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The pain of the man you just spoke to is similar to mine.

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The pain of the man you just spoke to is similar to mine. But my pain is immediately behind my lowest ribs about 3 inches to the left of my sternum....same symptom, though: it hurts when I cough, then subsides. I am male, 64 years old
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Since the pain comes with coughing muscle spasm is the likely cause.
The rib cage muscles can get pulled with coughing.
Heart related pain will come with physical activities commonly and will not go away like that.
You can try over the counter tylenol or Advil for pain control.
Another possibility can be lung infection like pneumonia.
If the pain persists, it is better to see your doctor tomorrow for a EKG and clinical evaluation.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 months ago.

Very welcome
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