A 70-year-old female asked:
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it started with pain in upper back caused by coughing with the flu bug. after about a month, it went to the ribs. pain causes stomach to bloat.?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: Pain can affect the intestines and cause slowing down of the digestive process. Also possible that if you have been taking anti-inflammatory pain meds, that your stomach is getting upset. Chronic pain can certainly affect other parts of the body, there are lots of treatments so it is reasonable to see your doc and explore alternatives.
Answered on Nov 2, 2012
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