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I have had a bad cough for 2 weeks. After 5 days of antibiotics

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I have had a bad cough for 2 weeks. After 5 days of antibiotics it is getting better. When I cough I have a bad pain in the left side of my chest. Two days ago it was on the right side. I think it is muscle strain from coughing. However, it is not getting better and I am flying to the Middle East for 10 days tomorrow. My doctor's surgery is closed today Sunday. Could it be something more serious?

Is there pain when you press on the area?
How severe is the pain?
Any significant past medical illness?
Are you diabetic, have high blood pressure, are sedentary, stressed, over weight, smoker, take alcohol?
Is your cholesterol or lipid profile normal?


Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes the area is tender when touched.

I had breast cancer 22 years ago and have only 25% kidney function on that side, due to a congenital deformation which was corrected by surgery 12 years ago. I have had a chest xray but the results will not come through before I travel.

My blood pressure is lower than normal. I am fitter than normal, low weight, non smoking, occasional light alcohol, daily yoga etc. I have not had my cholesterol tested but have always had a very heathy diet.


Your symptoms are likely caused by muscle strain due to coughing. Following may be helpful;

1) Warm compresses
2) Local analgesic cream
3) Over the counter pain medication.

It is not likely related to heart or anything serious.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.


I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.


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