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I have a pain in my left side lower rib area when I sneeze

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I have a pain in my left side lower rib area when I sneeze or cough. Just got over a pretty bad chest cold with a lot of coughing/sneezing and I sneeze rather violently..
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Customer: Sharp pain in my lower left rib area when coughing or sneezing.. pretty sharp pain, started around saturday, was feeling better but after a hard 5 sneeze sneezing fit last night it hurts worse if I cough today and a dull constant pain in that area
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

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

This is likely muscle pull related pain.

Coughing can cause this commonly.

However, bacterial pneumonia another possibility.

Chest Xrays are recommended to rule that out.

Ibuprofen and warm compress should help in 2 weeks.
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