I am a 48 year old woman and right after I had eaten lunch today I coughed and felt a sharp pain spread out from the middle under my breasts. Then I broke out in a sweat that lasted approximately 2-3 minutes. Afterwards I was back to normal. Prior to this I have been overcoming a cold with a cough and congestion that seems to be lingering. Should I see a doctor right away?
It's always difficult to answer these questions without seeing you personally. We also don't give direct medical advice via the internet, so I would consult your physician. That being said, your symptoms don't sound like it's your heart. It is common to have issues related to gastric reflux that can cause chest pain. This comes to mind given you had just eaten. Also strain from a hard cough could cause a temporary muscle strain, particularly if the area is sore from previous coughing.
If you feel that your cough and congestion has been lingering longer than usual, I would recommend you go see your primary care doctor. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other concerning symptoms again, then I would recommend seeking medical attention.
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