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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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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 does my right side chest hurt when I cough?

Why does my right side chest hurt when I cough?

A few options: Pleurisy, rib cartilage sprain (from really severe coughing), muscle injury (again from all the coughing). Usually one of those. Other options include complications of pneumonia and infection or inflammation of the heart lining. ...Read more

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The right part of my chest hurt when I cough, muscle aches, 3 lumps under the neck tiny but moveable and no fevers nor nose run?

The right part of my chest hurt when I cough, muscle aches, 3 lumps under the neck tiny but moveable and no fevers nor nose run?

Several issues: Your chest may be hurting because of strain of muscles between your ribs due to coughing. The tiny lymph nodes are probably normal and unless they enlarge, change consistency, become tender or increase in number are not likely to cause problems. Muscle aches can signal a host of illnesses, or simply be post-exercise. Need more details. ...Read more

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Feel a lil sick... Dry cough that is really making my chest hurt. Some what productive at times. Both coughs feel like in my chest. Help!

Feel a lil sick... Dry cough that is really making my chest hurt. Some what productive at times. Both coughs feel like in my chest. Help!

See a doctor.: Without more details it's hard to say, but you mention aches, fatigue and dehydration under "conditions". You may have a viral infection (a cold) that will resolve with home care, but it's impossible to say. Your best bet is to call your doctor's office, or visit urgent care so that someone can see you and listen to your lungs in person. ...Read more

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Chest pain that radiates to back, cough, congestion, headache, hurts to take a full breathh and hurts worse when laying down.

Chest pain that radiates to back, cough, congestion, headache, hurts to take a full breathh and hurts worse when laying down.

Pericarditis: Sounds a lot like pericarditis, which is an inflammation of the sac that surround the heart. A lot of time it is secondary to some other infection, like bronchitis. Could also be pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs. I'd get checked out by your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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I suffer with musculoskeletal chest pain is it normal for it to hurt in my chest when I sneeze or cough?

I suffer with musculoskeletal chest pain is it normal for it to hurt in my chest when I sneeze or cough?

Absolutely: Coughing and sneezing both depend upon forceful small muscle contractions in the chest wall. It is typical for these to exacerbate musculoskeletal chest pain. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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Hv a very bad deep cough during wint. Mos esp. Every yr. My ribs and chest hurt. Hard to sleep. In physical dr never says anything is wrong. Am I ok?

Cold weather + lungs: Cold weather may irritate your lungs, specifically the upper airways called bronchi. It is a variant of asthma. In some people, as cold air rushes in on taking a breath, the irritation causes the bronchi to constrict, resulting in cough and even wheezing. Physical exam (done at room temperature and at rest) is often normal. These reactive airways may improve with a trial of bronchodilators. ...Read more

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I've had left side chest pain, hurts when I laugh, cough and I burp alot?

I've had left side chest pain, hurts when I laugh, cough and I burp alot?

Left sided chest pai: I do not know how old you are.
Generally if the pain increases on coughing and laughing it may be costochondritis, however you should see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I've had left side chest pain, hurts when I laugh, cough and I burp alot?

I've had left side chest pain, hurts when I laugh, cough and I burp alot?

Symptoms: You may be an air swallower and chronically distended. Not enough information here to know probability. See your doc for evaluation and suggestions ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for 2 years now; it's making my chest hurt and my heart palpitate. Why?

Pulm function test: These are breathing test done as an out patient which determine is you have functional breathing disorders. ...Read more

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Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

See below: You describe pleurisy or pericarditis. Sometimes intercostal muscular pain can mimic this. If the pain is worse lying down, improved sitting up/forward, it suggest pericarditis. If you have fever/cough, shortness of breath, it suggests pneumonia with pleural involvement. Were your chest xray and ct done recently/for this illness? A cxr, CBC and echo are usual parts of the evaluation. ...Read more

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While eating, I drank soda and I think I swallowed wrong. I didn't cough afterwards but my chest hurt and it felt like I was going to faint. Why?

While eating, I drank soda and I think I swallowed wrong. I didn't cough afterwards but my chest hurt and it felt like I was going to faint. Why?

Aspiration...: ...can range from penetration of larynx with saliva or small amount of swallowed liquid (just irritates vocal cords a bit) to frank aspiration pneumonia (think of it as a non-infectious chemical burn of lungs from stomach acid). These scenarios may result in hoarseness, dry cough, shortness of breath, etc. Sounds like no real damage was done but a chest x-ray may better reassure you. ...Read more

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Got flu shot friday having side effects that comes along with it and having chest pain to it hurt when I breath in or out, cough, when I bend down?

Got flu shot friday having side effects that comes along with it and having chest pain to it hurt when I breath in or out, cough, when I bend down?

Influenza vaccine: These symptoms are not generally associated with this killed virus vaccine, and would strongly recommend that you see a doctor asap and find out what else may be going on. Their onset may simply be coincidental with your receipt of the vaccine. ...Read more

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I don't really feel sick but I have a dry cough that is really making my chest hurt and burn. Feels like a constant need to cough. No sputem. Help!

I don't really feel sick but I have a dry cough that is really making my chest hurt and burn. Feels like a constant need to cough. No sputem. Help!

Possible reflux: Try some Prilosec or zantac (ranitidine). You may be suffering from reflux which will need a trial of treatment you should try a low acid diet. Look it up on the internet. Good luck. You will need to use the Prilosec 20 mg twice a day. Taken one hr before breakfast and supper on an empty stomach. Nothing else is taken with this med except for thyroid meds. Do not take the calcium with this medication. ...Read more

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What could it mean when my chest hurt when I breathe, cough, or move my arms?

What could it mean when my chest hurt when I breathe, cough, or move my arms?

Variable: Chest might hurt as a consequence of protracted cough. If the pain is localized in a small area and is associated with coughing than you should see a doc to rule out pneummonia. ...Read more

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Cough on off few days. Today my chest hurt, I tried working out and it was very hard to breathe and there was pain and BPM fast. Pulled muscle? ?

Cough on off few days. Today my chest hurt, I tried working out and it was very hard to breathe and there was pain and BPM fast. Pulled muscle? ?

Shortness of breath: Cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath on exertion are symptoms of asthma. Asthma in adult usually starts at your age range, in the 20's and 30's. An allergist or Pulmonologist are specialized in treating this condition. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis 2.5 weeks ago. I have a cough and have left side chest pain that hurts when I cough or breathe deeply.

Pleuritic chest pain: The pain is either from strain to the muscles between the ribs due to the coughing, or it is pleuritic, meaning that the linings around the lung are irritated and when you take a deep breath the layers scrape against each other and create pain. Suggest that you go back to the doctor and be examined and perhaps have an imaging study to be sure nothing serious has occurred. Hope all will be normal. ...Read more

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No cough but salty phlem. Certain positions when I breath deep hurts left side of back. Sometimes I'm short of breath. Chest pain ongoing for year.?

Chronic chest pain: This should warrant a thorough detailed evaluation by your primary care physician. It may be costochondritis (pain due to inflammation of the tissues connecting the ribs) but this should not produce shortness of breath. Please see your doctor and follow their directions. ...Read more

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Nose stuffed up and developing a cough throaght and upper part chest hurt mild occasional nausea periodically throughout day dizzy spells what wrong?

Nose stuffed up and developing a cough throaght and upper part chest hurt mild occasional nausea periodically throughout day dizzy spells what wrong?

Viral syndrome.: You develop symptoms according to the places that the virus settles down. Sounds upper respiratory infection which can result in bronchitis, nasal congestion, and sore throat. Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea can also occur.. Fever and chills may indicate superimposed bacterial infection and pneumonia on viral process. You should consult your doctor for examination, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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Chest pain in stermun. Hurts when sneeze and cough. The worse pain is when I wake up whole chest and collar bone hurts. Xray was clear?

Chest pain in stermun. Hurts when sneeze and cough. The worse pain is when I wake up whole chest and collar bone hurts. Xray was clear?

Non cardiac: Did you hurt yourself? Did you have fever or cold? If you did not, so It is probably a muscleesqueletal pain which usually improve taking anti inflammatory such ibuprofen. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more