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Sore back, painful to laugh or cough. What to do?

hi got flu overseas 4 weeks ago, lots of coughing causing very sore ribs/ chest . still having soreness in left side of chest/side/back. like a stabbing pain when i move/laugh/cough/get out of bed on lhs of chest mainly. can t do anything for it as it feels like a muscular issue - not so much like a pain you can have a tablet for. not getting better, got a bit worse in the last week
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Bec,
Some infection of the chest can also cause cough in addition to flu.
Is your cough dry or productive?
It will be good if you get the following investigations done:-
1. Complete Blood Count
2. Chest X-Ray PA view
Antihisataminics will help in reducing the cough. Take medicines after getting yourself examined by a medical professional.
I hope this is helpful to you. You can write again with the reports. It will be helpful for planning the treatment.
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
A cough of 4 weeks needs investigation - a chest X-ray is a MUST.
The pain could be pleural (covering of lungs).
You MUST be examined by a physician - to rule out a few things. A bacterial infection, after 'flu' / pleural irritation or fluid / wheezing and so on.
Take care
Good luck
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