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Chest Infection - in agony with my back - what can I do????

rowanberryrrowanberry Posts: 27
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi All
I have had a chest infection for a few days and my back is agony when I cough or sneeze and that's all I am doing. What can I do - It's 3am here and I am keeping everyone awake coughing and crying - I feel like I am going mad. Got the GP tomorrow so hopefully will get something for the chest which is bad enough on it's own. How can I stop coughing????



  • In Canada we can get cough syrup with codine over the counter, which works really well for a cough. Make sure that you check with your pharmasist first to make sure that it's ok with your other medications.
  • I can't have alcohol and I couldn't find a cough mixture without alcohol in it.

    Although right now i don't really care - I would do anything to stop this cough!
  • Keep yourself propped up in bed with lots of pillows if you wait until tomorrow. My Dr. gives me hycodone for the cough but I've only had it twice in 15 years. Splint a pillow hold it close to your body when you cough like hug it to ease the pain from your back. Do you have a history of asthma? Well hope you get the help you need soon. I had to go to ER with a bad infection and couldn't stop coughing or catch my breath and they gave me ventolin and prescription for the z pack antibiotics. Hope you feel better. Charry

    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks :) I went to gp and got some Olbas oil to do steam inhalation and some codine to help my back - which seems to have relaxed the cough. What a nightmare for back suffers - to get a cough!!! I don't think anyone realises how painful it is. I was doubled up in the supermarket waiting for my tablets.. must have looked funny!

    Anyway I am now resting and haven't coughed for about an hour YAY!!
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