This is Dr. David
your symptoms after this very hard sneeze or cough could have caused a hairline fracture of her rib
she can get a chest CT scan to look at her ribs in that area to check for hairline fracture.
she might benefit from a lidocaine 5% patch in the area to decrease pain.
an elastic velcro abdominal binder could also help decrease pain
ice and heating pads could help decrease pain there as well.
is she willing to ask her doctor for a chest CT Scan?
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