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I've had a pain in my chest for a few weeks. Started off in

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Hi I've had a pain in my chest for a few weeks. Started off in my chest and thought was a pulled muscle now has moved to my side and back on the left hand side. Week ago I was coughing hard and heard a pop. Im not sure if this has anything to do with this. I have been diagnosed with laryngitis and struggling to rid of it even with penicillin. It moves when I lie down and can only be relieved by lying on that side. If I lie on my back its agony as well as coughing, sneezing, deep breathing and laughing. However it doesn't hurt to the touch and no longer feels muscular. I have broken ribs in the past and feels similar however pain is more intense... I live in England so I am able to have access to 12mg codiene and ibuprofen with paracetomal OTC however even this isn't touching this. I'm in considerable amount of pain. What do you recommend to do and think it is?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Your symptoms do suggest muscle sprain related issue.

You may have ruptured few muscle fibers from coughing.

May take several weeks to heal since you are still recovering from bronchitis.

A stronger cough suppressant is recommended to help with the healing process.

Avoidance of any stretching activities to rest the ribcage muscles is recommended highly.

A combination oral steroid and opiate medication may be helpful to control the pain.

Please see a local doctor for further evaluation.

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