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Coughed hard. Felt tear in the bottom of ribs. Having difficulty in breathing when sneezing/coughing. Reason?

recently I was driinking water and felt like when I swallowed the water went down the wrong pipe which made me cough . Well I coughed real hard and felt a slight tear under the bottom of my left ribs. This happened about 2 weeks ago so I cut out all my physical activity and began to use Ice on my ribs/just below them and heat and took ibprofen for the pain. Since then I have notice that sometimes if I sneeze or cough it becomes difficult to breath/catch my breath. I am wondering if I might have punctured a lung or something when I hurt myself
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Accidental leakage of liquids from throat into the wind pipe is not uncommon. The severe bout of cough could have produced (a) Strain or sprain of some ligaments (the cord-like structures at the end of muscles) (b) Muscular strain or rupture of a few fibers. Though reported in literature, fracture of rib sue to cough is rather uncommon.

It is unlikely that a punctured lung (with air in side the pleural cavity around the lung) will allow 2 weeks to pass.
Simple analgesics with local heat application or simple pain balms might help.

The pain may take a week or two more to reduce. If you are very worried about your lung, please get yourself evaluated by a physician or pulmonologist. He will carry out the necessary investigations and come to an exact, complete diagnosis.

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Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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