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Persisting cough with pain under the rib cage. Difficulty in walking due to dry cough

I have incessant cough for past 15 days together with pinching pain on the left side right underneath my rib cage due to which I am unable to sleep sideways, as soon as I turn to any side the cought starts again and I rush to washroom to spit. Earlier, the cough was with mucus but now it is dry cough and I am unable to talk. Awaiting your feedback.
Asked On : Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012
You are having a chest infection which could be pneumonia, bronchitis, pleuropneumonia, and other atypical germ chest infection. So, i will suggest you visit a doctor right away for evaluation and to run laboratory exams + chest x-ray to able to determine what type of affection you are presenting with.
Non-the-less you could start by taking a cough syrup like carbocysteine or mucomyst or bronchathiol syrup etc. Also appropriate antibiotics and steroid could alleviate the problem. But i suggest you see your doctor for proper prescription after physical evaluation.

Best regards and hope this helps
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question

Your symptoms are suggestive of upper respiratory infection(URTI)

I woud suggest you to consult a nearby physician to get yourself investigated for URTI .

You may need a course of antibiotic,antihistiminics and cough syrup.

Hope this answers your question.
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Anju Choudhary's  Response
hi there, dry incessant cough can be the reason for the pain in your side. As change in posture aggravates the condition it would be wise to get a plain x-ray chest done to rule out any interstitial pnuemonia.In the meanwhile you could use some cough drops and steam inhalation to loosen up the mucous plug if any and for easy expectoration, cough sedative syrups are also available over the counter but they are addictive and best avoided except to be taken in the night for uninterrupted sleep, according to the x-ray you can take the advise of your physician and correct treatment. Take care.
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