hurts most when I sleep, cough, or certain movements. Any ideas?

See below: Sounds like you may have whiplash. This can occur with falls. You likely strained your neck muscles, but it's also possible to injure the joints, discs, or nerves in the neck. This will result in referred pain to the neck and/or shoulder. Be sure to see a physician for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Cough and my neck and head hurts what could it be?

Cough and my neck and head hurts what could it be?

URI: You could have an upper respiratory infection involving your sinuses along with swollen lymph glands. See your doctor for help. ...Read more

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I have a cold and when i cough my shoulder side and neck hurts ? What. Could this be!

I have a cold and when i cough my shoulder side and neck hurts ? What. Could this  be!

Chest infection: Possible causes are pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining on the lung surface, or pneumonia. Might also be muscle strain from coughing. Would suggest a chest exam to ensure there is no infection. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the back of my neck going up to my head. It hurts when i cough. What is the cause.

I have a pain in the back of my neck going up to my head. It hurts when i cough. What is the cause.

Neck strain or disc : Need traction use inversion table daily for 15-20 minutes will relax the neck by traction- there are other inexpensive traction device like trueback, proneck which also helps. Take orally anti- inflammatory medication like magnesium salicylate which is otc and helps relax muscles. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?

I have been coughing for 3 days. When I coughing neck hurts I cough up cloudy phelm and seep urine when I cough?

Spasm: Cough has many causes but common reasons would be a bout of upper respiratory tract infection. Reported coughing can cause neck muscle spasms leading to neck pain and in your case the seeping of it one can be related to the rise in pressure inside the abdomen from coughing. You need to check for stress incontince with your doctor and manage the cough. ...Read more

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I have a specific spot on the back of my head that hurts when i cough what is this? Its a sharp down lower toward the center of my neck on the right side. Its not my neck

I have a specific spot on the back of my head that hurts when i cough what is this? Its a sharp down lower toward the center of my neck on the right side. Its not my neck

Trapezius: Your trapezius muscle runs well down your back and up into your neck. Because it makes up part of the musculature around your rib cage, it can get strained from coughing. This may cause you pain anywhere along the muscle including all the way up to where it inserts at the base of your skull in the back. ...Read more

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For 2 days now I have been having neck pains it also hurts inside also I have a cough and my nose is stopped up but no mucus please help?

For 2 days now I have been having neck pains it also hurts inside also I have a cough and my nose is stopped up but no mucus please help?

URI symptoms: Upper respiratory infection causes inflammation of Throat= Soreness,Pharynx and Bronchi =Cough,Nose and sinuses= Congestion. Commonly Viral; can be Bacterial requiring Antibiotic treatment.Smoking irritates the inner lining of UR Tract so you get excessive mucus production and loner time to recover. Use Steam inhalation, Antihistaminics, Vit, C, Advil (ibuprofen) . Try to quit smoking. ...Read more

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I am experiencing major pain in my neck. It hurts to cough, because of a stinging pain in my cervical vertebrate. Do you know what this could be?

See doctor: Since much of the nerve pathway goes through the neck area if this pain has been going on for more than a few days or is getting worse, you need to consult your doctor immediately . An orthopedist would be the preferred specialist. I don't know what the cause is (trauma or injury?) but whatever it is , it needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Comments: Would suggest you likely have either an upper respiratory tract infection or asthma, and this could readily be controlled. The cough probably exacerbates the neck which triggers the headaches. All of this could readily be addressed by your regular doctor. ...Read more