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Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?

Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?

Mgt: If the pain only occurs with a cough, most likely the pain is caused by muscular-skeletal pain. I would suggest a heating pad and Motrin. If it continues, or is associated with respiratory difficulty, a follow up appt is indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be ...Read more


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I have a dry non-productive cough that will not go away, and my ribs hurt horribly from the never ending hacking. Is there any I have been taking cough suppressants like mucinex, and cold medicine like nyquil. Trying to sleep is horrible , all I do is gu

Hello. : Hello. You might talk to your doctor about tessalon perrles or use of codiene. Both can be very helpful with continual coughing. Make sure that you hydrate really well. At least 8 8 ounces glasses of water per day. ...Read more

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What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a possible sinus infection and placed on clindamysin 300 mg 3 times a day i still have a productive cough and my head is killing me it even hurts when i shake my head in my teeth! my stuffiness is better but what's going on? In addit

I was diagnosed with a possible sinus infection and placed on clindamysin 300 mg 3 times a day i still have a productive cough and my head is killing me it even hurts when i shake my head in my teeth!  my stuffiness is better but what's going on? In addit

Still have sinusitis: Some sinus infections are more difficult to treat than others. Many si's don't respond to anitbiotics because they are viral. The roots of your back teeth are embedded in the bone just underneath you maxilary sinuses and inflamation and pressure from the the sinus often effects your teeth. Sometimes, the bone in the floor of your sinuses swell causing one side of your bite to feel higher. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat productive cough when i cough it hurts my head and back to the point of tears. I have trouble sleeping. I am extremely weak.

I have a sore throat productive cough when i cough it hurts my head and back to the point of tears. I have trouble sleeping. I am extremely weak.

See a doctor: This sounds potentially quite serious and in need of extensive history and physical and possibly some imaging studies. Do not wait, go and get seen and diagnosed and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Throat itches/burns, and hurts to swallow, accompanied by a non-productive cough, body aches, fatigue. Temperature is only in the 99's?

Throat itches/burns, and hurts to swallow, accompanied by a non-productive cough, body aches, fatigue. Temperature is only in the 99's?

Probable flu: Symptoms you describe appear to be viral. Cannot totally rule out a bacterial cause. Common cold usually does not cause extensive aches/pains. You might find that your temperature goes higher at night. The best thing to do is stay away from others to keep them well, gargle with regular Listerine, use Lozenge with benzocaine, take vitamin C and OTC cough medicine. Not improved in 2 days see MD. ...Read more

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Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.

Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.

Could be either: Symptoms of flu and routine viral respiratory disease overlap. If it is within the first couple days then get viral cultures for flu and start tamiflu if positive to shorten and decrease illness. Otherwise treat symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

Varies: Certainly among the more common causes are an infectious process such as in the sinuses for example; "allergies" can be another cause. A good medical checkup is sometimes a good place to start. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more