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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