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Hello, I have no idea if I am writing in the correct group here, but it seems for a few weeks I have had a pain in my right side, about half way up, below the bust, which has got worse (I have been coughing a lot due to illness but I am not sure if this is related. It hurts when I do certain movements or burp. It isn't constant but when it's there it is a sharp nasty pain. It seems to have moved too - before it was in my back and now its moved just to the front. Anyone able to help please?
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You are pulling the muscles with each cough....put some ice in the area a couple of times a day...muscles get aggrivated and inflammed. Ice eases the pain and internal swelling.
It could also be a slight strain/ pull to any of the muscles surrounding your ribs from coughing so much.
I would treat yourself to a nice warm bath, and take paracetamol/ co-codamol and ibuprofen for the pain (providing it is safe for you to do so). Personally rather than taking them all at once I take the paracetamol/ co-codamol, then 2/3 hours later the ibuprofen, then back to paracetamol/ co-codamol so you get ongoing pain relief.
Heat sprays and pads or hot water bottles may also help. You can also use a pain relief gel but read the packet carefully, a lot of these gels are ibuprofen based so be careful not to overdose on ibuprofen if you are using the gel too.
If it doesn't improve in a few days then see your doctor, who may be able to provide better pain relief.
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