Medical Specialty >> Pulmonology

Doctors Lounge - Pulmonology Answers

Back to Pulmonology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/19/2017.

Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Car accident sharp pains when coughing, laughing


 birdsofbalt - Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:50 pm

18 year old male

i got in a car accident 45mph into a telephone pole and i have intense short sharp pains with the slightest cough that radiates into my arms and just the whole upper body sometimes. also when i laugh it hurts in my chest real bad. it doesnt hurt with normal breathing or deep breathing though is it possible this is more then just a bruised up chest, should i get this checked out?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:14 am

User avatar Hi Birdsofbalt,

An accident at 45 miles an hour is plenty fast enough to cause problems. Your pain may be due to a broken or fractured rib or some bruised muscles.

I'd recommend you see a doctor to have this checked out.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us