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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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 am having bad pain on left side when I cough or sneeze. It's been like this for a little over a month. What is this and do I need to see a doctor?

I am having bad pain on left side when I cough or sneeze. It's been like this for a little over a month.  What is this and do I need to see a doctor?

See doctor: You don't tell us your age, or where the pain is. On the left side of what? Chest? Head? Abdomen? Pelvis? If you have persistent chest pain on coughing or sneezing, see a doctor. Possibilities range from trivial (strained muscle) to annoying (fractured rib) to life-threatening (malignancy in rib or pleura). ...Read more

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I have pain in my left side when coughing.

I have pain in my left side when coughing.

Hard to say: Respiratory infections such as a pneumonia can cause similar symptoms. If it does not get better, you should probably be checked. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have pain in the left side when coughing?

What does it mean if you have pain in the left side when coughing?

Musculoskeletal...: This is usually a musculoskeletal pain due to the coughing. Possibilities include muscle strain, inflamed cartilage or even a rib 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

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I have real bad pain on the left side when I cough or sneeze on rib cage ?

I have real bad pain on the left side when I cough or sneeze on rib cage ?

Rib fracture or....: any trauma? if not could be a pulled intercostal muscle from a sneeze or cough..REALLY painful but it will go away. ...Read more

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What ca cause lower abdominal pain on my left side when I cough?

What ca cause lower abdominal pain on my left side when I cough?

LLQ pain on coughing: May be from constipation, diverticulitis( pain on pressing?), ovaries/vagina( discharge? ovulation?pain on pressing?). Sometime musculoskeletal if very active or hernia Would make sure not constipated and then consider possible CT if persists and you are not pregnant f/u w/ doc ...Read more

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I have lower pelvic pain on left side. it hurts to lie straight or bent hurts to stand up and especially cough?

I have lower pelvic pain on left side. it hurts to lie straight or bent hurts to stand up and especially cough?

Pain with cough: The fact that the pain increases when you cough is concerning. Are you pregnant? Could you have an ectopic pregnancy? Have you had any blood through vagina? You need to get checked out asap, a local emerg would be great. ...Read more

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Got dull aching pain on left side in middle of my back. Sharp pain comes when take deep breaths or cough.

Muscle spasm/strain: Hi, it seems you have a muscle strain= pulled muscle, you need to take Ibuprofen, decrease the activities which make it worse, try some stretch exercises, use Ice/Heat pack, if not better see your MD. ...Read more

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I m 41yrs, suffering from dry cough with extreme pain on left side ribs or don't know where. Taking pain killer sos &cough syrup.

I m 41yrs, suffering from dry cough with extreme pain on left side ribs or don't know where. Taking pain killer sos &cough syrup.

See PCP or Dr. soon: If your dry could and painful ribs aren't resolved with cough syrup, it's time to see your pcp to find out what is going on. Your sore ribs are probably from coughing so much, but you need to see whether it's an upper respiratory infection, or something more severe needing a chest xray. Your pcp can examine you more closely to determine the cause, and help with the pain. ...Read more

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I have a bad pain on left side right below ribs.its just a ache but extremely hurts when i cough.what could it be?will it go away without goin to doctor?

I have a bad pain on left side right below ribs.its just a ache but extremely hurts when i cough.what could it be?will it go away without goin to doctor?

Could be many things: It's hard to know exactly where the pain is coming from without an exam... could be from your intestines or other internal organs, could be a muscle spasm, could be your lungs. I suggest getting seen by a doctor if it is continuing for another day or so. Sooner if it's getting worse or if you get a fever, worse cough, or vomiting. Good luck! ...Read more

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