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    chest pain Please help me
    mickibillymikey posted:
    I have COPD. I hope I can post this here. for the past few weeks I have been coughing really really hard. I was never able to raise my mucus. Well I can now. But now my chest is so sore Only my left side. I have been to see my Dr. & he has said its caused by inflammation of the cartilage joining the ribs to the chest bone. It hurts so bad to breath, COUGH, lay on left or right side, or lay on my back. I have been sleeping the last few days in my recliner. I have been told to take Motrin,heating pad or cold compresses. can anyone give other tips. I'm really upset. I have no ins. due to unemplyment for me & hubby on SSI and no medicaid or care as of yet for him. I can't afford private ins. i have been hospitalizd 3 times this yr. 2x critical I'm only 52 Just diag this yr. This site is great. PS I had a CT last week & nothing showed except a very sm spot on my lung which they want me back in 6 months. --Thank you in advance - Michelle
    coughy16 responded:
    I have had that due to excessive coughing from my asthma. There really is not much you can do for it other than what you're doing. It will go away, but can take a little while. Try to avoid when you can the positions that are most uncomfortable. Where mine hurt worst was right where my bra band was, I want almost 2 months without wearing a normal bra, I used spanx cami, which had no band, but provided support, and that helped quite a bit. It is difficult to find a comfortable position for sleeping, I can sympathize! But rest assured that it will improve & then eventually go away. Also to help with the pain if you are coughing, hug a pillow to your chest, or wrap a towel around your chest area & pull it tight when you cough. That also helped a lot.

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