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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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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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Why does my chest hurt when I cough or sneeze?

Why does my chest hurt when I cough or sneeze?

Muscle pain: These activities of coughing and/or sneezing require muscle contractions. If prolonged the muscles of the chest may hurt. This is not a serious problem. The main question to be answered is what is the cause of the cough and sneeze. Allergy is a good possibility. ...Read more

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Why do my ribs hurt when i cough?

Muscle strain?: The chest wall is comprised of ribs and muscles. The muscles of the chest can be strained just like any other muscles leading to tears and discomfort. Try antiinflammatory medication and if it persists see your doctor for an evaluation. ...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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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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Bronchitis and chest pain hurts when I breathe?

Bronchitis and chest pain hurts when I breathe?

Common: Bronchitis can cause pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lining of your lungs. This can cause pain with breathing. ...Read more

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Bronchitis chest pain and hurts when I breathe?

Bronchitis chest pain and hurts when I breathe?

It sounds like you: may have the flu. Rest, fluids and analgesic medications. If symptoms persist for 48 hours seek attention from a health care provider for additional evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does ribcage and back hurt when I breathe deeply?

Why does ribcage and back hurt when I breathe deeply?

Pain on deep breathi: This could either be due to inflammation of the protective layers of the lung (pleuritis) or a rib fracture. ...Read more

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My shoulder, chest, and ribs hurt when i breath, cough, and laugh, what's wrong?

My shoulder, chest, and ribs hurt when i breath, cough, and laugh, what's wrong?

Could be: A biomechanical problem like slipped rib syndrome, chostochondritis or other problems like pleurisy which is inflammation of lung lining. See a good osteopathic physician or a physiatrist. ...Read more

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Why does my chest feel bruised when i cough?

Why does my chest feel bruised when i cough?

Musculoskeletal pain: The chest wall has muscles, cartilage, bone, etc. When you cough, any of these structures can become painful; for example, you can develop muscle strain/sprain, cartilage can become inflamed, the bones can develop bone bruise or even fracture. The good news is that theses will heal once the cough resolves so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of the cough. ...Read more

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Chest pain and hurts when I breathe coughing up green stuff?

Chest pain: This sounds like bronchitis, an inflammation of the airway due to infection. Please consult with a doctor since antibiotics and other medication may be needed. ...Read more

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Right side stomach hurts when I cough?

Right side stomach hurts when I cough?

Right sided abd pain: Could be gallbladder,pancreas or muscle wall pain from coughing. or colonic gas, rarely kidneys, or retroperitoneal mass I have seen right sided pneumonia causing upper abdominal pain . Would follow up with doc consider Chest xray and or abdominal ultrasound ...Read more