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Sharp pain under left rib cage, hurts while coughing, sneezing. Is it costochondritis ?

I have been haveing sharp pain under my left rib cage for about two weeks now. It don t hurt to much moving. But it really hurts when I cough , sneez and when I squeeze on the toilet. I got checked a week ago. The doc said it was costiocondritus. And it should get better. I m done with the mess and its only gotten worse.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Welcome to the forum.
Pain in that location after coughing is usually caused by a strain of the muscles and ligaments used to generate a forceful expiration - i.e. a cough or sneeze. It will usually resolve in a few days with anti-inflammatory medications. Also could be costochondritis.
If the pain should become unbearable or be accompanied by fever, bloody sputum, or significant shortness of breath you should be checked by a doctor.
I hope this is helpful to you.
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Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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