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

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    3-4 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of appetite
    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.

    2 weeks

    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.

    Resolves with treatment but may relapse

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, fever, joint pain, chest pain that gets worse when breathing or coughing
    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.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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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:

    • 13% Rib Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing, Coughing, Sneezing, or Laughing
    • 12% 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:

    • 50% 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% Pericarditis (Inflammation Surrounding the Heart)
    • 1% Coxsackie b Virus Infection
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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