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I have had a persistent cough that has got progressively worse, I have hot flushes and also pain and discomfort in back at bottom of rib cage.?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Possibilities...
The possibilities for a cough of over 3 weeks duration are bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors.
The pain in the rib cage is probably musculoskeletal from the cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment as all of these have different treatments.

In brief: Possibilities...
The possibilities for a cough of over 3 weeks duration are bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors.
The pain in the rib cage is probably musculoskeletal from the cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment as all of these have different treatments.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Also ask your doc about pertussis/whooping cough infection... make sure you are up to date with a dTaP shot to prevent infecting others in the future, especially infants and young children
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 7-10
That's how many days from the onset of symptoms you may push your luck trying to let it get better on its own.
You have inflammatory symptoms suggestive of pneumonia/bronchitis with pleurisy. Pleade seek advice.

In brief: 7-10
That's how many days from the onset of symptoms you may push your luck trying to let it get better on its own.
You have inflammatory symptoms suggestive of pneumonia/bronchitis with pleurisy. Pleade seek advice.
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
In brief: Depends
Chronic cough can be from many things - post nasal drip, asthma, allergies, medications, infection, even reflux (heartburn).
This certainly deserves a work-up by your doctor. An x-ray and blood work will go a long way to ruling out an infection. Breathing tests can help rule out asthma. A good history, physical, and medication review will also be required to get to the bottom of this.

In brief: Depends
Chronic cough can be from many things - post nasal drip, asthma, allergies, medications, infection, even reflux (heartburn).
This certainly deserves a work-up by your doctor. An x-ray and blood work will go a long way to ruling out an infection. Breathing tests can help rule out asthma. A good history, physical, and medication review will also be required to get to the bottom of this.
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