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Bruised/cracked rib or muscle strain?
So I've had this awful cough for a few weeks, I chalked it up to being a smokers cough since I don't have a fever or anything. But for about a week not I've been getting really sharp pains in my upper ribcage just under and to the left of my left breast. It doesn't feel like a pulled muscle because no amount of massaging or heat or ice treatment has worked and it's gradually becoming worse. No bruising or noticable swelling, and when I put slight pressure on it it hurts (I've only done this when it hurts really bad and I hold it). Is it more likely a cracked/bruised rib, or a pulled muscle? And how do I make it hurt less bc I still have my cough?
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Pl get your x rays done. Your cough needs to be treated at earliest. Also do your vitamin levels as consult orthopedic surgeon
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Usually chronic cough might be the cause of the rib pain My advice would be treat the cough take antibiotics and cough suppressants Only in older age would there be a chance of rib fracture while coughing Use ur hand to cover the rib around the area of pain while coughing Take steam inhalation too
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