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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 9 years ago.
There are a number of things that can cause pain when you cough. The most frequent cause is musculoskelatal pain from the repeated muscular contractions associated with the cough itself.

You may also have an element of pleurisy - pain cause by an inflammation of the lining around the lung from a pneumonia.

I would strongly recommend that you QUIT smoking (I'm sure you have heard that before), but it will help with the cough.

I would also recommend that you see a doctor ASAP to get checked for pneumonia. You should have a chest X-ray to exclude pneumonia or other more serious causes of this pain.
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