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Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Yes: The presence of pleural fluid indicates involvement of the pleura - inflammation there (commonly called pleurisy) can accompany pneumonia and is painful with inspiration or cough. NSAIDs, (like ibuprofen) are often very effective for this type of pain. ...Read more

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If your coughing to the point that your ribs hurt can that be pneumonia?

If your coughing to the point that your ribs hurt can that be pneumonia?

Pneumonia: There is that potential, but you need not have pneumonia to be coughing sufficiently severely to strain the muscles between the ribs, producing pain. See your doctor and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Pneumonia 7 weeks ago. Have small inflammation lower lungs, pain in ribs. Using spirometer seems to help. Anything else I can do to help heal?

Pneumonia 7 weeks ago. Have small inflammation lower lungs, pain in ribs. Using spirometer seems to help. Anything else I can do to help heal?

Pneumonia: First....finish the complete prescription of the antibiotic your on even if you feel much better. The incentive spirometer is very very important. It helps you open alveoli that may have been effected by the infection and filled with fluid. Its a very good prognostic indicator of recovery. We often do pulmonary percussive technique in the hospital with patients to help mobilize sections. ...Read more

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Could I have fractured a rib from coughing while I have pneumonia?

Could I have fractured a rib from coughing while I have pneumonia?

Yes: It is possible but not common. I'd consider muscle injury as a more likely culprit. The pain from that can continue for a month or more. ...Read more

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Earlier in the morning today I coughed and my lower right side(right under the rib). My mom says it might be pneumonia. Also I had a FB game Friday.

Earlier in the morning today I coughed and my lower right side(right under the rib). My mom says it might be pneumonia. Also I had a FB game Friday.

Coughing/ rib pain.: Could be musculoskeletal pain, especially if it worsens with movement. If you have fever and cough, your mother may be right. Probably need to be examined for, if nothing else, your mother's peace-of-mind. If short of breath, be seen now. ...Read more

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Ever since I had pneumonia my ribs right and left sides have been aching on and off it has been 4 months. Notice it with more activity. What is it?

Probably muscular: or skeletal...it is possible that you fractured some ribs from coughing with pneumonia, and that the nearby muscles are irritated. All that should be healing by now though, unless you are doing some activity that actually stresses those same muscles or ribs. Did you have a followup x-ray to be sure the pneumonia was gone? If not, see your doc and ask about having one, especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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Can working out on stationary bike irritate rib muscles 3 month after pneumonia? And cause tension in neck?

Can working out on stationary bike irritate rib muscles 3 month after pneumonia? And cause tension in neck?

Conceivable: If your irritated rib muscles are on the same side you had pneumonia would suggest a followup X-ray making sure you did not develop a pleural effusion on that side, otherwise common self limited complication of pneumonia. For the neck tension a variety of other possibilities are to be considered, but if there is a significant increase in your bike exercise slowing down will give you the answer. ...Read more

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My dr said I have costochondritis. The pain is in my ribs both sides under breasts toward sides pain when pushed on. Had pneumonia. How long lasting?

My dr said I have costochondritis. The pain is in my ribs both sides under breasts toward sides pain when pushed on. Had pneumonia. How long lasting?

Highly annoying...: For its discomfort, how it jabs you worse when "need to breathe, " and (unfortunately) how it can last anywhere 2-6 weeks...Very hard to predict. Hopefully the NSAID they provided for you is working--ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) often helps make it manageable. ...Read more

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I am on day 4 of the flu, my ribs and sternum hurt so much from coughing, should I get tested for pneumonia or is that pain normal?

I am on day 4 of the flu, my ribs and sternum hurt so much from coughing, should I get tested for pneumonia or is that pain normal?

Muscle strain: From coughing. Pneumonia would hurt to breath, have shortness of breath and productive cough. Sound as if controlling the cough would help the most. Cough suppressants , etc. ...Read more

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Left lobar pneumonia two mths ago. Right lung had tiny fluid. I had right rib discomfort. Pneumonia cleared. Right rib discomfort back now, what to do?

Left lobar pneumonia two mths ago. Right lung had tiny fluid. I had right rib discomfort. Pneumonia cleared. Right rib discomfort back now, what to do?

Follow up needed: It seems that the right rib discomfort has a different cause and that will deserve a focused exam and possibly a repeat chest X-ray to ensure clearance of the pleural fluid that, among others, may be involved in your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had pain that moves in my right chest & right lower ribs, radiating down my arm for about 2 + months now. MRIs, CTs & X-rays have all shown nothing. Started around Dec 9, when i was told i had pneumonia(may or may not be the cause).Thoughts?

I have had pain that moves in my right chest & right lower ribs, radiating down my arm for about 2 + months now. MRIs, CTs & X-rays have all shown nothing. Started around Dec 9, when i was told i had pneumonia(may or may not be the cause).Thoughts?

Referred pain.: Seems like you're on a diagnostic misadventure. The MRIs, CTs, & X-rays have exposed you to considerable expense (not to mention radiation) & led you nowhere. Most likely the pain in your right chest cd be referred pain from the gallbladder, liver, or elsewhere. Some simple blood tests would have probably been more informative. In any case, use HealthTap Prime or talk to your doctor about it. GL. ...Read more

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Had fluid lower right lung April 15 residual of pneumonia left March 4. Aches in right rib/back on and off still. Will ache resolve? No other symptoms

Had fluid lower right lung April 15 residual of pneumonia left March 4. Aches in right rib/back on and off still. Will ache resolve? No other symptoms

Probably : They should resolve within 6-12 weeks. If persistent, ask you doctor if a follow up X-ray is needed. Hope this helps! ...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?

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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99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feels like need to.Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

99.2temp cough chest congestion not always productive, feels like need to.Chest/back/rib px&soa 3rdabx, inhaler, steroids-cxr o2 ok feel worse pneumonia?

Options : You have a complicated list of symptoms. These symptoms could be present from either a bacterial or a viral infection. If your chest x-ray was read normal it is unlikely that you have pneumonia. Sometimes sinus disease or a viral bronchitis can persist for a long time. It is probably most prudent to follow up with the doctor that has prescribed antibiotics and review your symptoms with them. ...Read more