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could coughing cause broken ribs?

About 3 months ago, I developed a terrible cough. I am a smoker so I cut the smoking out & began breathing treatments with some albuterol I got from a friend. The cough eased though it never went away. then, about a month and a half after it began, I got really ill. Not having health insurance I didn't want to go to a doctor because I couldn't afford to pay up front. After about a week of feeling really rotten I took myself to the emergency room. The doctor told me I had walking pneumonia. After taking the 6 different prescription meds completely, I felt better but the cough & wheezing never went away. The cough is non productive and very deep. Thanksgiving night, I noticed a soreness in my mid to lower back. By noon the next day the pain was excruciating. With much reluctance, I went back to the ER. The doc told me after x rays, that I was over pneumonia but have bronchitis and pleurisy. He gave me anti inflamitories and something for pain. After spending 5 whole days in bed, I felt ok enough to return to work. Well, last night I was visiting a friend and had a coughing spell. I coughed very deeply and felt a hard pop in my back. It was so audible that 3 people in the room heard it. I hit the floor and almost blacked out from the pain. After calming down I coughed again and felt another snap in the same area. My friend who is a nurse tried to feel my ribs for any abnormalities, however, I am a larger woman and feeling my bones proved difficult. The pain is unbearable and trying to supress a cough is horrible. I am in such pain. Because my ER bills are stacking up, I hate to go back because I know there's not much they can do for a broken rib. But when I cough even lightly I feel like I am being stabbed! Should I suck it up and go, or is there anything I can do at home? Is it even possible to break a rib from coughing? I am really in terrible pain.
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Yes,coughing can break ribs! I have also gotten horrible spasms along my shoulder blade on the left side from coughing,this was worse than the broken rib. I could not keep from screaming.  I have chronic bronchitis and my lungs fill up all the time. Actually, you can get a binder with velcro closing at a medical supply store.  It really helps to have a tight binding on your ribs. check it out.  Good Luck!
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can you break ribs from coughing? ive had a cough for over two months and developed very bad chest pain. im just out of hospital (2nights) with possible blood clots in my chest. they couldn't x-ray me as i am 3 months pregnant. they took blood tests and are convinced that i do not have a blood clot it may just be bad muscle pain.
when i got home i took a coughing fit and heard and felt a huge popping noise in my chest and severe pain after it.. it is very painfull to move certain ways, breath and cough.

have i got broken ribs?
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I have broken ribs from sneezing attacks, and recently coughing. But when they popped, I wasn't doing anything, just leaning on the counter, very strange! Now I have Osteoporosis, so that makes them weaker.
They got better quickly, but now worse, almost 5 weeks, popping all the time, from front to side to back. Very annoying, can feel them with my hand, especially when in bed & sitting in car. Will this ever go away?
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