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Lately, for alteast two- two and a half months i've had a terrible cough. Sometimes i cough so hard i feel like i'm going to die and cant stop hacking. This morning I coughed pretty hard but it wasn't as bad as it gets, and heard a crack i thought I heard from my back, but as soon as i heard it my ribs started hurting really bad. Its the upper right side of my ribcage, and i can hardly move. I cant twist my back, can't move my left arm, and the last time i stood up it kind of hurt more when i'd walk and use the muscles in my legs. I'm worried i cracked my ribs, or damaged my lungs or something. I know if i cracked my ribs, theres really nothing doctors can do, but whatever i did, is there anyway to fix it?

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hey kayle,

yes you absolutly can crack a rib from coughing hard you can also tear some of the connective tissue between your ribs.

i would get this cough checked out and possibly tested for tuberculosis if your cough has been this bad for this long

thanks ;-)
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do you think smoking certain things could cause my cough?
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6524 posts
well they certianly wont help your cough. what type of certian things?
and how long have you smoked them before you got this cough? ;-)
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It happened to me.  I had bad congestion that caused a severe coughing attack and actually heard a rib crack in my chest.  The diagnosis was confirmed by the ER and the only cure is a natural healing process with pain medication as needed only.  This post helped confirm my theory about how that happened.

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