My right side just below my rib cage hurts when I cough, sneeze, or blow my nose. This just started about an hour ago. It also hurts if I pull my sliding glass door closed (left to right), but going in the other direction it doesn't hurt. Should I see a doctor now - or will this go away when my cold gets better and I'm not doing anything to irritate this condition?
Did this pain start only an hour back?
Customer: Yes, an hour or two.
Physician123: Are you suffering from any medical conditions or on any medications?
Customer: It only hurts when I cough, sneeze, blow my nose, or use my right side muscles - no medical condition or medications.
Physician123: This pain does seem like it is muscles related. It could arise from a muscle strain, thus it does hurt when strained, like when you cough or exert pressure.
Customer: It's possible - I also worry if it's a cracked rib or hernia - it started when I sneezed while sitting at my computer.
Physician123: Thus you can take an anti-inflammatory medication like Motrin. Did you hurt yourself?
Customer: I guess I did - by sneezing too hard.
Physician123: This does not seem like a cracked rib. I would advice you to take the medication I mentioned. This should ease out the pain.
Customer: That's good.
Physician123: If you do not get better in the next couple of days then you can see a doctor and get this investigated.
Customer: Okay, I won't worry about it then, unless it doesn't get better. Thank you!