Hi there. Is the pain constant or does it come and go? What brings it on or makes it worse?
no constant since about 3 hours
Does it hurt more when you cough?
Does it change at all with activity..worse or better?
no i don't have acidity
this is the first time this has happened after I've been coughing three days
activity, not acidity...does it get worse with walking, going up stairs etc?
no difference with activity
any shortness of breath? any dizziness? nausea?
slight shortness of breath - not bad
do u think i could have sprained a muscle coughing ?
do you have a history of heart trouble? any risk factors such as diabeted, high blood pressure, smoking?
no - never smoked - no history of heart trouble
does not sound cardiac....vigorous coughing can cause strain in the muscles of the chest wall, yes...some patients have been known to break a rib from coughing hard or continuously.
I'm on holiday in london i don't have a gp here -
but have travel insurance
I see. Does it hurt more if you take a very deep breath?
ok is it ok to take the 2 anvils again - or is one enough
yes a little
advil is 200mg, so you can take 3 or 4 at a time (600-800mg) depending on your tolerance. you can repeat this every 4-6 hours.
heart beat faster than normal
upper respiratory infections can lead to chest strain...they can also lead to pneumonia, which causes chest pain and shortness of breath in addition to cough...pleurisy is when the lining of the lung gets inflammed and this can hurt as well, though it is not dangerous.
the heart often accelerates due to fever and dehydration, as our fluid needs go up but our fluid intake tends to go down when we are ill.
ok - i was worried because it was only on the left side
yes, well don't worry unless the pain gets worse with activity or there are associated symptoms such as dizziness, increased shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, etc. if things don't improve with the advil you should consider going into a local urgent care type clinic just as a precaution.
you're welcome, i hope you feel better soon!