coughing making my back hurt

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iluvmymonkies2
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   Posted 7/5/2012 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
Ok, so I'm 24 years old. I HAVE had a cough for 6 weeks now. I know, I know go to the doctor!! But i don't have insurance. I'm a full time student I graduate in Dec. The only place where I can afford healthcare is in Mexico ( I live near the border) but violence has been bad over there so i don't want to risk a gunshot over a cold. Anyway back to my pain, in the past 2 weeks I HAVE felt pain in the upper right side of my back. It hurts most when i cough. Lately it went down to my lower back. I now also feel pressure in my fight side of my chest when i cough. I'm really hoping my body can fight off whatever it has on its own but I'm starting to think I'm getting sicker everyday. If i HAVE to see a doctor, I will but what do you guys think? Anybody has had similar experience?

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   Posted 7/5/2012 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Monkies. I see you're new here, so welcome.

A cough and pain that's persisted for this long really needs medical attention - but it's easy for me to say living in a very safe area where I don't have to risk violence to seek medical assistance.

What you must realist is that we are not doctors here and can't give medical advice. But - I am recovering from illness with symptoms very much as you're describing. I started a few weeks ago with severe pain in the area you describe, coughing, and then the pain spread round my lower back and the front of my chest. I've been coughing badly, wheezing like crazy - I turned out to have bad bronchitis and pleurisy, and possibly in the very early stages of developing pneumonia. I've been on antibiotics and ventolin, and still feeling rubbish.

Have you got a fever? How well are you breathing? Do you feel like you're wheezing? Are you getting out of breath with your normal activities? If it's a yes - you really do need to make that trip to the doctor.

The pain in your chest - I know it hurts, but it's important you breathe as deeply as you can without causing yourself to have coughing fits. I'm finding that warm showers (with the water directed on the painful areas of my back) are helpful, as is inhaling steam. I know you guys are in summer there too - but if it's not too hot to tolerate it, or you're not too hot with a fever, something like a hot water bottle or wheat back on the painful areas of your back and chest might help some of the pain too.

Please do see a doctor - and check back and let us know how you're doing.

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   Posted 7/5/2012 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Monkies...

Do either of your parents have health insurance? You can be on their plan until age 26...So I would definitely look into this immediately...

Otherwise...you can go to the ER or an Urgent Care and they have to treat you, even if you can't pay...

As mentioned..you really need to see a Dr. None of us here can offer any type of diagnosis...

Hopefully it's something as simple as a respiratory infection that can easily be treated with antibiotics...

So...I hope that you go to see a Dr. today and let us know how it goes..
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Equestrianne12
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   Posted 7/7/2012 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
this is not good. the long cough with the pain you are describing can be a few things, pneumonia, pleurisy, or bronchitis. Look up pleurisy to see if that is what you are feeling. to be truthful you have to go to the dr some way or another because you need a chest x ray and some antibiotics. no matter what you are going to need to see a doctor on this one, can you try a cheap walk in clinic (i know the word cheap is useless when referring to medical care) but anything like that once you mess around with the back pain it can go from bad to worse quickly with lungs which can mean a very large problem both money and health wise. I have been a donkey about going to the dr when I was uninsured and went from bronchitis to pneumonia with pleurisy and ended up a week in the hospital. I do not want to scare you, had I gotten antibiotics I would not have been in that hospital bed. between now and then you need to get your lungs opened up. My doctor would tell you to drink hot tea, I know its summer but take a hot steamy bath or shower or even head over boiling water pot with a towel breath in the steam. if you can stick some eucalyptis or lavender in the steamy water it will break up the junk in your lungs. no alcohol at all right as it will impair your ability to stay hydrated. basically steam your lungs like I said, get to the dr when you can, look up pleurisy and definately take some ib profun. drink hot liquids even warm lemon honey water would help. also saline spray up the nose wouldn't hurt one bit if you are coughing because of post nasal drip. feel better and best wishes
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iluvmymonkies2
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   Posted 7/8/2012 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the great advise. Honestly, I think you all scared me into going to the Dr. ( finally :) ) I guess, I was thinking the back, chest pain and coughing are my only symptoms so I figured I was getting better. about a month ago, I went about 2 weeks with a fever and body aches, but that went away. I would not want whatever I have to get more serious.

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   Posted 7/8/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i wanted to welcome you to our cp forum. Glad you found us but sorry you are having such a tough time with this cough.
Like the others I would definitely suggest you go to a dr. Waiting any longer will only make matter worse. It does sound like a bronchitis or pneumonia. Hope you can get treated soon.
Let us know how it all goes for you.

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iluvmymonkies2
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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I am also very glad to have found this site. I really feel like, although this is in no way medical advice, its good to know if anybody has any experience with what I am going through and if they have any help to offer. It's great!

iluvmymonkies2
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   Posted 7/10/2012 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I finally went to the Dr. and it turns out I did have pleurisy. I am now on antibiotics and anti inflammatory medicine. He said its not a big deal and I should get better with the meds. But that it could have gotten worse if I didn't take care of it...so very glad I went! Thanks a lot for the support!!

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   Posted 7/10/2012 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi iluvmymonkies2, Welcome to the site. So glad to see you went to the Dr. From what I read you really needed too. Hoping the Antibiotics and anti inflammatory knock it right out of you. Snow bunny mentioned something that was such a good idea. If your parents have insurance you can be covered on it now with the new Insurance regulations in place. It is well worth checking in to. As it was before some insurances also let you stay on your parents policies until age 25 as long as you were in school. Anyway, Good luck with you ailments and hope you get feeling better. I'd make sure I took the whole round of Antibiotics even though you may get feeling better before they are gone.

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   Posted 7/11/2012 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Monkies, glad you went to the doctor!

As I mentioned in my original message to you - I've just had pleurisy too (this is about the fourth time for me) so I know it's not fun. Rest up and hope you are feeling better very soon.

Laura
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   Posted 7/11/2012 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad you got into a doctor a cough is not something to wait around with, so next time do seek out medical attention sooner.
Sure hope your feeling better very soon, give the antibotics 2 to 3 days before they begin to work.
Many well wishes...and look into getting vitamin C to keep infections away after you've recovered...
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   Posted 7/11/2012 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW! So many great people here to help! I was worried reading the post's then relieved when I read that you went to the Dr.!!! I hope you get well soon!!!
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