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What causes pain in ribs and chest while coughing?

I am still getting over a cold during which I had a pretty hard cough. Now I feel a pain about midway down my ribs on the left side of my chest when I cough or move in certain ways. I am a smoker, but have cut back quite a bit once the pain started. I am also a 24 year old male who is athletic and exercises regularly. From the research I have done online, it sounds like I have strained intercostal muscle. Is this probably the case?
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
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Hello dear

Warm welcome to Healthcaremagic.com
I have evaluated your query in details .

* The pain seems in relation with irritation of parietal pleura in concern
with underlying lung infection rather than strained muscle .

Hope this will help to clear your doubt .
Wishing you fine recovery .

Always welcome for any further assistance anytime .
Regards .
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