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I developed a cold or sinus infection on Friday and on Saturday evening and night I had a lot of drainage. Now on Sunday, the phlegm this morning was thick and discolored but not so much this afte3rnoon--however, when I cough my back hurts a little. Can you advise if the back pain is something I need to look into or is it part of the recovery process?

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Hello,

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The back pain is due to the repeated coughing. During cough there is sudden movement of the intercostal muscles and some individual muscles of the back. These muscles are attached to the spine. So naturally when there is repeated cough the muscle attachment becomes sore. You need not worry about this pain. Once the cough resolves this will also resolve.

If the pain is troubling you, you can take an OTC pain medication like Ibuprofen 400 mg twice daily. I also recommend steam inhalation through nose, which will help in reducing the cough symptoms.

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Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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