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Painful Ribs When Coughing
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
I'm having pain under my right side rib cage that becomes extremely painful when coughing, sneezing, inhaling deeply, or getting up from laying 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
Severe pain under right rib was coughing and felt a pop now it hurts bad tender to the touch hurts when I breath or cough pain goes kinda deep.
Seek help: If your pain is that severe you need to be evaluated in person by a doctor. It could be a rib fracture, or inflammation of the lining of the space around the lungs(though it's a bit atypical for this with pain on touching), a partially collapsed lung(unlikely though) or even an atypical herpes infection. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: One has to find out what is causing pain in order to decide on treatment of it. Things that are under the ribs include the breathing muscles (diaphragm and rib muscles), stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder (which might have gall stones), part of small intestine, part of large intestine, part of the pancreas, etc... If pain comes with breathing, the source could also be ribs and their cartilage. ...Read more
Muscle strain: Abdominal musculature can be agravated withh respirations and movement. Without other symptonms likely the cause but should confirm with physican. ...Read more
Constant chest pain under left breast wheni breathe or lay down. Very tender to lay on or touch . Worsens when coughing or laughing?
Costocondritis : I suspect this is either costochondritis - inflammation in the joint between your sternum and ribs or an intercostal muscle tear. Less likely is a rib fracture. Much of this depends upon your history leading up to this. Have you been coughing? Have you been doing heavy exercise or lifting? Do you have asthma? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more
Musculoskeletal: Upper back pain near the shoulder blade on one side and intensified by sneezing is likely musculoskeletal. In a late 30's male certain labor or sport mechanical muscle stress might cause a nagging pain intensified by movement. Muscle rest is important, and discomfort longer than 2-3 weeks becomes worrisome. If fever, cough, or shortness of breath then is concern for more urgent evaluation. ...Read more
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
Rib pain: What part of the rib hurts? If it's at the front where ribs are connected to sternum via cartilage, there may be inflammation of that junction, called costochondritis. Treatment is NSAID (advil/motrin/aleve/etc) for pain & inflammation. If pain is in shaft of rib, see doc for evaluation for cracked rib, osteoporosis, or other condition affecting ribs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough started 4 days ago Steadily getting worse Sharp pains in chest when coughing only hard to breathe when coughing Worse when laying or out in cold?
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