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A 40-year-old female asked:

I had the flu for a month and have started to stop coughing but my back and under my chest is so sore and if i cough or lay that side it hurts so much... ?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
Musculoskletal pain: Take advil or aleve (naproxen) and otc cough suppressant . Your pharmacist can help you to choose one.
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Get a Chest x-ray if pain persists and doesn't go away after your cough has stopped,like simple muscle soreness would.
Jun 14, 2015
Dr. Atul Singh
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Chest X-ray : sometimes rare but happens one can develop a rib fracture from bad cough. Alternatively there could be a pleural based pathology. A chest X-ray is a good place to start and would seek input from your primary care doc. Best of luck, feel better.
Dr. William Simon
Integrative Medicine 32 years experience
Sore ribs: i doubt that you have had the "flu" for a month as it does not last but a few days, a cough that long has a different origin, such as pertussis or chronic allergies or allergic bronchitis. Chronic cough certainly can cause sore muscles and ribs. This should resolve when the cough subsides. NSAIDs can help with the soreness along with stretches and heat. You need to see a Dr if you haven't. Already

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