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I have chest congestion that I can feel up to my neck. When I cough, I get a very sharp pain. What could be the cause of this?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Possibilities...

If it has been present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely acute bronchitis which is usually of viral or bacterial origin.
It will likely resolve on its own in a few days to week. If present for 3 weeks or more, it could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. This would need a doctor evaluation so treatment could be given.

In brief: Possibilities...

If it has been present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely acute bronchitis which is usually of viral or bacterial origin.
It will likely resolve on its own in a few days to week. If present for 3 weeks or more, it could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. This would need a doctor evaluation so treatment could be given.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. David Revere
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: There are many...

There are many potential causes of pain with coughing; some of them are mild (ie.
Bronchitis, viral infections, etc.) and some are more serious (ie. Clots in the lungs). The cause would have to be worked up thoroughly by a physician, after a complete history and physical examination, to rule out some of the more serious potential causes.

In brief: There are many...

There are many potential causes of pain with coughing; some of them are mild (ie.
Bronchitis, viral infections, etc.) and some are more serious (ie. Clots in the lungs). The cause would have to be worked up thoroughly by a physician, after a complete history and physical examination, to rule out some of the more serious potential causes.
Dr. David Revere
Dr. David Revere
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