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Painful breathing, blood test positive for whooping cough. Had bronchitis

I have been sick for 6 weeks. I was diagnosised with bronchitis at the hospital and treated with antibiotic and cough syrup . Two weeks ago my physcian did a blood test and it came back positive for whooping cough . He also thought I had a cracked rib my left side was hurting and senstive. The past two days I am getting severe pain when I breath and move it feels like someone punched my left lung . Do you think this is something that should be checked or just muscles
Asked On : Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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You could have fractured a rib during a bout of severe cough which is known to occur. The pain is because of the cracked rib. You should get a xray chest done as it will confirm the diagnosis of fracture rib and rule out any other lung pathology. I hope you have been treated for bronchitis and whooping cough if it was positive as mentioned by you. Take frequent nebulization with salsol and budecort and a painkiller like tyelenol. I the pain is unbearable, consult a surgeon/orthopedician who may strap the portion of your left rib cage with the fractured rib.
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