The Reason Your Stomach Hurts When You Cough – And What To Do About It


Coughing is one of the most common symptoms that patients experience. Unfortunately, coughing can also be quite irritating and discomforting for some people. In this blog, we will talk about the causes of stomach pain when coughing and how to treat it. We will also cover some preventive measures against stomach ache while coughing and medications that can be administered to relieve discomfort. So stay put – we have a lot of great information for you in this article!

The Causes of Stomach Pain When You Cough

Make no mistake that coughing can be painful. And if you’re not sure why, you’re not alone. The causes of stomach pain when coughing are manifold, but the most common is how you breathe. Coughing and breathing share a close relationship – when you cough, you breathe in more air than usual, which causes pain in your stomach. Here we have explained the other common causes of stomach pain while coughing:

1. Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a very serious condition that can be life-threatening if not treated in time. The main symptoms of appendicitis is a pain in the lower abdomen and perianal area. It is important to get medical help if you experience this symptom as soon as possible. The treatment for appendicitis usually involves surgery, which can be quite risky and unpleasant. However, with the right care and attention from doctors, most patients will recover completely from the condition within a few weeks.

2. Gallstones

Gallstones are the most common cause of stomach-related pain. They form when the gallbladder doesn’t work properly and, as a result, collects stones. The pain is due to these stones’ pressure exerted on the liver and intestines. There are various ways to treat gallstones – diet, exercise, medication, etcetera – but the most effective way is usually surgery.

3. Cystitis

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder and lowers the respiratory tract due to coughing and vomiting. It is a common ailment, especially in people who are regularly exposed to smoke, flu, or colds. The main symptoms are a persistent dry cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain and fever. Treatment usually involves antibiotics to clear the infection and decongestion therapy (such as pelvic floor physiotherapy) to reduce swelling and fluid retention. Various lifestyle changes can be made to help prevent recurrence: such as avoiding smoke, drinking plenty of fluids, etcetera.

4. Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are a common problem and can cause pain when coughing. If left untreated, kidney stones can lead to more serious complications, such as kidney failure. The best way to deal with kidney stones is by having a doctor evaluate and treat them as soon as possible. Treatment options include medications, surgery, or both.

5. Hernia

If you are experiencing stomach pain when you cough, it is important to see your doctor for an examination and diagnosis. A hernia could be the cause of this pain. If a hernia is detected and addressed sooner, it can usually be successfully healed without any long-term side effects.

6. Diverticular Disease

A group of diseases that causes the development of tiny sacs in the colon’s wall (large intestine). Mild cases may not show any symptoms, and they may cause pain in the lower abdomen as the condition progresses. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to see a doctor: stomach pain when coughing, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea. Diverticular disease is the most common cause of these symptoms and, if left untreated, can lead to complications such as intestinal blockages (stomach pains that last for hours or even days), liver damage, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), peritonitis ( inflammation of abdominal wall) and even death. Make sure to get yourself checked out as soon as possible – odds are you’ll be told there is nothing wrong with you after all!

7. Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and, as such, can cause pain in the stomach when you cough. This pain can be intense and last for hours, often making it difficult to sleep or eat. There are a few things that you can do to ease pancreatitis symptoms and prevent it from recurring: drink plenty of fluids, avoid spicy foods and drink chamomile tea before bedtime to relax the gut lining.

8. Ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts are one of the most common causes of stomach-related pain. They’re usually asymptomatic but can become large and painful if they rupture. Treatment involves surgical removal and often involves antibiotics to prevent infection. Get checked out immediately if you experience any pain or discomfort when you cough!

How to ease a stomach ache when you cough

There’s no denying that coughing can be annoying. But it’s also a natural way of expelling mucus and phlegm from the body. The problem is that when you cough, your stomach puts pressure on your esophagus, leading to pain and difficulty breathing deeply. If the coughing is severe, it may even lead to a stomachache. Here are some tips that can help you treat a stomach ache when you cough:

1. Drink Fluids

Drinking plenty of fluids is a great way to ease symptoms associated with coughing. This includes water, herbal teas, and even fruit juices. Not only will it help you stay hydrated, but it’ll also help flush out your system and relieve pain in the stomach.

2. Take Ibuprofen or Aleve.

If pain is severe, taking ibuprofen or Aleve can provide relief fast. These medications are available over the counter and are usually effective at reducing inflammation and pain in the stomach area. Make sure to read the label before taking them – some have side effects that may worsen the pain associated with coughing.

3. Visit TGH URGENT Care Powered by Fast Track.

Visit your nearest TGH Urgent Care walk-in clinic. Our clinic is known for providing fast and effective treatment for medical conditions such as stomach pain. In most cases, they can treat the pain and inflammation using only local therapy – meaning no need for medications or surgery.


Hopefully, these tips will help you feel better.  If not, be sure to reach out for help – your healthcare provider at TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track, is an excellent option for resolving pain and inflammation in the stomach area.

Your health is very important to us at TGH Urgent Care. We are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the right care at the right place at the right time. Certain medical conditions should always be treated in an Emergency Department. Please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department if you are concerned about a life-threatening condition.


The blogs presented by TGH Urgent Care in partnership with Fast Track are not a replacement for medical care and are exclusively intended for educational purposes. The content provided here should not be construed as medical guidance. If you are encountering any symptoms, we strongly recommend that you seek an appointment with a duly qualified medical practitioner at our nearest facility.

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