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Your Chest Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing or Coughing May Also be Known as:
Chest pain when breathing
Chest pain when coughing
Hurts to breathe
Hurts when breathing
Hurts while breathing
Pain when breathing
Pain while breathing
Painful breathing

Top 3 Chest Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing or Coughing Causes

  1. 1.Coxsackie b Virus Infection

    Coxsackie B Virus usually doesn't cause any symptoms but can be the cause of nonspecific fever and, in rare cases, lung or heart infections. The disease is most common in children but adults are susceptible too.

    Coxsackie B Virus infection ends on its own and does not even need a true diagnostic test. Treatment is not necessary, but over the counter medication to symptomatically treat pain and fever might be helpful.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea
    Symptoms that always occur with coxsackie b virus infection:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Pericarditis (Inflammation Surrounding the Heart)

    Pericarditis is a condition in which the membrane, or sac, around the heart is inflamed. This sac is called the pericardium.

    You should go to the ER immediately, where doctors would take pictures of your heart, take a blood test, and take an electrical reading of your heart. Treatment typically entails an NSAID and colchicine.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, being severely ill, fever, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone
    Symptoms that always occur with pericarditis (inflammation surrounding the heart):
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Dressler's Syndrome

    Dressler's Syndrome is the inflammation of the sac around the heart 2-5 weeks after a heart attack, presenting with chest pain and fever.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, as Dressler's is potentially dangerous. Diagnosis is done by blood tests, chest x-rays, and an ECG (measuring the electrical rhythms of the heart). Treatment involves high doses of aspirin or corticosteroids.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, fever, joint pain, moderate fever
    Symptoms that always occur with dressler's syndrome:
    chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Chest Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing or Coughing

  • Q.Is your chest pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our chest pain that gets worse when breathing or coughing symptom checker.

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Chest Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing or Coughing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced chest pain that gets worse when breathing or coughing have also experienced:

    • 12% Rib Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing, Coughing, Sneezing, or Laughing
    • 11% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 5% Rib Pain
  • People who have experienced chest pain that gets worse when breathing or coughing had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Day
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced chest pain that gets worse when breathing or coughing were most often matched with:

    • 2% Coxsackie b Virus Infection
    • 2% Pericarditis (Inflammation Surrounding the Heart)

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