Patient :What do Coughing fits mean? For 2 years 8 have been having Coughing fits when I wake up at night or after laughing. I have always thought this normal until friends witnessed it. After a laugh, even one that isn't too hard, I start to cough. The cough goes on for about 5 minutes, during which I can barely breath between the coughs. At the end of this, a very sharp pain is felt in the groin area and in the centre of the chest. For 10 minutes after that, I cannot breath properly. One full breath and the Coughing starts all over again. This is accompanied by wheezing.
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