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Could I have torn a muscle in my stomach from coughing too

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could I have torn a muscle in my stomach from coughing too hard, it hurts too much to cough.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question,
I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.
When did it happen?
In which part of the abdomen exactly?
Is there any swelling, redness?
How old are you?
Since when are you coughing?
Did you take any other medicine besides cough medicine?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
I was waiting for your reply.
I noticed you did not see the info request & went offline.
I am sending the answer so that you can see it when you come on line.
If you have any query after reading it, please ask.
From your symptoms it appears to be muscle pull or strain.
Coughing can cause pull on it, if it is forceful.
Muscle tear is unlikely.
The symptoms increase with activity of the specific muscles.
Treatment of muscle pull is to keep the muscles at rest.
Please put an hand to support the muscle while coughing.
Try to cough less forcefully.
Application of ice can be helpful.
Please do not apply directly.
Apply after wrapping in a towel & not more than 10-15 min at a time.
Analgesics with antiinflammatory actions like motrin or naproxen can be taken if there is no contraindication.
You need to take it after meal to avoid irritation of stomach.
I would advise to take an examination by doctor for an evaluation too if the pain gets severe.
I hope this information helps.
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