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Woman breaks 4 ribs in coughing fit as she’s unable to handle eating spicy food

A Chinese woman broke four ribs after eating spicy food and having a coughing fit.

The woman, from Shanghai in China, whose surname is Huang, heard a loud cracking sound from her chest as she couldn't stop coughing following a spicy meal.

She just couldn't handle the heat as soon after she had difficulty talking, walking and breathing and was forced to seek medical attention, despite initially thinking nothing of it.

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At the hospital she had a CT scan, which showed that she had four slightly broken ribs.

Otherwise there were no further abnormalities.

Huang was told that she had a weak upper body, which resulted in her being more prone to fractures.

They told her that her thin upper torso, weak muscular structure and low body weight caused her broken ribs – She is only 171 cm tall and weighs approximately 57 kg.

Due to her low weight she lacked muscle strength to support her bone structure making her more susceptible to injury.

However, her body mass index is within the normal range but she admitted that she doesn't do much exercise.

The thoracic surgeon told her that she needed to rest for a month with bandages in place to help support her.

She was also advised by the doctor to partake in more physical activity to strengthen muscles, once she recovers from her fractures.

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In a video talking about the freak accident, Huang admitted that she has really never exercised after giving birth to her baby.

Some commenters were shocked at the incident, while others expressed relief at weighing heavier and sent her their well wishes.

It is not the first case of its kind as previously, a 48-year-old woman also fractured two of her ribs after coughing.

This was due to an allergic reaction to flowers she received from her husband.


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