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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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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 a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.

I have a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.

Chest pain/coughing: Be examined again. Either the infection has not resolved or your cough has strained your chest and it is chest wall pain. All the best. ...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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31 Wks preg. flu for 5days now no improvement. Now sudden pain on left side of my back just under rib hurts to cough ect . No fever w/severe chills?

31 Wks preg. flu for 5days now  no improvement.  Now  sudden pain on left side of my back just under rib hurts to cough ect . No fever w/severe chills?

Call your Dr(s): You really need to contact your OBGYN to be sure whatever you do for the flu is safe and you need treatment for the flu - if that's what it is. 5 days of such distress and pain is not good for you and probably not for the baby either. Get treated ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When coughing or sneezing, i feel a sharp pain on left side of my lower back. No fever or anything. Just pain when i sneeze or cough. What could it be?

When coughing or sneezing, i feel a sharp pain on left side of my lower back. No fever or anything. Just pain when i sneeze or cough. What could it be?

? a pulled muscle : If the pain is so localized and is reproducible, if it spreads or changes in nature, then you may want to see your doctor, otherwise it will resolve on its own, you can use some warm compresses on the area or some local analgesic gels, best wishes ...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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I have severe pain on left side of stomach underib cage. Pain with touch, standing, sitting, laugh, cough, sneeze.

I have severe pain on left side of stomach underib cage. Pain with touch, standing, sitting, laugh, cough, sneeze.

See your provider: With the pain associated with movement of the abdominal wall it is probably musculoskeletal pain but you should be seen to rule out other more serious possibilities. You should get in to see your doctor who will take a good history, do an exam, and order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Diagnosed pneumonia in right lung 3wks ago.1wk ago began having awful pain on left side where ribs are.only hurts when I cough/sneeze/touch/move wrong?

Get evaluated.: A certain amount of pain where you're discussing could be considered normal as a result of the constant coughing associated with the pneumonia. However, if the pain is worsening at this point, there is shortness of breath, or presence of a fever at this point, you need to be seen in the ER. There can be complications of pneumonia such as empyema, or a consolidation of the infection. ...Read more

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I've had a productive cough for nearly 6 months, as well as chest pain on left side of breast bone. 27 year-old male, who smoked for a year. Cancer?

I've had a productive cough for nearly 6 months, as well as chest pain on left side of breast bone. 27 year-old male, who smoked for a year. Cancer?

Possible, but doubt: Lung cancer can occur in 27 yrs old who smokes, but chance is very low. Even if it is cancer, not likely from smoking at this point. If having lung cancer is causing severechest pain, you likely have other symptoms as well..Wt loss, fatigue/malaise, coughing, night sweat etc...So, your symptom of pain likely musculoskeletal strain/sprain. Please see doc for eval..U should stop smoking! good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I cough when i lie on my left side?

Aspiration ?: You may be aspirating when coughing while lying on one side. This can be due to many factors, but best to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist to see if a mechanical problem is present. ...Read more

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Why do I cough more when i lay on my left side?

Why do I cough more when i lay on my left side?

Cough on left side: Stuff drains from right lung into left and you cough. Check with your Dr. to see what is going on. ...Read more

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What causes pain in the upper left side of my back when I cough?

What causes pain in the upper left side of my back when I cough?

Pain with cough: Pain in the back with cough can have several causes, including muscle strain, inflammation and infections such as pneumonia. Best to see a doctor for examination. ...Read more