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My rib hurts after a coughing fit does not hurt to touch hurts when coughing or sneezing?

My rib hurts after a coughing fit
does not hurt to touch
hurts when coughing or sneezing?

Coughing: It is rare, but possible to crack a rib with severe coughing. Okay to get a chest x-ray. Okay to get evaluated for chronic sinusitis as a cause of your cough. Good luck. ...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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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. ?

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

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Sore rib under left breast, hurts when i breath, not as bad when i'm standing, excruciating pain.

Sore rib under left breast, hurts when i breath, not as bad when i'm standing, excruciating pain.

Concerned: You need an evaluation by a physician immediately. I'm concerned you might have a pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, or something else just as serious. ...Read more

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Muscle behind ribs popping when coughing ?

Muscle behind ribs popping when coughing ?

No worries: Simply some inflammation (costochondritis) that will resolve with time. You can help it along the way with a little anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Pain below sternum. Hurts when I breathe?

Pain below sternum. Hurts when I breathe?

Seek help: With or without trauma, anything that hurts when you breathe is going to have adverse consequences ( you can't hold your breath until the problem resolves...). ...Read more

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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.

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.

Broken rib?: Very vigorous coughing can actually fracture a rib. That might have happened. Alternatively, you could have suffered a dislocation of the joint where the rib meets the breast bone. An X-ray is needed to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hurts badly on my right side rib cage to breath, sneeze, cough or even spit. Tender to the touch.

Hurts badly on my right side rib cage to breath, sneeze, cough or even spit. Tender to the touch.

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

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What causes Pain below rib cage? Hurts when I breathe

What causes Pain below rib cage? Hurts when I breathe

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

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Why chest pain when sneezing and coughing?

Why chest pain when sneezing and coughing?

Costochondritis?: Chest pain during coughing and sneezing can be due to inflammation of the junction of your ribs and cartilage (costochondritis) or a strain of a muscle between ribs. Other issue can cause similar symptoms so if it does not improve, you should see a regular doctor. ...Read more

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Left arm pain when coughing?

Left arm pain when coughing?

Herniated disc: Coughing increases pressure in the spine and if there is an underlying compression of a nerve or the spinal cord itself, pain can be produced. Best to be examined and perhaps have an MRI of the neck perfored. ...Read more

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Have pain right side and under rib cage when twist walk ache when breath in?

Have pain right side and under rib cage  when twist walk ache when breath in?

Muscle strain: Abdominal musculature can be agravated withh respirations and movement. Without other symptonms likely the cause but should confirm with physican. ...Read more

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Constant chest pain under left breast wheni breathe or lay down. Very tender to lay on or touch . Worsens when coughing or laughing?

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 more

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What makes sporadic sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing?

What makes sporadic sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing?

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

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Pain behind shoulder blade when i move it or sneeze?

Pain behind shoulder blade when i move it or sneeze?

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

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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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Pain under right rib cage when i breath in?

See Dr: Likely suspects being liver or gallbladder with inflammation/irritation causing discomfort when pushed on (by you from below or diaphragm from above w/deep breath). ...Read more

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What causes rib pain when I breathe deeply or bend over?

What causes rib pain when I breathe deeply or bend over?

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 more

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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?

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?

Check up needed: You should be seen if the chest pain is present, if the coughing worsens, or if you develop a temp. This could be a viral process, but also the start of a bacterial infection. If not improving, or worsening, then see DR ...Read more