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Flu, cough, pain under rib cage, might be a pulled muscle. Would tensor bandage help?

i visited my family doctor a few days ago, i just got over the flu and a violent cough , i ve been having pains in my side under my rib cage, which seems to be worsening every time i cough, he gave me 2 puffers, and said that i may have pulled or stretched out a muscle. but it seems more sore each day since. would wrapping a tensor bandage around my rib cage to restrict movement when i cough be good or bad for the healing process?
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Dear subliminal-distortion,
Good afternoon,
If you still continue to have cough togather with this pain, it is likely to be a pneumonitis (infection of lung) or a pleuritis (inflammation of membrane covering the lung). Please get a chest x-ray done. You may need a course of antibiotics and pain killers/ antiinflammatory drugs togather with a cough formula.
Hope this answers your query, I will be glad to reply any follow up query that you have.
Wishing you best of health.
Answered: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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