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Pain on my upper back hurt when I cough and take deep breath no fever, no flu or cold has been 2 days, what maybe be?

Pain on my upper back hurt when I cough and take deep breath no fever, no flu or cold has been 2 days, what maybe be?

Diaphragm pain: Irritation of the diaphragm from abdominal or chest can be referred toor felt in the shoulder. That is the muscle that expands the chest when you breathe. Coughing can be due to allergies, some medications, reflux, viral or bacterial illness among other things. I hope. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I got my flu shot a few months ago now I'm sick with everything even a cough that hurts my back and chest. Should I go to the doctor?

I got my flu shot a few months ago now I'm sick with everything even a cough that hurts my back and chest. Should I go to the doctor?

Probably...: The flu shot is not a live vaccine and is unlikely to be the cause of your symptoms. Your cough can be due to many diagnoses so you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. A cough can lead to musculoskeletal discomfort that will resolve once the cough is gone. ...Read more

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31 Wks preg. Flu for 5days now no improvement. Now sudden pain on left side of my back just under rib hurts to cough ect. No fever w/severe chills?

31 Wks preg. Flu for 5days now no improvement. Now sudden pain on left side of my back just under rib hurts to cough ect. No fever w/severe chills?

Call your Dr (s): You really need to contact your OBGYN to be sure whatever you do for the flu is safe and you need treatment for the flu - if that's what it is. 5 days of such distress and pain is not good for you and probably not for the baby either. Get treated ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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...?

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...?

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. ...Read more

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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...?

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...?

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 ...Read more

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I just went to a clinic yesterday she said I have the flu. But I am having problems breathing can't get up and do stuff without being exhausted and I have a pain in my back around rib area that hurts when I cough. What do I do?

I just went to a clinic yesterday she said I have the flu. But I am having problems breathing can't get up and do stuff without being exhausted and I have a pain in my back around rib area that hurts when I cough. What do I do?

Flu can be severe: If you're having such severe symptoms, you need to go back and have your oxygen levels checked. Particularly the test that we call an 'ambulatory pulse ox' - they need to walk you and see what your oxygen levels drop to. Based on that, you may need to be hospitalized. I suspect also you've injured one of the small muscles that connects the ribs (from coughing). Flu can be very dangerous. Go to ER ...Read more

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Chesty cough, blocked noise, hurts where my ribs r when I cough and my back. Aches and pains, my neck. Think my gland r swollen, but throat not sore. Flu?

Chesty cough, blocked noise, hurts where my ribs r when I cough and my back. Aches and pains, my neck. Think my gland r swollen, but throat not sore. Flu?

Probably viral: Sounds like upper respiratory infection or flu caused by virus. Coughing hard can elicit soreness in ribs. Sometimes pleuritis, inflammation of lining of lungs can mimic rib pain. If symptoms get worse and difficulty with high fever and change in severity of symptoms, should contact your physician. Sometimes superimposed bacterial infection can occur. Smoking will worsen cough. ...Read more

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Just got over a flu with a fever and enflamed throat. Now I have a bad cough throat hurts and part of my back feels sunburned, inside of lip is peelin?

Just got over a flu with a fever and enflamed throat. Now I have a bad cough throat hurts and part of my back feels sunburned, inside of lip is peelin?

Give it time: Viral illnesses run their course in about 10 days. If you are otherwise healthy, you will recover fine. Sometimes viruses can cause rashes or skin inflammation. That may be the sunburned feeling and lip peeling. Also, it could be dehydration, especially if you had a fever. Hydrate yourself with electrolyte/sport drinks. Suppress the cough with cough syrup so you can get a good night sleep. Rest! ...Read more

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Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Sounds like flu symp: Even though u have had a flu shot u r not sure of 100% protection from the flu. Treat it as such. But if u r not improving or develop new symptoms such as neck pain with head movement or neck flexion, c ur pcp right away. ...Read more

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I get persistent non productive cough when I get flue like infection which last continuously upto 3 months. Come back again when I get next flu or cold?

I get persistent non productive cough when I get flue like infection which last continuously upto 3 months. Come back again when I get next flu or cold?

Bronchospasm...: This likely represents bronchospasm as a result of the infection. It can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers, which should control the cough. See your doctor the next time this occurs so this treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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I've had flu symptoms & bad cough for 3 weeks I started on ab's & ventalin 5 days ago I'm no better should I go back to doctor or wait? How long?

I've had flu symptoms & bad cough for 3 weeks I started on ab's & ventalin 5 days ago I'm no better should I go back to doctor or wait? How long?

Cough possibility...: The flu is caused by a virus and will complete its course. However, the cough may be related to bronchospasm which should respond to the ventolin inhaler but you may need a steroid inhaler as well to fully treat the bronchospasm. If the cough is no better in 7-10 days from the start of therapy, or if it is worsening, see your doc again. ...Read more

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Fever 101.2 feeling exhausted head hurts, dry cough for 2 days but mucus is stuck in lungs. Nose and throat are ok. Pneumonia Or flu?

Fever 101.2 feeling exhausted head hurts, dry cough for 2 days but mucus is stuck in lungs. Nose and throat are ok. Pneumonia Or flu?

Hard to say; get see: A fever of 101.2 deg F is significant & not low-grade (100.4 deg F) so a bacterial infection is definitely possible. Detecting it, tho, is tricky as u will require blood tests & timed blood cultures when ur temp goes that high. Pneumonia just means infx of lungs, not specified as to bacteria or viral. U can get secondary infections of bacteria after lungs weakened by flu virus. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I coughed due to cold/flu symptoms. I coughed real hard now right side of rib area hurts when cough. What should do?

Cough: Forceful coughing can cause discomfort in muscles in chest/back/abdomen. Usually over the counter analgesics such as acetominophen/ nsaids will help. Ultimately the cough has to go away before the discomfort will go away. ...Read more

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Symptoms I have are lower back aches, indegestion and a bad cough. Could it jsut be the flu?

Depends: If you are a teenager or young adult, these symptoms are less of a concern than if you are older and have other medical conditions. These sorts of symptoms require an examination by your physician to sort out if they last too long. ...Read more

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What kind of flu like symptoms do I have, when my chest hurts & a bad cough?

What kind of flu like symptoms do I have, when my chest hurts & a bad cough?

Flu?: Common flu symptoms are low grade temp, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sneezing -- you may have more than flu and it could be pneumonia -- go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Just had flu n pnemona shots an im suffer from cough sinsus stuffiness fell tired thoracic back n chest pain.

Just had flu n pnemona shots an im suffer from cough sinsus stuffiness fell tired thoracic back n chest pain.

Shots: You can have local soreness at the site of injection. You could get a mild fever. You might have mild aches in the places you describe. All for abt 2 days. But if chest & back pain is more than a mild ache, see a doctor. Especially if you have diabetes or heart trouble. The local arm site can be quite achy. When in doubt check it out (with a doctor.). ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my middle upper back when I cough, started the day after I was sick with the flu.?

I have a sharp pain in my middle upper back when I cough, started the day after I was sick with the flu.?

Muscle strain?: The most common reason for a back pain after coughing is a pulled muscle. It's also possible to crack a rib from severe coughing spells. Other possible causes include a pneumonia that is causing the cough, pleuritis, and other musculoskeletal problems. ...Read more

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I have a very bad flu. Every time I cough or make any physical effort where I am breathing harder than normal, my chest really hurts. Is this normal?

I have a very bad flu. Every time I cough or make any physical effort where I am breathing harder than normal, my chest really hurts. Is this normal?

Concerned: Sometimes the flu can cause respiratory pain and sometimes it can cause pneumonia. Perhaps having a doctor check your vital signs and listen to your lungs will lead you to more clarification? Good luck ...Read more

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I've had a flu 3 weeks ago but my cough is still pretty strong now im having chest and back pain what can it be?

I've had a flu 3 weeks ago but my cough is still pretty strong now im having chest and back pain what can it be?

Pneumonia: Sounds like a lung infection. Go to the Emergency room as soon as possible to rule this out and potentially treat other causes of chest pain. ...Read more

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Got flu shot friday having side effects that comes along with it and having chest pain to it hurt when I breath in or out, cough, when I bend down?

Influenza vaccine: These symptoms are not generally associated with this killed virus vaccine, and would strongly recommend that you see a doctor asap and find out what else may be going on. Their onset may simply be coincidental with your receipt of the vaccine. ...Read more

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Chronic cough, hard time breathing body hurts chills...do I hv the flu.. I wirk in child care?

Chronic cough, hard time breathing body hurts chills...do I hv the flu.. I wirk in child care?

Infection: This may be influenza, but without seeing you and testing there is no way to diagnose. See a doctor, particularly if there is trouble breathing, and do not go to work at child care. You will only infect the children. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Flu 2 weeks lost voice but coming back still feeling sick cough and mucus. I have a pinched nerve at same time neck very painful have meds.

Flu 2 weeks lost voice but coming back still feeling sick cough and mucus. I have a pinched nerve at same time neck very painful have meds.

Not sure: What you'd like to know. The background info is useful if we know what your concern or question is. Go ahead and try asking again! Feel better soon. ...Read more

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Do I need anti-biotics? I have just had a cold/flu and I am left with a chesty cough, my chest hurts and when I cough I do bring up while flem

Do I need anti-biotics? I have just had a cold/flu and I am left with a chesty cough, my chest hurts and when I cough I do bring up while flem

Probably not: If you don't have a fever, it's unlikely that you have pneumonia, which would require antibiotics. Otherwise, colds and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics, because they're caused by viruses.. ...Read more