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What does it mean when your chest hurts really bad when you cough?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Chest pain

If coughing hurts chest it could be due to bronchitis, pleurisy or something musculoskeletal.
First see your doctor, try figuring out why you ate coughing as much.

In brief: Chest pain

If coughing hurts chest it could be due to bronchitis, pleurisy or something musculoskeletal.
First see your doctor, try figuring out why you ate coughing as much.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibilities...

If the pain is present only when you cough, deep breathe, move around, etc.
And not all the time, then it is most likely musculoskeletal pain. The most likely diagnoses are muscle strain, cartilage inflammation or rib fracture. These will all resolve once the cough goes away gradually over days to weeks. If the pain worsens, or is present all the time, see your doctor.

In brief: Possibilities...

If the pain is present only when you cough, deep breathe, move around, etc.
And not all the time, then it is most likely musculoskeletal pain. The most likely diagnoses are muscle strain, cartilage inflammation or rib fracture. These will all resolve once the cough goes away gradually over days to weeks. If the pain worsens, or is present all the time, see your doctor.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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