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    In terms of heat pads, I find the moist heat pads work much better than any of the others. I also brace the part of my body that hurts when I cough. It reduces the pain, and I think it helps with healing. I also find massage therapy a great help.

    Finally, I did crack some ribs earlier this year. That pain took much longer to go away than other back pain.

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    I have nothing to add except Ed you made me laugh with that story!!! Hahahaha!!

    Jenn 40 wCF

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    Haaa!!! BikerEd, that was too funny!!!!

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    BikerEd, that cracked me up!! I’ll have to pull out some Pamprin for my son next time and try that. :)

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    Regular weightlifting made most of my muscle and joint pains go away. Coughing still wears me out eventually but not to the point of getting feverishly ill and in pain as before.

    And I agree on the coughing into something like a cloth or pillow to make it a bit more gentle on your body and throat.

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    Also, as more of a preventative measure you could hug a pillow while coughing. I used to do that all the time when I’d get really bad coughing fits that lasted for days. It helps take some of the pressure off, or at least it seems to.

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    thanks! all those things helped!

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    I found six shots of Jamison, and a twelve pack of beer, andI don’t feel anything. Okay I got my joke aside before everybody gets all serious on me. Actually, I do the heating pad and Motrin (Advil upsets my stomach) and hot showers are my best friend. I buy the big bottles of Motrin and I keep a little bottle filled with them so I can keep them handy at work. One day at work (I work in construction) I popped a couple of Motrin, within an hour I felt great, my muscle pain was gone in my back, and my knee joints did’nt hurt and I hada ton of energy. I got home and started writing down the lot number on my Motrin bottle because I was going to the store and buying all I could find. At dinner I announced my plans, and my wife and two daughters glance around at each other and they start to smirk, then giggle finally laughing till they were in tears. When they finally calmed down I found out that my (then) fourteen year old daughter was embarrassed to carry around a big bottle of pampran (I know I spelt that wrong and you know what it is for) so she adopted my Motrin bottle trick. Long story short that stuff works! Though the doc’s may disagree with the caffeine amount, but I out worked everybody that day.
    Best of Luck

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    You can boil a pot of water and put a towel in it. Get another towel (a dry one) and wrap it around your chest and back. Put the hot wet one on top and let it sit for no more than 20 minutes. It will be cold by then, anyway.

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    We actually use the vest (air clearance therapy machine) on a lower setting and this seems to massage my son’s chest and back which relieves sore muscles better than anything else. This plus hot baths, ibuprofen or alleve (but watch that it doesn’t upset your stomach) and hot showers all seem to help a little bit. The vest on 30% seems to really help. We usually use it at 90% for mucus clearing.

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    Might check it out to see if it isn’t a rib out of place. I thought it was muscles when I was in the hospital, but turned out to be a rib out of place.

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    2 advil before going to bed


    I get extremely tight muscles in my back, neck, and shoulders and it can be very painful. I usually take 3-4 Advil, a warm bath, and massage my shoulders myself. If I wasn’t single, I’d be making my spouse do it :) Also a hot shower can help if I just let the hot water run over my back. I’ll sometimes put IcyHot on my back and it seems to help a bit.

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    I’m having the same issue with the sore muscles. I using a heat pad on my back off and on. I also have a heated massage chair cover and if the regular heating pad doesn’t work, I’ll use the heated massage and that usually works pretty well.


    Once in a while my husband will rub my back to ease my sore muscles from coughing. When he isn’t available I will do a warm bath or a warm heating pad on my back and shoulders.
    Sometimes it gets to be too much and I will take 1-2 Advil to help with the discomfort. Doesn’t ease the cough but helps the muscles some.

    Wish this worked better on my sore ribs.

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