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What could cause pain in right side of rib cage when I cough?

What could cause pain in right side of rib cage when I cough?

Ur cough may B due-: -2 pneumonia & pleurisy may B a czuse. Strain of the intercostal muscles can also B a cause. If Ur cough is productive & has gone on 4 a while, best 2 C Ur PCP 4 eval. ...Read more

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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Rib cage pain and phlegm when I cough. Is this bronchitis?

Rib cage pain and phlegm when I cough. Is this bronchitis?

Could be: If you have cough with production of sputum accompanied by chest pain could be many things among them bronchitis being one. Other possibilities are pneumonia, self limiting upper respiratory tract infection. The list is long. If the symptom persists, the best thing to do is to see your pcp. ...Read more

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I have really bad pain on my right rib cage I had a really bad cough but now is not as bad?

I have really bad pain on my right rib cage I had a really bad cough but now is not as bad?

Strained rib: The coughing irritated the rib and the attachements- it will be sore for a bit-. Ribs are best used to have on a bbq and not to cause pain in- so, stop coughing so hard and bbq more. ...Read more

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Had a cough for a couple of days now rib cage aches. What do you suggest I do for the pain?

Had a cough for a couple of days now rib cage aches. What do you suggest I do for the pain?

NSAIDs and rest: Sounds like you strained a muscle between your ribs. If you have no problems with your stomach and kidneys, take an anti-inflammatory such as aleve (naproxen) with food. Also, if you have to cough or take a deep breath, hug a pillow to avoid excessive motion in your ribs. Avoid exertion as this will also stress your ribs and the muscles in between. ...Read more

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Pain on the left and right of rib cage but hurts more on the right when I cough, I also get hot sweat.

Pain on the left and right of rib cage but hurts more on the right when I cough, I also get hot sweat.

Pulled muscle: Must likely, you have pulled a muscle in your chest. These heel on their own over about a 2-4 week period. ...Read more

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I had a sudden pain under left rib cage when I cough/move. Its my second day of pain. And What could be the cause of it? I hopes its nothing serious.

I had a sudden pain under left rib cage when I cough/move. Its my second day of pain. And What could be the cause of it? I hopes its nothing serious.

Stress fracture: It's very possible you have suffered from a insufficiency fracture of the rib. There are a lot of people who suffer ripped fractures from degrees of severity. Has to take a while to heal and that should return to normal ...Read more

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I have pain undernearth my right rib cage, most the times I feel it when I am cough or when I lay down especial on my right side what could be the cau?

Right rib cage pain: Could be gallbladder, check sonongram or liver. Has been seen with lung pathology like pneumonia or may be inflammation of pleura the membrane covering organs (lung, heart), rarely lesion or autoimmune. Check liver function tests, sonogram, CXR. F/u w/doc /urgent care. ...Read more

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When I cough, I feel like I'm having a Charlie Horse under my left rib cage. What could it be?

When I cough, I feel like I'm having a Charlie Horse under my left rib cage. What could it be?

It is: Likely you hurt your muscles between ribs, they shuld be sore. Try to stop the cough not only by suppresing it but check the source of it. ...Read more

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When I cough or take a deep breathe I get a pain in my left side below my rib cage what does this mean?

When I cough or take a deep breathe I get a pain in my left side below my rib cage what does this mean?

Chest pain...: This could be a musculoskeletal pain that happens after a workout or a sudden movement. If this is associated with a cough, shortness of breath or fever, I would recommend having a chest xray to exclude some lung diseases like pneumonia, pleural effusion...Etc. ...Read more

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I was just in a car wreck and now when I cough I feel soreness near my rib cage and my back on the upper left side.

I was just in a car wreck and now when I cough I feel soreness near my rib cage and my back on the upper left side.

Get checked out: It coiuld be a sprain or a fractured rib or some other internal injury to the lungs. You need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Really bad pain under left rib cage and around back, started from a bad cough, has been 4 weeks and not getting any better even though cough stopped,?

Really bad pain under left rib cage and around back, started from a bad cough, has been 4 weeks and not getting any better even though cough stopped,?

Likely muscle: During and after a bad cough you can pull a muscle between your ribs or aggravate an abdominal muscle. If no shortness of breath and no history of blood clots, likely not a blood clot in your lungs. Other causes are pleurisy which is inflamed lining of the lung due to infection and possible swollen spleen from virus. Pleurisy and muscle inflammation improve with Motrin. Rash? Think shingles. ...Read more

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Tough: How long has problem occurred? Could be many causes. Early shingles, spasms between ribs, irritation at rib/cartilage junction, something going on in lung base, somatic (muscles and connective tissue). You are going to need to get this one checked out. ...Read more

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Pain below rib cage: Could be gas in colon or lung issues infection versus clot, (especially if on birth control and smoke), or spleen if had injury, or kidney stone / or gastritis / GERD. Since there is concern o f clot would f/u/ w/ doc / urgent care ER today. ...Read more

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Hi, I am female. I am having a pain in my upper rt side of my abdomen and my rib cage. The pain is getting worse by cough, deep breath or lying down.

Hi, I am female. I am having a pain in my upper rt side of my abdomen and my rib cage. The pain is getting worse by cough, deep breath or lying down.

More info?: Is it sharp or achy? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Any fevers? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Need a bit more info? Possible causes: gallbladder? Pneumonia? Ge issues? Muscle strain? Kidney? ...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 can cause extreme pain at the bottom of my rib cage only when I cough or sneeze?

A sure Dx may need: Imaging of some type or at least a direct exam might be needed to know for sure, but if there is no pain otherwise, it could be an internal bruise or soft tissue injury from excessive coughing or sneezing. People can pull muscles through those when they are violent. A binding (not too tight) might minimize the pain. Ask your provider to check it out and offer advice based on findings. Good luck. ...Read more

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For the past couple of days my rib cage on both sides have been very painful. It hurts to cough, sneeze and even move my torso?

Costochondritis: Treatment consists of local heat, analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, or local steroid injections. These usually relieve symptoms. Most often the pain subsides after a few weeks or months but swelling may remain for a longer period of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a persistent cough that has got progressively worse, I have hot flushes and also pain and discomfort in back at bottom of rib cage.?

I have had a persistent cough that has got progressively worse, I have hot flushes and also pain and discomfort in back at bottom of rib cage.?

Possibilities...: The possibilities for a cough of over 3 weeks duration are bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors. The pain in the rib cage is probably musculoskeletal from the cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment as all of these have different treatments. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in back right behind my rib cage shoulder blade area, doesn't hurt to breath but hurts to cough or move in certain directions?

Need more info: I will need more info re this pain. How long present? Did you injure yourself in any way, lifting, stumbling, carry a heavy weight, etc?? You may have partially moved a rib out of place, but that is only one possibility. Does the pain respond to ice application? Heat? If it persists, should be checked by physician. ...Read more

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I have COPD and cough all the time due to this I now have a rather large hernia on my left side over my rib cage. When I cough I feel like I am being stabbed and it is quite painful to the touch. Help?

I have COPD and cough all the time due to this I now have a rather large hernia on my left side over my rib cage. When I cough I feel like I am being stabbed and it is quite painful to the touch. Help?

See a surgeon: If you truly have a hernia it sounds as if it may need surgical correction. Do this quickly. A viscus may become entrapped in the hernia and create a potentially life-threatening situation. Hope you improve quickly. ...Read more

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I fell from 2m height 2 days ago got xrays done evey thing seemed ok. This morming I felt something pop in the back of my ribcage and now its painfull to cough, sneaze or even take deep breaths. The pain is in the back of rib cage at bottom side.

I fell from 2m height 2 days ago got xrays done evey thing seemed ok. This morming I felt something pop in the back of my ribcage and now its painfull to cough, sneaze or even take deep breaths. The pain is in the back of rib cage at bottom side.

R/O STRESS FRACTURE: You need to rule out a stress fracture of the ribs. Get CXR AND RIB X-RAY. If negative a bone scan is indicated. It takes awhile to heal and you may need pain medication and close follow up. If healing is delayed you can have PRP = PLATELET RICH PLASMA TO EXPEDITE HEALING. ...Read more

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Sharp pain within the past few hours, it feels like it is the back of my right rib cage, only sore when I stand up or cough, should I be worried?

Sharp pain within the past few hours, it feels like it is the back of my right rib cage, only sore when I stand up or cough, should I be worried?

Muscle strain?: Try hot moist packs ; tylenol- no G.I. Symptoms? (gall bladder?)- if no relief 2-3 hours see pcp or go to er only if your getting worse. ...Read more

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Have pain in my muscle under my left rib cage, pulled or did something at work, it also hurts when I breathe and cough, I don't think it is a broken r?

3 possibilities: Costochondritis: the place where the bony rib meets the cartilage rib can become injured and painful. Not broken unless major trauma or defect in rib.

Intercostal muscle strain: the muscle between the ribs can be torn and painful.

Pleurisy: The lung tissue can pull away from the chest wall and become painful.

All 3 are benign and should heal in 4-6 weeks. NSAIDs like Advil (ibuprofen) will help. ...Read more