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After a severe sinus infection, when I cough or sneeze, it

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After a severe sinus infection, when I cough or sneeze, it feels like a broken rib on my right side by the heart.
JA: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?
Customer: I'm mainly over the infection and now seldom cough or sneeze, but it hurts.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I don't belive there was any trauma. The only other time I experienced similar pain was with broken ribs, but it can't be that now.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 months ago.

you could have fractured a rib

with severe coughing episodes, some people can fracture a rib.

you need a chest CT scan or rib xray series to see if you have fractured a rib.