Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/Fractured ribs and bronchitis

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Monday I went to the ER with a diagnosis of fractured ribs, sent home with a prescription for Vicodin.  Wednesday night I was hit suddenly with a bad cough.  Have not slept since except maybe a couple hours per night.  Symptoms are vicious cough every few minutes with brown mucus, stuffed sinuses, fever which alternates between chills and sweating profusely- there is no middle ground, and I cannot eat.  Thursday morning the ER called in a prescription for Codeine to take with the Vicodin.  It helped a little, less coughing and fever, but not enough for me to believe it was in my best interests.  Went to the ER again Saturday morning as the pain is intense and I need to sleep- I have four children.  I thought I may have the flu and asked to be swabbed.  This doctor said no, sent me home with a diagnosis of Bronchitis and prescription of Diclofen and Benzonatate.  This is not working.  I cannot stop coughing.  I am at the end of my rope- I have not slept or eaten, and the pain is unbearable.  I don't know what to do.  I am miserable.  Please give me some advice.  I am a healthy individual who has no medical problems or family history of, I have never even had the flu.  I have been drinking a couple quarts of water and a few quarts of green tea with added antioxidants and vitamin c, and eating a few bites of food here and there daily.

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it does sound like you have the flu.... you may have gotten it waiting to be seen for the ribs.....   The Vicodin is as good a cough suppressant as you can get....   keep using that... if that doesn't cover pain there are other stronger pain meds...... I hope this helps....

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