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Everytime I cough my lower left side hurts really bad, help?

Everytime I cough my lower left side hurts really bad, help?

Musculoskeletal....: The discomfort you describe is likely musculoskeletal pain. The chest wall has bones, muscles, cartilage all of which is subject to muscle strain/sprain, cartilage inflammation and even rib bruise or fracture from excessive coughing. Once the cough is controlled, the musculoskeletal disorder (s) will also be controlled. So, see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment of the cough. ...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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My lower left side hurts when I Cough, it also hurts when I swim but not using my right side but use my left side to swim. When I use my left side on?

My lower left side hurts when I Cough, it also hurts when I swim but not using my right side but use my left side to swim. When I use my left side on?

Muscle Strain: If you are an active swimmer, you may have a mild muscle strain resulting in your discomfort. In the absence of any shortness of breath or radiation of your pain to the jaw or left arm, taking a few days off from the aggravating routine, increasing hydration with water and a trial of NSAIDs may help. ...Read more

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I've been having coughs (no fever or anything) for a week. My lower left side hurts when I cough, hold a cough in, press, or suck my stomach in. Help?

I've been having coughs (no fever or anything) for a week. My lower left side hurts when I cough, hold a cough in, press, or suck my stomach in. Help?

Sounds like: You need to have that cough checked out by a Primary Care Provider who can presecrive an anti-cough medication and determine what is causing such FORCEFUL coughing!
Hope this helps!
Good Luck!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I've been having this pain in my lower left side of my back I went to the e.R a month ago but the pain is still there it hurts when I cough and more...?

I've been having this pain in my lower left side of my back I went to the e.R a month ago but the pain is still there it hurts when I cough and more...?

There are many...: Possibilities. First, going to an er is absolutely the wrong place to go! Cracked rib, pleuritis, thoracic disc are some of many possibilities. See your pcp or an orthopedist! ...Read more

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I have lower pelvic pain on left side. It hurts to lie straight or bent hurts to stand up and especially cough?

I have lower pelvic pain on left side. It hurts to lie straight or bent hurts to stand up and especially cough?

Pain with cough: The fact that the pain increases when you cough is concerning. Are you pregnant? Could you have an ectopic pregnancy? Have you had any blood through vagina? You need to get checked out asap, a local emerg would be great. ...Read more

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I have a pain on the side of my lower left ribs. It only hurts when I cough, sneeze, or move the right way. It also hurts to push on it.

I have a pain on the side of my lower left ribs. It only hurts when I cough, sneeze, or move the right way. It also hurts to push on it.

Possible rib break: It could be a rib fracture, or a costochondral injury on the rib or a muscle or ligament pull off of the rib.

Heat asnreduced activity for a few weeks should see it easing.

If the pain gets worse, an xray is needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a burning, pulling, and painful sensation on the lower left side after appendectomy? Hurts to cough, laugh, sit up, or move

It can be: Appendectomy can be done open or laparoscopically. If done with a laparoscope, this is sometimes an incision in the left lower abdomen that can account for pain. Sometimes the pain is due to constipation seen after surgery, and this can happen with open or lapif there associated fever or chills then I would contact your doctor to consider a cat scan tom check for postoperative infection or abscess. ...Read more

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Pain - lower left side/back that won't go away, intensifies with cough or breathing followed with chills. Hurts while moving, urine clear no blood?

Pain - lower left side/back that won't go away, intensifies with cough or breathing followed with chills. Hurts while moving, urine clear no blood?

Back pain: You need to be seen and carefully evaluated ASAP. Do not delay this. You may have an infection or other non-infectious inflammatory condition and it may involve your kidneys, spinal cord or other areas. Please get this seen to quickly before you become increasingly ill. ...Read more

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If coughing or laughing and then the lower left side near my abdomen hurts but then the pain goes away after my cough or when I laugh, is it serious?

If coughing or laughing and then the lower left side near my abdomen hurts but then the pain goes away after my cough or when I laugh, is it serious?

LL quadrant pain: Pain with increased abdominal pressure may happen with muscular stain, hernia etc. If it is acute in onset and progressive with fever, and other symptoms like nausea, vomiting constipation or diarrhea have it examined to rule out acute intra abdominal pathology ...Read more

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My lower stomach hurts on both sides (mostly the left) it hurts after I sneeze, cough, run, jump and stretch. Should I see my doctor?

My lower stomach hurts on both sides (mostly the left) it hurts after I sneeze, cough, run, jump and stretch. Should I see my doctor?

Strain?: Based on the symptoms you are describing it seems you might have some abdominal wall muscle strain, especially if you were performing any type of strenuous activity. If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, colic pain, etc it is most likely inside (abdomen) and you should be evaluated. For now if not the case, rest and anti inflammatory meds like ibuprofen if you are not allergic should help. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my left lung hurts when I cough? My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when I cough. I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

Let me explain: Pneumonia often mimics the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realize you have a more serious condition. Symptoms can vary depending on your age and general health.
The symptoms:
fever
lower-than-normal body temperature in older people
cough
shortness of breath
sweating
shaking chills
chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy)
headache
muscle pain
fatigue. ...Read more

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My lower right side felt like something popped inside @ now it hurts when I cough or move?

My lower right side felt like something popped inside @ now it hurts when I cough or move?

Rib fracture?: It is possible to break a rib or dislocate one while coughing; the other possibility (collapsed lung) would have you so sick that you would not be sending inquiries online. See your doc and get some local pain control (lidoderm patches, etc) so you can breath. ...Read more

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I've got a pain in my leftside I fell over on thurs and think I hit my left side, it hurts wen I cough and I'm worried it's something else?

I've got a pain in my leftside I fell over on thurs and think I hit my left side, it hurts wen I cough and I'm worried it's something else?

See a doctor: Injury from a fall can run a spectrum from a minor bruise to serious injury to internal organs. We can not assess this over the internet, so it's best to see a doctor for examination. ...Read more

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My left side by my ovary hurts when I cough, what could be wrong?

My left side by my ovary hurts when I cough, what could be wrong?

Neuritis: Pain in the lower abdomen that is exacerbated by coughing or lifting is commonly an abdominal wall neuritis and not usually the ovary (unless it is quite enlarged). Try a heating pad and if the pain improves even a little while the heat is on this means it is fairly superficial pain and not deep down in the area of your bowels or ovary. Neuritis pain will resume after heat pad removed ...Read more

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I have a bad pain in my lower left side, it's painful particularly when I cough. Its gradually been getting worse since this morning. Should I worry?

Depends on symptoms: Some possibilities
lungs-short of breath, hurts to breathe, coughing up blood, discolored phlegm, (pneumonia).
Kidney-pain/frequency of urination, bad smelling or blood in urine, sharp pain down side (infection or kidney stone).
Ovary-focal, sharp pain (cyst).
See a doctor asap especially with fever/chills or vomiting. If only muscles between ribs hurt (costrochonditis), try heat/aleve or advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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When I cough I have a pain on the left side at the lower end of the ribs?

When I cough I have a pain on the left side at the lower end of the ribs?

Muscle strain: Probably muscvle strain or costochondritis (inlammed catiladge). Could also be pneumonia with pleurisy. Would firdt recommend traeting cough but see physician for latter. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis for over a week and now when I cough my left side where my ovary is hurts?

I have had bronchitis for over a week and now when I cough my left side where my ovary is hurts?

See a doctor: You may have strained a muscle by coughing, and now when you cough it will tweak that muscle. If you have an ovarian cyst it is possible that you are tugging on that area, but the only way to find out what this is would be to see a professional and get examined. ...Read more

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Have pain on lower left side near the abdomen and the pain worsens every time I cough. What is this a sign of?

Have pain on lower left side near the abdomen and the pain worsens every time I cough. What is this a sign of?

Pain: That increases when you cough often means a muscle strain particularly if you are coughing frequently. Be assessed by your physician to give you a more accurate answer. All the best. ...Read more

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Hello on my left quadratic side I feel these little lumps on my oblique I assume. And it hurts when I push on it and cough what could it be?

Hello on my left quadratic side I feel these little lumps on my oblique I assume. And it hurts when I push on it and cough what could it be?

Depend: There is a very small slim chance that could be one of the rare hernia in that side.
it could be a lipoma, or a cyst.
see a doctor they evaluate you, assured you, or treat you.
if they are multiple as you described them definitely a lipoma, and the condition called lipomatosis. With that you should have some in other places as well. ...Read more

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Hello IV been having a burning feeling on the left side of my chest when I cough and it feels like a pulling pain as well just asking lower addom?

Hello IV been having a burning feeling on the left side of my chest when I cough and it feels like a pulling pain as well just asking lower addom?

Burning chest pain: Chest pain can be a symptom from the lungs like pneumonia or asthma or from the esophagus like from acid reflux. It's also possible to be related to a heart condition. Sometimes abdominal pain can be "referred" pain from the lower lobes of the lungs. Chest x-ray could be a useful tool for evaluation. Good idea to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a pain in my lower right side since half 5 this morning. I have the injection for contraception. It hurts if I cough and if I touch it?

I have had a pain in my lower right side since half 5 this morning. I have the injection for contraception. It hurts if I cough and if I touch it?

The injection might: Not have anything to do with your pain which could be early appendicitis! Contact your Primary Care Provider and describe these symptoms ASAP! (Where was the injection given???) Don't ignore any pain which (I assume) woke you up at 5 AM!

Hope this helps and good luck!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a cough for about two months and my left side hurts even to the touch and I'm eight months pregnant what could be causing the pain and cough?

I have a cough for about two months and my left side hurts even to the touch and I'm eight months pregnant what could be causing the pain and cough?

See doc for cough: The chronic cough is not usual for pregnancy and should be addressed by your ob.

The pain especially to touch soundslike rib pain due to the coughing. Pregnany womens rib cage expands during pregnancy making it more prone to pain even without a cough. ...Read more

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Why does the left side of my head hurt when I cough or laugh?

Why does the left side of my head hurt when I cough or laugh?

Maybe sinus: Possibly you have sinus congestion and when you do these things, your sinus blockage/congestion is being aggravated. ...Read more