Welcome Simone to the Pain Management Forum of MedHelp and Eagle it is always good to hear from you. I am sorry you are both having pain, and such similar pain.
If so many ppl are having the same symptoms it makes me wonder if their isn't another strange virus going around? The other thing that come to mind is Shingles.
Shingles will in time, present with a rash but it can be sensitive prior to the development of one. The first sign of the condition is a tingling or sensitivity of the skin in the affected area and than pain should follow. Pain may be perceived differently by everyone. The nerves supplying the chest and abdomen are commonly affected. The rash usually appears several days after the pain begins but it can take longer. Shingles affect only one side of the body. I would watch for a rash. If it is Shingles no OTC cream will give any significant relief of symptoms.
If your symptoms disappear in several days without the development of a rash and do not return you can most likely conclude it is a passing virus. If a rash is noted or the symptoms continue I encourage your both to contact your physician(s) for treatment.
Sorry I do not have better answers for you two. Others will post with their suggestions and/or opinions. Please let us know how this turns out for each of you. Take care, Tuck
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