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Would coughing too hard strain a muscle in the chest?

Would coughing too hard strain a muscle in the chest?

Possible...: Once a cough lasts for a few days or weeks, it is possible to have musculoskeletal problems like pulled muscle, inflamed cartilage and even rib fractures. There is no specific therapy for these except symptom control and measures to stop 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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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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Chest pain, dizziness, sharp stabbing feeling in my back! When I take a deep breath I cough hard. Could I of pulled a muscle?

Chest pain, dizziness, sharp stabbing feeling in my back! When I take a deep breath I cough hard. Could I of pulled a muscle?

See your Dr.: Coughing when you take a breath is usually a sign of irritation of the airways in your lung, also the sharp stabbing pain could be a sign of lung lining irritation. A blood clot in the lung can cause these symptoms especially if you are short of breath muscle spasm in your back can cause some of your symptoms but should not cause dizziness. Get help. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?

Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?

Respiratory distress: If you are truly having trouble breathing you should go ASAP and be seen and evaluated by a doctor. There is no way in which this can be diagnosed over the net. ...Read more

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Can chest muscle strains last for 3 months?

Can chest muscle strains last for 3 months?

Usually not, but--: -costchrondritis will mimic a pull muscle, so get 2 B evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Many time injections into the infammed joints will give great results. They R usually done by MD's @ a pain clinic. If all fsils, excision of the joint can be done by a chest surgeon. ...Read more

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Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. What do you suggest?

Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. What do you suggest?

Physical Therapy: Have you seen a therapist? If you have not, they can be a great resource that is relatively inexpensive. They could perform a deep tissue massage coupled with stim and ultrasound that can serve to improve your symptoms. Ice and activity modification along with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory may help as well. Consult your local ortho for eval and prescriptions. ...Read more

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Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. I'm at my wits end, any advice?

Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. I'm at my wits end, any advice?

Modify activities: Is it work related? If so, can your work be modified to prevent further stress/injury to that area? If it's not work related, try to think of the activity which may be causing it, and try to modify/avoid that. Topical treatments such as aspercreme, capsaicin cream, and voltaren (diclofenac) gel may help. Physical therapy may also be beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you have chest tightness due to muscle strain?

Can you have chest tightness due to muscle strain?

Yes: However, you want to make sure this is not a more serious problem with your heart or lungs. ...Read more

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Can chest muscle strain causes arm numbness?

Can chest muscle strain causes arm numbness?

No: You need to uncover the cause of the arm numbness. Some thoughts with chest symptoms, could be pectoralis minor syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, but other nerve issues could be considered. A neurologist may be needed. The muscle strain is most likely secondary to the arm issue. ...Read more

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When I twist there is a pain in my chest. Kinds feels like a muscle strain. Could this be, or something else like acid reflux?

When I twist there is a pain in my chest. Kinds feels like a muscle strain. Could this be, or something else like acid reflux?

Musculoskeletal pain: If pain provoked by twisting, could be just musculoskeletal pain. Press on the area of pain. If pressing reproduces the pain, that could be it. Should respond to Motrin or Naprosyn (naproxen) available over the counter. Acid reflux responds to Tums and is usually related to food intake and obesity. If you have the latter all the time, see a doctor. May need to screen for H Pylori. ...Read more

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Have a mild pain in center of chest about five inches up from sturnum. Comes and goes. Just curious if it sounds like strain muscle or what?

Have a mild pain in center of chest about five inches up from sturnum. Comes and goes. Just curious if it sounds like strain muscle or what?

Varies: Does it feel superficial or deep? If it is deep, you basically are describing subset rank chest pain which can have a variety of causes including cardiac, pulmonary and gi causes. If it is superficial, it is more likely to be musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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Remedies for a strain somewhr in the chest/back/rib cage area that caused all the muscles in those areas to contract and diffclty in breathing?

Remedies for a strain somewhr in the chest/back/rib cage area that caused all the muscles in those areas to contract and diffclty in breathing?

Go to the ED: If you are having trouble breathing and chest pain, which is what you are having. There could be several possibilities, and it *might* be a strain, but it may be something worse. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Yes: CP may be due to several reasons: you may have to rule out heart attack, angina, pericarditis, aneurysms, pneumonia, pleurisy, acid reflux etc get checked some of them can be cured. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Is it possible to have chest pain and problems breathing from a muscle strain?

Absolutely: Because breathing causes the chest wall to expand and contract and many muscle groups (including muscles between the ribs) are located on the chest wall, a strain of any of these muscles can lead to pain with breathing. ...Read more

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If a teenage girl is experiencing chest pain and sharp back pain several times a day and she did not strain her muscles, what could be the problem?

If a teenage girl is experiencing chest pain and sharp back pain several times a day and she did not strain her muscles, what could be the problem?

Depending on how: Long the symptoms have been there and exactly where the pain is, it could be one of several things. If you are coughing and/or have fever, it could be an infection. I would recommend having your doctor examine you to determine the cause and treat you properly so that you can feel better soon. ...Read more

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Yesterday was diagnosed with a strained muscle from coughing, today I've been getting popping feeling & sound in my left lung when breathing, normal?

Yesterday was diagnosed with a strained muscle from coughing, today I've been getting popping feeling & sound in my left lung when breathing, normal?

Bronchitis: Likely an infection that is causing you to cough so hard. You need a partial cough suppressant that makes the cough less harsh but still allows enough to bring up the mucus that is likely what is making the noises in your long. Some of the noise may be from swollen bronchial tubes causing wheezing. You should ask your doctor what to take. May need antibiotic. ...Read more

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Having pain in right center breast and top of back had a chest ray good a mamagram good. Could this be a muscle strain?

Having pain in right center breast and top of back had a chest ray good a mamagram good. Could this be a muscle strain?

Could be: Since the MAMMO and the Chest X-ray were normal that is a good sign so far. See your Doc to be safe and they can check your BP and assure it is not atypical Chest pain form your heart with a good History and Physical and possible EKG. If that is all fine too, then most likely this would be Musculoskeletal. Best wishes ...Read more

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Deep tickling itch in upper right chest area and right neck. Dr didn't seem too concerned could this be GERD or muscle strain from doing planks?

Deep tickling itch in upper right chest area and right neck. Dr didn't seem too concerned could this be GERD or muscle strain from doing planks?

Maybe: Lots of possible causes, including GERD and muscle strain could cause this. I would worry if it is a new symptom that it might be the first sign of shingles. If a rash develops, see a doctor. ...Read more

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28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back

28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back

Yes: When exercising did you feel a 'tear or pull' sensation? Is it chest or arm? Perhaps just persistent inflammation of a muscle/ligamentous structure, or nerve. Is it tender to touch? That would indicate a musculoskeletal structure, as opposed to in internal chest structure. Try stretching exercise, and Ibuprofen/naproxen OTC. If severe, or exertional, or associated w/ shortness of breath, see a Dr ...Read more

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Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

Went to doctors she said my rhomboid muscle strain levator scapulae, trapezius can this cause chest tightness?

Yes: As the muscles of the back and the neck tighten they pull on the muscles of the chest, pull the ribs to a disadvantaged position even for breathing. The pull alone causes tightness, and the pull on the ribs can even change the position of the diaphragm for breathing. Ask your doctors for proper pain medicine, and muscle relaxants and perhaps physical therapy if needed. ...Read more

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Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest (but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest (but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

See below: Neck and upper back pain when you move your chin to your chest can be caused by tight muscles in your neck or from a degenerative disc in you neck. The good news is that this will usually improve on it's own. See your physician if symptoms last greater than 2 weeks ...Read more

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Strong ache under the arm pit on the chest side radiated later to the shoulder blade, then down to make a band on the left upper arm. Pain stronger when standing. Nothing done to cause muscle strain.

Go to the hospital: The symptoms you describe are very concerning given your age. Without something that makes you think of a muscle strain, this is even more concerning. If you are short of breath, nauseated, have palpitations or are sweaty, please seek care immediately. Call 911. This can be a heart attack or a problem with your aorta. I hope it is neither of those things, but you should be seen asap to be sure. ...Read more

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Havin chest n arm pain on left from 4 months hv been to doc got xray blood test ECG BP every thing is normal doc says it's muscle strain? I'm 18

Havin chest n arm pain on left from 4 months hv been to doc got xray blood test ECG BP every thing is normal doc says it's muscle strain? I'm 18

Consider: Seeking a second opinion or visiting a different physician. Four months of arm pain in such a young man may need further investigation. It is common practice to first investigate with simple testing methods. ...Read more

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Intermittent twinges of chest pain underneath lt breast that radiates through to back in one spot. No shob, sweating, or tachycardia. I moved heavy objects today. Muscle strains or cardiac, logically?

Intermittent twinges of chest pain underneath lt breast that radiates through to back in one spot. No shob, sweating, or tachycardia. I moved heavy objects today. Muscle strains or cardiac, logically?

Chest pain: Less likely cardiac because cardiac chest pains doesn't come as twinges. It persists and stays most of the time longer than 15 minutes. Still you need to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure. See medical help. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more